Take This Stuff and Hack It!: Transform Everyday Electronics Into Modern Techno-Wonders

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9780071477376: Take This Stuff and Hack It!: Transform Everyday Electronics Into Modern Techno-Wonders

Hack into common household products and convert them into really cool stuff! This true hacker's guide shows how 30 common household items can be hacked and tweaked into products totally different than what the manufacturer intended. Garage and basement tinkerers will get fully illustrated step-by-step coverage of exactly which products are "hackable," how to hack them, and how to convert them into some unique, fun stuff. You will learn how to hack a telephone solicitor zapper that hangs up on phone spammers, create a robot that's a digital plaything for Fido, and hack their home into an abode that would make a security expert envious.

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TAKE THIS BOOK AND HACK IT!

Transform common household items into really cool stuff You don't need to be an electronics genius to get started turning everyday items into high-performing wonders. With how-to guru Dave Prochnow's step-by-step directions and fully illustrated plans, even beginners can hack their way to a high-tech home, cooler toys, and less yard work.

MORE THAN 30 FASCINATING, FUN-TO-BUILD PROJECTS

Transform a vacuum cleaner into a home security system-or a toy. Hack an electric line trimmer that will mow your lawn for you. Computerize colored lights for seasonal decorations that make your neighbors' jaws drop. These are but a few of the more than 30 inventive and imaginative projects inside.

BUILD SKILLS AND CREATIVITY

Certain to fire your imagination-and start you plotting new, original, and even more creative wonders you can make from ordinary household items-Take This Stuff and Hack It! is the perfect gift for your inner inventor.

HACK THIS

  • Apple iPod
  • Bicycle
  • Digital and film cameras
  • Discarded cell phones, PDAs, etc.
  • Electric power from the sun
  • Furniture
  • Lawn mower
  • Robosapien
  • Roomba
  • Sony PSP
  • VW Beetle
  • And much more!

About the Author:

Dave Prochnow is an award-winning professional writer, editor, and contributor to numerous technical publications and is the Contributing Editor for Nuts and Volts and SERVO Magazine. He is the author of 27 nonfiction books, including the bestselling books The Official Robosapien Hacker's Guide and PSP Hacks, Mods, and Expansions, both published by McGraw-Hill. In 2001, Dave won the Maggie Award for writing the best how-to article in a consumer magazine. To learn more about Dave's books and other projects, visit his web site: www.pco2go.com.

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