Rachel spotted this cool tutorial from Grathio labs. Illumination is provided by an LED strip, switched on or off by a whisker switch that detects the position of the cover. Mechanically dimmable by the simple act of opening or closing the cover at a wider or narrower angle. [via CRAFT]

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Matt Hearn

    I really, really hate it when people destroy books for projects like this, I don’t know why but it makes me feel very uncomfortable.

    • http://smragan.com Sean Michael Ragan

      Well, I share your distaste for the *wholesale* destruction of books,
      because of its association with thought control, Farenheit 451, etc.,
      etc. But the world is also full of terrible or useless or redundant
      books that will do more good as a lamp or a safe, IMHO, than they ever
      will for any potential future readers. Outdated public-school science
      textbooks, for instance.

      • River

        Like Twilight, for instance

        • Sean Michael Ragan

          Zing! =)