Craft & Design Technology
LED “Swimmies”

What happens when you cross an LED Throwie with a Koi fish? You get LED Swimmies, a.k.a. Lightfish. Basically they’re just a Throwie sealed inside of a colored plastic fish. Artist Karl Klar did an installation of 500 of these Swimmies (which don’t actually move) in the pond outside of the new Ars Electronica Center being built in Linz, Austria. Visitors to the site were given fishing poles with magnets on them to “catch” a souvenir to take home. These would be cool to put in a home pond or pool for a nighttime backyard party.

How to create a lightfish – Link


  • LED Throwies coverage on MAKE: Blog – Link

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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