Technology goes obsolete but that doesn’t always mean it can’t be used. From recycling to donation the average person can always find ways to get rid of electronics, but what about those of us who are more inventive than that? What about repurposing some of those old electronics we’ve loved into something new? It doesn’t take much work, it turns out, and DIY electronics projects are everywhere! Just look at these four examples of turning old electronics into something new.
1. From The Ashes: Fix old Systems and Consoles
Newer video game consoles tend to limit the types of modifications you can make to their hardware and software. The previous generations of video game consoles however were much simpler to modify and rebuild. Take, for example, this gallery here where 23 sega genesis systems, which had been broken, have now been fixed and sent back out into the world.
The gallery is a ‘how-to’ of basic electronics and keeping these old, still working systems, in order. Whether they’re donated later or sold, these systems avoided going to the dump, and that’s the most important part.
2. Build Something New from Something Old: N64 Gameboy
Graphics quality has enhanced to such an intense level over the years. The capacity for triangle mesh in computer graphics has grown, and the processing power needed, though technically greater, can be held in processors that are still physically quite small. In turn, gaming systems and computers that used to require large consoles to run can, with the right initiative, be turned into handheld systems.
This handheld Nintendo 64 shows a neat little how-to showing how you can turn that bulky system into a smaller handheld with none of the processing power lost. Or you can turn an old NES controller into a computer mouse with a few quick customizations and DIY engineering.
3. Turn a Lens into a Light
A blogger over at Kootoyoo has turned an old camera into a lamp. With a quick little how-to, they’ve been able to repurpose a light-capture device into a spotlight. Cameras become obsolete fairly quickly, often each year camera designers are improving image quality, leaving previous generations in the dust and aspiring and professional photographers with equipment that isn’t as good as what’s now on the market.
4. TV Pet Bed
Console TV’s are heavy. In the digital age, they’re becoming more and more obsolete so fast and often there’s little to do but get rid of them. Being so bulky, it sometimes can take two people to get rid of them—the average 27 inch console TV can weigh anywhere from 50-75 pounds while the newer flat screens 27 inch TVs can be up to half of that.
At Invisiblespray they’ve cleaned out one of these console TVs and made a pet bed out of it. The electronic parts inside can be recycled easily—often cities and recycling plants are able to take them, but an e-waste and electronics removal service can also be useful to get rid of those parts that the dog or cat won’t enjoy quite as much. The cabinet itself can be used as a great storage space even if you don’t have pets, or a unique display for family achievements or even rebuilt into another form of computer display for the tech savvy.