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 p8t.ch 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 (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).