After one week of digital domesticity, the O'Malleys reminisced over the good ol' days. They found out time-saving gadgets didn't make their lives any easier. They were begging that all the technology be taken out of their house by the end of the week.
The Brieres preferred virtual reality to the real thing. Taking tech away didn't make the Brieres feel closer. In fact, they say their life was less efficient, fun and engaging. After cooling off their high-tech hotspot, they felt not having gadgets pushed them apart as a family.
Whether your family is like the O'Malleys or the Brieres, a new book from the editors of MAKE Magazine called "The Best of Instructables Vol. 1" can offer some great tips on home-brewed technological projects that turn techno junk into high-tech gifts.
iPod Speaker From a Christmas Card: Don't toss out that singing Christmas card, instead find out how to transform it into a mini home stereo by clicking here.
Wallet From a Keyboard: Your keyboard is good for more than just typing. Click here to see how to turn your old keyboard into a 21st-century gift.
Musical Earmuffs From Stuffed Animals and Headphones: Take your furry friends from trash-bound to snow-bound. Click here to find out how.
Also, check out Danny Briere's Books by clicking here.