Category Archives: gadgets

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 […]

Call the gift therapist

Call that a bottle top? This is a bottle top! Jorre van Aste’s jar tops reminded us of this, the Twist and Spout, been around for a while but we noticed it again on the Core77 gift list. We also saw this on their list, an elegant hybrid adaptively reusing the design of both the […]

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.

Pedal power

We were delighted to get an email from Ben Denham (thanks for the kind remarks) where he sent us some links to sites about bicycle powered machines. Mayapedal produce bikes, trailers etc, but also a range of bicycles adaptively reused to power machines that perform a range of agricultural tasks like dehusking, pumping water, even […]

Access all areas

The world is full of products that, for their pointless waste of the world’s resources, should have earned their manufacturers a community service sentence in an impoverished third world country to assist them in regaining a grip on reality. The battery powered pooper scooper for cleaning the cat tray is a typical example (and for […]

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 […]