Yury Gitman makes unique and thoughtful toys with snuggly plush and custom electronics. We’ve looked at his My Beating Heart toy before, and now he’s come up with ChuChi, the plush night light. Yury narrates this adorable demo video. Yury teaches a class at Parsons The New School for Design, where I met him when I took his “Making Wireless Toys” class. His toys are innovative and high-quality, miles away from the beepy, media-conglomorate-endorsed playthings we normally see. Check out his full lineup at Banana Design Lab.

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”).

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