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I collect patches for my travel pack, and they’re great for conversation starters while traveling. This patch can help you meet fellow nerds along your way, and let them take away a little digital something (website, email addy, favorite recipe) by snapping a phonepic. Here’s a sample use-case from the website:

THEM: “Hey, what happened to your leg?”

YOU: “Oh, I broke it in a highly harebrained, yet thoroughly entertaining way. Here, scan my p8tch and you can watch the video!”

THEM: [scans the p8tch: BEEP!] “OH DEAR GOD YOU IDIOT wow ha ha, let me buy you a beer.”

YOU: [enjoys beer]

When you have one, you can change what it points to through the website’s database, so I’m sure with a little scripting it could even reflect your twitter feed. If you have silkscreen and serging capabilities, though, I’m sure you could make your own! Via Core77.


Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern is director of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. Her personal site:

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