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Tech Upgrades Guide: Build Your Own Laser Cutter + 59 Other Bad-Ass Upgrades

Popular Science

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ISBN : 9781616285319
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96 pages
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Tech Upgrades is for anyone who’s ever wished they could build their own touchscreen, brew up and use conductive ink, rig a mouse that you can operate with your feet, or make a rad engraved computer tower that glows in the dark—essentially, it’s forMoreTech Upgrades is for anyone who’s ever wished they could build their own touchscreen, brew up and use conductive ink, rig a mouse that you can operate with your feet, or make a rad engraved computer tower that glows in the dark—essentially, it’s for fun-loving nerds everywhere.Used to be, whenever you had a computer problem or techie glitch, you went and found the nearest geek to help fix it. But now, there’s a new movement afoot—a band of inventive and self-reliant geeks who hack computer and software to solve problems (and, in some cases, just to have fun). From building your own computer out of a cereal box to modifying safety goggles to see infrared rays, from skinning your laptop with steampunk trimmings to divising a foxhole radio, and from setting up a projector for your iPhone to working out with a dumbbell of old CDs, this book makes being a nerd, well. Cool.Activities include:Rig a DIY PolygraphListen in on a Foxhole RadioTack Up a Dipole AntennaCraft a Cell-phone CantennaHang HDTV-Antenna ArtMod an Xbox Controller into an iPhone CaseMake Your Smartphone “Bounceable”Set Up an Electric Home SecretaryRig a Smartphone ProjectorCharge a Phone with Solar RaysMake a Tennis Ball Smartphone TripodTurn Your Old Netbook into a Touchscreen TabletFashion a DIY Stylus for Your Touchscreen DeviceProtect Your Touchscreen with Thin VinylStash a Flash Drive in a CassetteMake a Pink-Eraser Flash DriverFake It with a Sawed-Off Flash DriveHouse a Flash Drive in a LEGOHack a Foot-Operated MouseTrick Out Your Computer Tower with EngravingTurn Your Laptop into a White BoardDye Your LaptopMake a Steampunk-Inspired Laptop CaseTurn on Your Computer with a MagnetShield Your Screen from Prying EyesPrint in Invisible InkKeep Your Laptop Cool with Copper CoilsConnect a Junked Out Typewriter to Your ComputerMake Keyboard ThumbtacksRig a Superportable KeyboardCreate a Glowing MousepadPut an Old Circuit Board to New UseMake a Laptop Stand froma Three-Ring BinderBuild a USB Hub into Your DeskStash Your Printer in a DrawerMount Office Supplies Behind Your MonitorOrganize Loose CablesMake a Floppy-Disk BoxGet Pumped with a CD DumbbellAssemble a Cereal-Box SpectrometerMake an External Hard DriveBuild a Computer out of a Cereal BoxTransform an Everyday Lightbulb into a Plasma GlobeLight Up Sketches with Home-Made Conductive InkHack Infrared GogglesDecimate with a DIY Laser CutterCreate Glass Objects out of SandShine a Mini Flash LightBrighten Up a Standard-Issue FlashlightBeam a Batman-Inspired SpotlightGet Techie with Aluminum FoilImprovise a TripodMount a Camera on Your BikeBuild a Time-Lapse Camera StandRig a Plastic-Bottle DiffuserMake Your Camera WaterproofCreate a Peephole Fisheye LensAdapt a Manual Ring to Your DLSRSnap a Self-Portrait with a DIY Remote Shutter ReleaseSet Up a High-Speed FlashBuild a Ginormous Camera