Share a light-up LED heart with your valentine

It’s not roses or jewelry, but we hope [Erik]‘s light-up USB heart will be appreciated by his significant other. When the two heart pieces come in contact with each other, each side lights up.

[Erik] started his build by cutting two half-heart shaped pieces out of polycarbonate. After drilling a few holes for LEDs and wires, magnets and reed switches were installed along the ‘broken’ side of the heart. Whenever the hearts come in contact with each other, the magnets trip the reed switches and light up both sides of the heart.

There is USB flash drive embedded in each heart half is loaded with a portable Dropbox. When the USB drive is plugged into a computer, the dropbox steps into action and synchronizes the photo album stored in each heart half. No matter how far apart they are, [Erik] and his SO can share pictures through their glowing LED hearts. Not to come off as a hopeless romantic, but this sounds like something we’d like for Valentine’s day. We’re hoping [Erik]‘s SO thinks that as well.

Comments

  1. Josh says:

    Why can’t we get holiday projects like this, you know, BEFORE the holiday it’s intended for. I know someone this would have been perfect for, but it’s too late by the time everything is ordered, assembled, and shipped.

  2. Will says:

    I’ve got one I’ll be submitting, but I’ve kept from posting ithere or on my website because my wife checks my site all the time, so it’d been done for a week now, but I’ll be putting it on my site tonight and submitting it here :)

  3. Hirudinea says:

    Should have been made of chocolate, not polycarbonate.

  4. Malikaii says:

    The portable DropBox link is down with a “runtime error”.

    This is pretty awesome. Could have used more diffusion on the LEDs though.

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