9 DIY Projects for the Crafty Geek
Have you ever looked at the dust settling on your workbench and thought, "this weekend, I'm going to use this bench and make something cool"? I know I have. When the weekend comes, and the chores are done, I stand there looking at that workbench and I've got... nothing. No ideas at all. Well, hopefully this series of videos can help inspire those of use who love electronics, soldering irons, and getting our hands dirty.
Increase Your Cell Phone Reception...With a Can
The team over at Popular Science has really come up with a novel way of increasing those cell phone bars. With this five minute project, you can change old cans into a rad cell phone range enhancer. Nice!
Okay, the end result is not exactly what you'd call "subtle". But the fact is, this is a cool project for those of you who have a pair of sunglasses, a soldering iron and a true love for spy movies. What you do with this is absolutely none of our business.
Rocket-Powered Toy Cars
Initially, I thought my sons would really enjoy this project idea. To be honest, I wouldn't let them go anywhere near this instructional video. For myself, however, I would love to try this out. Admittedly, this idea isn't something that would change the world. That said, why should it be? I suppose this is a sort of "duh" moment putting rocket boosters on a toy car. Looks like a lot of fun.
MP3 Music Box
This is a project that I am definitely going to build. This is a music box made out of a cigar box. Instead of the revolving cylinder and and little metal comb, you will use an mp3 player. All I need now is some time and a steady hand. Oh, and a cigar box.
NEXT: Music, and glowsticks and slingshots. Oh my.
Make a Color Organ
For all of you d.j. wannabe's, check this out. This video will show you how to create a lightshow using super-bright LED lights and your laptop. Admittedly, the host is a little on the trippy side, but his mechanics are sound and using a little ingenuity, you could come up with a number of different ideas on how to use this technology. Let me know what ideas you come up with.
This video will show you how to hack a Bluetooth adapter. Is this a useful idea? Considering the limited range of Bluetooth (usually around 1 to 10 yards), I should think so. In the video, the user ends up being able to connect about a three-quarters of a mile down the road. Remarkable!
The Ultimate LED Glow Stick
Around Halloween, glow sticks are widely used to keep trick-or-treaters visible on dark streets. At concerts, people wave them about instead of using lighters (sensible). On the 4th of July, vendors dispatch hundreds of glowy sticks for people to play with and enjoy before the real light show in the sky begins. What if you could build a glow stick that had 2 (yes, two) colors? Watch the video to learn how to create one.
Laser Guided Slingshot? Oh Yes.
Although this may be a bit of a "why bother?" type of project, I think that night-time BBQs and other parties could be livened up with this little beauty. I say night-time as it would be much easier to see the laser on a target. You could also use the aforementioned LED glow sticks to light up the playing field. The days of shooting cans with air rifles is over, my friends.
Laser Communicator? Simple!
This project is obviously not going to change your life. But it sure is neat. Perhaps my eternal love of all things laser (thank you, Star Wars) has skewed my interests slightly. Perhaps. But check out this how-to video. It's laseriffic.