The Ultimate DIY Tech Upgrades Guide

The Ultimate DIY Tech Upgrades Guide

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Tech Upgrades is for anyone whoa€™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 darka€”essentially, ita€™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, therea€™s a new movement afoota€”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 Polygraph Listen in on a Foxhole Radio Tack Up a Dipole Antenna Craft a Cell-phone Cantenna Hang HDTV-Antenna Art Mod an Xbox Controller into an iPhone Case Make Your Smartphone a€œBounceablea€ Set Up an Electric Home Secretary Rig a Smartphone Projector Charge a Phone with Solar Rays Make a Tennis Ball Smartphone Tripod Turn Your Old Netbook into a Touchscreen Tablet Fashion a DIY Stylus for Your Touchscreen Device Protect Your Touchscreen with Thin Vinyl Stash a Flash Drive in a Cassette Make a Pink-Eraser Flash Driver Fake It with a Sawed-Off Flash Drive House a Flash Drive in a LEGO Hack a Foot-Operated Mouse Trick Out Your Computer Tower with Engraving Turn Your Laptop into a White Board Dye Your Laptop Make a Steampunk-Inspired Laptop Case Turn on Your Computer with a Magnet Shield Your Screen from Prying Eyes Print in Invisible Ink Keep Your Laptop Cool with Copper Coils Connect a Junked Out Typewriter to Your Computer Make Keyboard Thumbtacks Rig a Superportable Keyboard Create a Glowing Mousepad Put an Old Circuit Board to New Use Make a Laptop Stand froma Three-Ring Binder Build a USB Hub into Your Desk Stash Your Printer in a Drawer Mount Office Supplies Behind Your Monitor Organize Loose Cables Make a Floppy-Disk Box Get Pumped with a CD Dumbbell Assemble a Cereal-Box Spectrometer Make an External Hard Drive Build a Computer out of a Cereal Box Transform an Everyday Lightbulb into a Plasma Globe Light Up Sketches with Home-Made Conductive Ink Hack Infrared Goggles Decimate with a DIY Laser Cutter Create Glass Objects out of Sand Shine a Mini Flash Light Brighten Up a Standard-Issue Flashlight Beam a Batman-Inspired Spotlight Get Techie with Aluminum Foil Improvise a Tripod Mount a Camera on Your Bike Build a Time-Lapse Camera Stand Rig a Plastic-Bottle Diffuser Make Your Camera Waterproof Create a Peephole Fisheye Lens Adapt a Manual Ring to Your DLSR Snap a Self-Portrait with a DIY Remote Shutter Release Set Up a High-Speed Flash Build a Ginormous Camera

Title:The Ultimate DIY Tech Upgrades Guide
Author: Popular Science
Publisher:Weldon Owen - 2013-05-21

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