Take This Stuff and Hack It!

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TAKE THIS BOOK AND HACK IT!

Transform common household items into really cool stuff You don't need to be an electronics genius to get started turning everyday items into high-performing wonders. With how-to guru Dave Prochnow's step-by-step directions and fully illustrated plans, even beginners can hack their way to a high-tech home, cooler toys, and less yard work.

MORE THAN 30 FASCINATING, FUN-TO-BUILD ...

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TAKE THIS BOOK AND HACK IT!

Transform common household items into really cool stuff You don't need to be an electronics genius to get started turning everyday items into high-performing wonders. With how-to guru Dave Prochnow's step-by-step directions and fully illustrated plans, even beginners can hack their way to a high-tech home, cooler toys, and less yard work.

MORE THAN 30 FASCINATING, FUN-TO-BUILD PROJECTS

Transform a vacuum cleaner into a home security system-or a toy. Hack an electric line trimmer that will mow your lawn for you. Computerize colored lights for seasonal decorations that make your neighbors' jaws drop. These are but a few of the more than 30 inventive and imaginative projects inside.

BUILD SKILLS AND CREATIVITY

Certain to fire your imagination-and start you plotting new, original, and even more creative wonders you can make from ordinary household items-Take This Stuff and Hack It! is the perfect gift for your inner inventor.

HACK THIS

  • Apple iPod
  • Bicycle
  • Digital and film cameras
  • Discarded cell phones, PDAs, etc.
  • Electric power from the sun
  • Furniture
  • Lawn mower
  • Robosapien
  • Roomba
  • Sony PSP
  • VW Beetle
  • And much more!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071477376
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 479
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Prochnow is an award-winning professional writer, editor, and contributor to numerous technical publications and is the Contributing Editor for Nuts and Volts and SERVO Magazine. He is the author of 27 nonfiction books, including the bestselling books The Official Robosapien Hacker's Guide and PSP Hacks, Mods, and Expansions, both published by McGraw-Hill. In 2001, Dave won the Maggie Award for writing the best how-to article in a consumer magazine. To learn more about Dave's books and other projects, visit his web site: www.pco2go.com.

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Table of Contents

Disclaimer
Dedication
Foreword
Introduction
Part 1. The Fine Art of Hacks, Mods, and Expansions
Chapter 1: Baby You Can Mod My Rod
Chapter 2: Twist Dem Nuts
Chapter 3: Power to the People
Chapter 4: Shuttered But Not Shackled
Chapter 5: Smile, Say 43-68-65-65-73-65
Chapter 6: Eat to the Beet
Chapter 7: Put Your Finger on This Pulse
Chapter 8: You Stud Muffin
Chapter 9: High Five, Wi-Fi
Chapter 10: You Are Mow Wonderful, To Me
Chapter 11: Wanna Play House, Doll?
Chapter 12: Recycle, Reuse, Redux
Chapter 13: Knit Wit
Chapter 14: Google(plex)
Chapter 15: Some Heavy Petting
Chapter 16: Harem Scare 'em
Chapter 17: Beat Your Beat
Chapter 18: One Way, Feng Shui
Chapter 19: Courage! I'd Rather Not
Chapter 20: 'Tis the Season
Chapter 21: Tail-e-Essen
Chapter 22: Perk Me Up
Chapter 23: Call Me
Chapter 24: Get da Case on Deez Goods
Chapter 25: Red Flag, Top Gun
Chapter 26: Tattoo You; and Me, Too
Part 2. Case Studies
Case Study 1: iRobot Roomba — A Clean Room Makes a Dirty Mind (Especially with Mind Control)
Case Study 2: WowWee Robotics Robosapien and Friends (The WowWee Factor)
Case Study 3: Apple Computer iPod — Hack to a Different Drummer
Case Study 4: Sony PSP — Make Your PSP Happy, Hack it into a Sony Mac OS PSP and LocationFree, LocationFree, LocationFree TV
Epilogue
Appendix A: Things to Know, Places to Go (Text and Links supporting the text)
Appendix B: DIY Death (An examination of how manufacturers are designing not to behacked)
Index

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