Hack your Hardware

From Noisebridge
(Difference between revisions)
Jump to: navigation, search
Line 1: Line 1:
Workshop proposal: Hack your Hardware [[User:Jtfoote|Jtfoote]] 14:11, 7 November 2008 (PST)
+
Workshop proposal: '''Hack your Hardware''' [[User:Jtfoote|Jtfoote]] 14:11, 7 November 2008 (PST)
  
 
"No user-serviceable parts inside" -- we call bullshit on that!
 
"No user-serviceable parts inside" -- we call bullshit on that!
Line 19: Line 19:
 
* Hotrod your favorite power screwdriver with Li+ batteries
 
* Hotrod your favorite power screwdriver with Li+ batteries
  
You will have more and better ideas. Bring them and share!
+
You will have more and better ideas. Bring them and share! I personally will be adding a pilot light to my desoldering gun so I can tell when I have the f*cker plugged in.
  
 
Yes this could be dangerous, and we may break things. That's how we learn.
 
Yes this could be dangerous, and we may break things. That's how we learn.

Revision as of 15:39, 7 November 2008

Workshop proposal: Hack your Hardware Jtfoote 14:11, 7 November 2008 (PST)

"No user-serviceable parts inside" -- we call bullshit on that!

Favorite gadget busted? Don't throw it away; fix it! (Or at least autopsy it for the good of science!) Bring in your hardware yearning to reach its maximum potential (or give its life for spare parts). 90% of electronics failures are caused by bad connections or simple mechanical problems: we'll show you what to look for and how to fix them. We give you permission to take things apart, see what's inside, and improve them.

Possible projects:

  • Add an extra iPod input jack to your clock radio or computer speakers
  • Add a USB hub to a desk lamp (or a bobblehead doll, or a stuffed toy, or...)
  • Hotrod your IR remote control to go around corners
  • Extract the stepper motors out of a printer found on the sidewalk
  • Fix that funky power jack on your old laptop so you can give it to Mom
  • Add another headphone jack (or FM transmitter?) to your laptop
  • Add a LED backlight or tasklight to a keyboard or a handheld game platform
  • Add a dimmer to your favorite floor lamp
  • A one-wire hack turns a discarded ATX PSU into a benchtop experimenter's power supply
  • Replace the tired nicads in your favorite power screwdriver (or electric toothbrush, or other rechargeable toy)
  • Hotrod your favorite power screwdriver with Li+ batteries

You will have more and better ideas. Bring them and share! I personally will be adding a pilot light to my desoldering gun so I can tell when I have the f*cker plugged in.

Yes this could be dangerous, and we may break things. That's how we learn.


Proposed schedule:

Week 1: Take things apart, determine problems, solutions, necessary parts to obtain.
Week 2: Having obtained parts, put things back together and smoke-test (if it doesn't smoke, it passes!)

Your comments and suggestions are a crucial part of this: thanks in advance

Personal tools