The Big Book of Hacks: 264 Amazing DIY Tech Projects

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Overview

Fire up your soldering iron, charge up that drill, and get ready to hack! From a tiny theremin to a watermelon keg, from an automatic cat feeder to a glowing mousepad, the ingenious and hilarious projects in The Big Book of Hacks are perfect for aspiring makers. And it's all brought to you by the DIY masters at Popular Science magazine.

Four comprehensive chapters help you create megafun games and toys for the amusement of all:

GEEK TOYS Be the...

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Overview

Fire up your soldering iron, charge up that drill, and get ready to hack! From a tiny theremin to a watermelon keg, from an automatic cat feeder to a glowing mousepad, the ingenious and hilarious projects in The Big Book of Hacks are perfect for aspiring makers. And it's all brought to you by the DIY masters at Popular Science magazine.

Four comprehensive chapters help you create megafun games and toys for the amusement of all:

GEEK TOYS Be the life of any party with rad gaming hacks, amazing pyrotechnics, quirky DIY robots, "wow"-inducing projectiles, and lots of ways to make beer even better.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS Pimp out your pad with a laser-security system, an improvised sous-vide cooker, and a life-size cardboard display of anyone you want.

GADGET UPGRADES Want to stash a flash drive in an old cassette? Use a DIY stylus on a touchscreen? Improvise a fisheye lens for your camera? With this book, you can.

THINGS THAT GO Give your motorbike a Tron vibe, deck out your car with an action-figure hood ornament, and keep gadgets charged on the go with a solar-powered backpack.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616283995
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 295,887
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 2.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the world’s largest science and technology magazine, with 6.7 million readers. Each month, Popular Science reports on the intersection of science and everyday life, delivering a new look at the future now. It’s the ultimate guide to what’s new and what’s next. Popular Science is one of the oldest continuously published magazines in the United States, and is published in five languages and nine countries. Its web site, popsci.com, has been readers’ first stop for up-to-the-minute science news since the site first went live in 1999.

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

    I think this book is worth having around the house, especially i

    I think this book is worth having around the house, especially if you have a little money and time on your hands for many of the more complicated projects. If you don't have money to spare, and you're not savvy with electronics, however, your choices of projects will be rather limited. Although, it is a popular science book, so I guess you should expect some money and know-how to be required in order to carry out the instructions for most of the projects.

    I did, however, find several projects that required little to no shopping or technical knowledge, including the pill bottle sparkler (project 038), the plastic cup chandelier (020), the mint-tin guitar (052), the steampunk-inspired laptop case (176), and the customized welcome mat (081). I am also excited to try my hand at some of the more complex ideas, like the pocket theremin (080).

    This book is worth it even for the ten or so projects I might realistically get around to doing, but it's also simply inspiring and interesting to read, and I like to think that, over time, I'll try many more of its unique suggestions.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Full of awesomeness!

    Bought this for my husband as a Christmas gift. He prides himself on being a little geeky. He absolutely loved it. The book is full of cool things to do for varying budgets. For any geeks out there, men and women....

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