62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer: (And Other Discarded Electronics)

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Don't trash it -- Transform it!

It's irresistible geek chic: 62 projects with step-by-step instructions for repurposing old computers, cell phones, scanners, mp3 players—even that nest of useless cables and drawerful of meaningless remotes. There are fashion projects: RAM Money Clip, Capacitor Earrings. Arts and crafts projects: Mouse Pencil Sharpener. Gadget goodness: USB Destop Fan, Postindustrial Nightlight. And great toys, like My First Squiggle Bot and Mr. Resistor Man. ...

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Overview


Don't trash it -- Transform it!

It's irresistible geek chic: 62 projects with step-by-step instructions for repurposing old computers, cell phones, scanners, mp3 players—even that nest of useless cables and drawerful of meaningless remotes. There are fashion projects: RAM Money Clip, Capacitor Earrings. Arts and crafts projects: Mouse Pencil Sharpener. Gadget goodness: USB Destop Fan, Postindustrial Nightlight. And great toys, like My First Squiggle Bot and Mr. Resistor Man. Includes the basic tools and techniques for working with electronics and a full-color insert that shows the finished projects.

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Following the philosophy that old hardware can be repurposed rather than added to the landfill, artist and first-time author Sarafan presents an array of projects, from a keyboard lamp to a kitty condo. Safety considerations are somewhat lacking, given the toxic components and need for soldering. Some of the finished projects look unpolished and others are impractical; still, this is an interesting and original foray into recycling electronics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761152439
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/27/2010
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 546,767
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Randy Sarafan is a new-media artist who is currently a Virtual Fellow with the cutting-edge F.A.T. (Free Art and Technology) Lab; is a top project contributor and community manager at Instructables.com, the leading user-generated how-to website; has contributed to Make magazine; and creates projects with a unique style and an eye for fun (a breathalyzer microphone, water-gun alarm clock, USB-enabled fruit). He graduated with honors in the Design Technology program at Parsons School of Design and lives in San Francisco.
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Table of Contents


Contents:

Introduction

Chapter 1: Tools, Techniques, and Safety
Find out what lurks in the depths of your computer, learn how to get at it, and how to dig in safely.

Chapter 2: Projects for a Postconsumer Dwelling
Get smart with 14 projects to deck out your desk and office, live large in your living room, and geek out your kitchen with your fried electronics.

Chapter 3: Fashionable Technology
Go geek chic with 12 projects to accessorize your look—because there’s so much more to style than a well-placed pocket protector.

Chapter 4: Fun-Fun-Fun-Fun-Fun-Fun!
Robots and Aliens and Lasers—oh, my. Here are 6 clever projects you can make for yourself or a friend—just for the fun of it.

Chapter 5: Arts and Crafts
Indulge your creative side with 9 projects that turn computer scraps into sculpture (and notebooks and wallets and pencil sharpeners and picture frames and ...)

Chapter 6: Making Noise
Let's get loud: From instruments to speakers to amps, here are 6 projects to help you turn up the volume.

Chapter 7: Gadget Goodness
From the practical to the prank-worthy, here are 10 projects to unleash the gadget god within.

Chapter 8: Playful Pet Projects
Feed the birds, raise an ant farm, wrangle the lizards, introduce your cat to a different sort of dead mouse and more: 5 projects for your growing menagerie.

Acknowledgments

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2010

    Fun book!

    This book is extremely entertaining. Very creative and interesting projects were made with stuff you would just be throwing away (very green). Interesting facts. Great instruction. Even if you don't do projects, it's a great coffee table book. Great design and easy reading, too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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