Category Archives: electronics

Don’t waste your energy

Part One There is nothing new about pedal power electricity in Australia, in fact throughout most of the twentieth century the adaptively reused bike pedal was essential to two of the mainstays of outback life, the Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air. Both relied on radio powered by a pedal generator invented […]

Sketchy transport

The bicycle and other human powered vehicles are the most energy efficient forms of transport that our species has managed to engineer, but just how well this latest bicycle adaption runs is a question for those who live in a climate cold enough to warrant it… the snow bike via the make blog. Also from […]

Reindeer droppings

Decorate your tree with adaptively reused circuit boards, then buy presents like this American Gulag bracelet from richterstudios inc, or wineglasses from the Eden Project store or a paper pot maker or a personal solar panel or a Rockbox open source mp3 player (photo by Andrew Mason). or a MAKE warranty voider (go on, you […]

It’s a lonely life on the road…

and you gotta smoke a lotta dope and that’s the only possible excuse for this, Teenar The Girl Guitar, an adaptively reused vintage mannequin. It’s from here via BoingBoing.

Let me show you my etchings

That ubiquitous fixture of garage sales, the Etch-A-Sketch, has finally been turned into something useful (did anyone ever manage to create a recognisable image on one of those things.. er yes, sort of.) Here it is, the Electr-O-Sketch, the computerised, adaptively reused Etch-A-Sketch. Two Cornell University engineering students, Jason Levin and Chris Hopkins, replaced the […]

Smoke and noise

The world’s smallest, cheapest and best selling guitar amp is the Smokin Amp, housed in an adaptively reused cigarette packet. They’re having a bit of trouble sourcing cigarette packets these anti-smoking days so they suggest you send in your own used packet with your order. Have a listen here. We were looking for the earliest […]

Raptop computer….

that’s what it says, honest, go see for yourself. Although the site does seem to have lost something in the translation, or at least adaptively reused the english language. However, we did like the way the bell was described as “The latest foppery equipment” and that morse key mouse has a strange appeal. We found […]

Clock watching

I haven’t worn a watch since my early teens, a long time ago. If I want to know the time I just ask someone else, I’m a social kind of guy. But I have to say that the Nixie watch is almost enough to change the habit of a lifetime. It’s even got a rocker […]