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62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer: And Other Discarded Electronicsby Randy Sarafan
Synopses & Reviews
Computer hacking takes on a whole new meaning when you're going at it with a screwdriver and hammer: announcing the most wildly inventive, eco-friendly craft book on repurposing everyday objects since Generation T. Except in this case the raw material isn't a T-shirt, but the stuff we all have lying around and have no idea what to do with, or even how to get rid of properly--your old cell phone, a broken printer, irredeemable iPod, busted digital camera, mysterious thatches of cables and wires, orphaned keyboards, and of course, those dead PCs and laptops.
Created by a Parsons design graduate who's obsessed with navigating the intersection of art and technology, here are 62 ingenious projects that are irresistibly geek-chic. An iMac Terrarium--how cool is that? A laptop Digital Photo Frame. The impressively green Scanner Compost Bin. Plus a power strip Bird Feeder, Walkman Soap Dish, My First Squiggle Bot, Qwerty Hair Tie, Flat-screen Ant Farm. Each project has complete, step-by-step instructions, is rated by difficulty--in a thorough first chapter the author covers all the tools and skills needed to take apart electronics safely--and is arranged by use, from stuff for the house, to fashion, toys, arts and crafts, items for pets, and more.
Book News Annotation:
Techno-crafters twelve and up will enjoy this guide to repurposing old computer parts, outdated cell phones, and various other electronic gadgetry destined for the landfill, into snazzy accessories like ribbon cable hair clips or a scanner side table perfect for holding a post-industrial nightlight and mouse pencil sharpener. Step-by-step instructions for 62 such projects are detailed with clear illustrations and photographs of the finished creations. A section on tools, techniques, and safety describes the inner workings of computers and presents basic information on electronics. Younger readers will benefit from adult supervision, as some of the projects require power tools. Sarafan is a San Francisco-based new-media artist. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From an iMac terrarium to a flat-screen ant farm, this work presents 62 ingenious projects to turn old and out-dated technology into works of art. Each project has complete, step-by-step instructions.
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.
About 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.
Table of Contents
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.
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