Want to go beyond construction paper, glue, and scissors this year? Do-it-yourselfer Ian Lesnet wired up a pulsating LED Valentine's day heart that's touch activated. Check out the video to see it in action, and download the plan details over at his web site. (Also hit the the via link for more great DIY Valentines for geeks from Make.)
DIY Touch-Activated, Pulsating Valentine Heart
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