Brainstorming to create a wearable audio device (wristband, pendant) that would contain a chip with a 60/120 second recording from a loved one which could be worn in the hospital for patients in serious condition from the corona virus and isolated from family contact.
It is important the device is small and button activated, easily operated by the patient or nurse. Repurposing sound modules from plush toys, that have the recordable feature would work. If anybody has access to such modules please get in touch.
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OoOoOoOoHThanks to our volunteer fix-it coaches and participants for a fun first-ever virtual Boulder U-Fix-It Clinic.
We had useful discussions about:
- how to fix a broken silver / silver-plated candlestick holder.
Use a small pin/brad/nail to reinforce the joint, drill the right sized hole. Epoxy, like JB Weld
- how to find the screws that hold an external optical drive case together. Yup, under the rubber feet as expected!
But, the micro USB connector that popped off the circuit board is not an easy fix. Surface mount soldering skills required.
- how to replace a lamp socket. Easy to demo this with a good USB camera.
- fixed a broken drawer hinge. needed to figure out which screws in the complex hidden hinge are for adjustments and which hold it together.
- what to do about a failed rechargeable battery pack on a small appliance.
It is much easier, and probably cheaper, to purchase a replacement battery pack for an appliance (in this case a small vacuum cleaner) than to try to assemble one from individual batteries.

We'll do this again soon.
Next time, we'll ask for pre-registrations so we can assign participants and coaches to video conference "breakout" rooms to work on the same sort of projects together.
(And thanks to Fred to remembering to take a screengrab!)
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Stephen recovers data from an Asus netbook. Doug deep dives into the wireless headphones. Emily, Rocco, and Mike find bad solder joints in the NAD receiver. Jack fashions a new stretcher for the umbrella. Wynn finds a bad switch on the space heater. He and Rocco look at three clocks. Kevin uses ceramic wirenuts and heat-resistant braid to rewire the hot plate and offers strategies for the melted power cord on the toaster oven. Mike makes a new hinge for the bracelet. The reuseable bag gets new elastic. Charlie and Stephen rewire Kathy's lamp.D65 ... See MoreSee Less

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