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Maker Faire 2010: Electronic Fireflies

One thing we were sure to hit up at Maker Faire 2010 was the Humble Earth Productions booth. Why were we so keen? First a little background. I come from Indiana originally. Moving out to California, there’s one thing I’ve missed more than I thought I would: fireflies. They were everywhere when I was growing up, and there are none in California. What’s a geek to do?

Well, if you’re Humble Earth, you get out some circuit boards and solve the problem like a true Maker. Enter the electronic firefly. These little beauties gather solar energy throughout the day, and then around dusk they start to blink with the color AND blink rate of actual fireflies. How cool is that? This makes me pretty darn happy, if you think you could use some lightning bugs in your yard too, hit up their site and place an order. You’ll be glad you did…

There are 3 comments.

  1. DJ said on May 26, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    I’m in the same boat. I live in California, but grew up on Long Island, where the fireflies are plentiful. They’d sold out of lightning bugs by the time I’d found the booth, but the ambiance in their simple booth will likely drive me to their website.

  2. Andrew said on May 27, 2010 at 6:36 am

    I was telling my wife that the great tragedy of fireflies is that everyone I knew growing up would squish them, to see the glow longer. Of course, this was all done when we were REALLY little, before we could really put together that we were actually killing a living thing. After all, you killed spiders and ants in the house, right? As soon as I put together that I was killing the things I loved so much, I was completely horrified, and never did it again. One of those quirks of growing up in the midwest, I suppose. Sadly, some people never got it, and continued to squish them. Jerks.

  3. Jeannie said on May 27, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    I have never seen an actual firefly – I Want!

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