While recycling outdated or unused computers is an important way to keep hazardous materials out of our landfills, author Randy Sarafan has other ideas about what to do with them.
His book 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer is filled with fun "out there" ways to turn dead components into useful or at least interesting looking items.
Who would have thought of making a 3-string guitar from a computer? Or a Scanner compost bin? These are just a sample of what anyone can do following the instructions and photographs Sarafan provides.
A freelance media artist and graduate of Parsons School of Design, Sarafan has put together a fascinating book filled with creative projects rated from Novice to Geek Squad level in degree of difficulty. Each project is accompanied with instructions, diagrams, terrific pictures and the supplies you’ll need to create it.
Sarafan stresses safety first right from the beginning of the book. That’s especially important given some components contain serious chemicals and an electrical source. Still, "62 Projects.." demystifies electronics in language even the most serious novice can grasp, offering good explanations of how electronic components work.
This book offers something for everyone – a Cell phone Assassin Necklace for fashionistas, a PDA Doodler reminiscent of an Etch-a-Sketch, or a former circuit board turned into a Resistor Pillow.
62 Projects… is filled with fun, humor and creativity and, since a large majority of us have old computers or laptops sitting around gathering dust, we may as well do something with them. Even if you don’t consider yourself a do-it-yourselfer, this book has something even the least skilled can tackle and have fun doing.
As the book cover says: "Don’t Trash it – Transform it! It’s irresistible Geek chic!"
The book "opens the door to electronics as an art form; you can take old parts and create something that doesn’t use electricity at all," says one reviewer. It’s "a good book for the artist, for the electronic beginner or the person concerned about trashing things rather than finding a new purpose."