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Picture of Podcoasters: NFC Fridge Magnets for Loading Your Favourite Shows

In my house we love listening to podcasts - particularly while working in the kitchen.

Trying to decide what to listen to can be a bit challenging though. It can be a bit hard to remember which ones we've listened to most recently, and whether there are any new ones we particularly liked.

To help us with our decision making and to make loading podcasts quick and easy, we created Podcoasters - fridge magnet representations of our favourite shows. These tiles are each equipped with an NFC sticker, allowing us to load the corresponding podcast by simply placing our phone near it. .

This is among the easiest projects I've ever made, but also the most useful.

We use these guys almost every single day. We prefer it to using a podcast app because it makes collaborative decision making easier (we can both easily see our podcast list, which facilitates discussion), and we don't have to dig into our phone apps to load the shows.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

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  • Thick Cardstock
  • NFC Stickers (I ordered mine here, they cost approximately $8 US for 12)
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Magnets (I recycled mine from an old fridge magnet)
  • Paintbrush
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • X-ACTO Knife

Note: You will also need a smartphone that can read NFC tags. We have no trouble with our Android phones; however, I understand that many Apple products do not have this capability (looks like this might be changing with iOS12 though)

Interesting idea! Fun little magnets :)