10. NES Alarm Clock
"The finished product's time, alarm time and other parameters have to be set by manually shorting Player 1 controller input contacts with wire jumpers."
9. Windmill Mobile Phone Charger
8. Functional Hard Drive ClockAlan Parekh converted an old hard drive into a fully functional clock. It uses twelve high power LEDs to display the clock hands and a custom programmed PIC16F628 microcontroller for clock operation. Unfortunately, this creation isn't very practical as older hard drives are quite noisy. [Source]
7. Skype PayphoneAn interesting project that we may even see commercially available in the future. Combining Skype with a payphone, now why didn't I think of this sooner?
"It could be interesting to mod old payphones to make Skype / VOIP calls.. deposit $0.25 and call anywhere in the world for 20 minutes. Or just pound in your user name and password t9 style and use your Skype minutes...maybe you put in $0.25 and it gives you a wifi SSID for 30 minutes to use."[Source]
6. Blue Bawls Automatic LED LightTo make your own "Blue Bawls Automatic LED Light", you'll need a 9V battery, photo-cell, NPN transistor (2N 4401), one super bright white LED, 100K ohms resistor, 470 ohms resistor, 9V battery snap, one empty bottle, and around 2-3 hours of time. Video clip after the jump.
"Ok get your mind out of the gutter. I am talking about the beautiful blue glass bottle that the Bawls soft drink comes in. I tried one the other day and thought the glass bottle could be used for something interesting."[Source]
5. Functional Hard Drive SpeakersAfrotech created this functional speaker system using old hard drives and a custom built amplifier. What you see above is the entire system, complete with woofer, midrange, and tweeter HDDs. Video clip after the jump.
Why pay 500$ for Klipsch’s latest speaker system? You can make something that looks way cooler for the price of a DIY amplifier and some HDDs out of a dumpster. It doesn’t sound quite as good but who cares![via HackedGadgets]
4. SnoilSnoil is a "Snake"-like game rendered on a Ferrofluid display in which players tilt the box to control the movement. [Source]
3. Powerglove MouseZerosign managed to take his old Nintendo Powerglove and turn it into a fully functioning computer mouse after countless hours of wiring and hacking. [Source]
2. Electro-Mechanical PongYes, this version of Pong is 100% electro-mechanical. The playing field consists of a ball and paddles that are attached to servo controlled cables, sandwiched between two sheets of glass. Instead of microcontrollers and integrated circuits, Pongmechanik uses three sensors to determine mechanical movement. Players use the joystick to drive a relay computer (simple logic circuit). Video clip after the jump.
"The score counters go from 1 to 5 and the numbers are displayed on two rotating discs; as soon as a player gets five points, the game resets. The sound effects (all two of them) are created using solenoid plungers."[Source]
1. DIY Hoverboard
"Right now, all the device does is perform like a heavy block of ice (with a few stones in it that keep snagging on the ground every four feet or so). I can stand on it and float and I can affect a sort of motion, in the way you can use your wait to alter a skateboard's trajectory."[Source]
Honorable Mention - CD Lamp
"The pile of CDs that had been massing in my room was growing to epic proportions. So I decided to make myself a CD lamp. The circular base was actually cut using a template on a table saw, then sanded after clamping it in a drill press. The cold cathode lamp is from NewEgg. "[Source]
Honorable Mention - Thermaltake MiniFridge
This was a really fun project to do. I recently brought it fully loaded to a LAN party with a bunch of my fellow geeks. At first I let them guess at what it was. First impressions were that it was a water cooled computer. But when they saw that there was no mob installed through the IO shield they were all stumped. So I plugged it in and popped open the front and with a solid sounding 'Ka-Thunk' a Caffeinated cold one was waiting for all night consumption[Source]
Honorable Mention - NES Controller Shuffle MP3 Player
"A brief description of the controls: Up/Down: Volume up/down - Right/Left: Track forward/backward - Select: contains a 3-way switch for continuous play, shuffle play, and off - Start: contains a switch for hold - A Button: play/pause[Source]