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« on: December 15, 2009 05:15:32 AM »

Hi all,

I'm a big fan of making small things such as toys etc. - and I love all of the cute things everyone on Craftster makes. But at the same time I want them to have a function so as to not just sit around and collect dust. Behold the Totoro iPod remote:



Here he (?) is in action adjusting the volume on my iPod. It works by pressing either the top or bottom of the belly. Inside is a soft circuit made of conductive fabric and thread.



It's a Christmas present for my sister - I can't wait for her to open it.

The electronics and the tutorial to build it is all from Aniomagic http://www.aniomagic.com/remote/. I made the pattern for the Totoro myself from a random picture found via googles image search.

Comments and questions are welcome.
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2009 06:03:14 AM »

That's incredible! It would've been cute if you could slide up and down his belly for volume control because it'll be like 'tickling' totoro, but still this is great!
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2009 06:22:34 AM »

I love it!!!  I am always wanting the cute to be functional too!  Although I rarely succeed  Undecided

You have acheived it perfectly. Great job!!
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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2009 06:59:19 AM »

wists, lusts, loves! Awesome work!
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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2009 07:22:10 AM »

That's such a great idea. It's so rare to find something that's both cute and functional! I'm sure your sister will love it  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2009 08:15:10 AM »

Thank you all :-)

@ochamelon: That would be so cute! You made me think of that cute scene in the movie, put a smile to my face. Unfortunately I don't think that would be technically possible - at least not within my abilities - as the switch is activated by two sheets of fabric pressing against each other. But thanks for the idea; now I'll tell my sister that she needs to tickle Totoro (while pressing).
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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2009 02:29:07 PM »

Thank you all :-)

@ochamelon: That would be so cute! You made me think of that cute scene in the movie, put a smile to my face. Unfortunately I don't think that would be technically possible - at least not within my abilities - as the switch is activated by two sheets of fabric pressing against each other. But thanks for the idea; now I'll tell my sister that she needs to tickle Totoro (while pressing).

Oh nono, you could just say you have to poke him! Poking totoro's huge belly is cute enough!
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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2009 03:36:32 PM »

That might just be the best thing I've seen all year!
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« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2009 02:06:45 PM »

Very cool. I love Totoro.
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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2009 03:44:33 AM »

This is amazing! Great job.
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