International Fashion Machines is releasing a kit version of their fabulous Electro-PUFF light dimmers. No special skills are needed, so it could be a fun project to do with kids or give to a crafty friend interested in “smart” materials:
The ElectroPUFF Craft Kit makes it possible for anyone to create a fun and funky item that’s also on the cutting edge of technology. The ElectroPUFF Lamp Dimmer is a soft, whimsical pompom that connects to any incandescent table lamp and controls light levels with just a gentle tap. IFM’s patented electronic-textile technology is the magic behind the ElectroPUFF. Special conductive yarns that sense your touch are combined with colorful recycled carpet fibers to form the soft switch. Because it combines crafting with innovative technology – and is so easy to make – it has wide-range appeal for kids, grandmothers, science enthusiasts, techies and anyone who enjoys crafts. And it’s as safe as plugging a lamp into a wall.
They’re even offering a special 10% discount for CRAFT readers on all products until the end of the year. The promotional code is “craft” and can be entered into the shopping cart before checkout. (Not applicable with any other offer :-) Link.