Hi Everyone, This is Terry King and as some of you may be aware I have a 40 year history of scrounging parts and old devices and giving them to kids, and figuring out how to make kits and help people learn how do Do Stuff with Old IBM PCs, Arduino, ESP32 and etc.
I am asking you to think about what currently available sort-of-old stuff in THIS era you have noticed might be repurposed, hacked, or demolished to make Other Interesting Stuff, and hopefully present some insight into What The Heck this stuff all IS...
In the 80's (remember that Century??) I started a thing at IBM called "Computer Demolition", as soon as IBM PC's and XT's were being replaced by ATs and them new things called PS2. Fortunately I had the job as Personal Computer Coordinator at an IBM site with 8000 employees. And the head of Community Relations thought it was not totally crazy to take stuff headed to Scrap/disposal and bring it out to kids and take it apart. Computer Demolition. I got middle/high school kids to take an XT totally apart, think about the subassemblies, bring up the motherboard and parts on the table with no case and boot IBM ROM BASIC and then plug in the floppy disk controller and bring up some game like Rocky's Boots.
Then I showed how to hack 5-1/4 disk drive motors and make a "robot" and how to hack an IBM 5152 Graphics Printer into a computer controlled Crane with an electromagnet. Wow, I found the How-To:
P.R.CRANE is a Computer Demolition Project that creates a PC-Controlled Robot Crane. You can
control the crane manually with the arrow keys, have it learn a series of steps, and create and edit a robot
control program. P.R.CRANE is made from an old IBM 5152 Graphics Printer, plus about $25 of parts
available at the hardware store and Radio Shack. Computer Demolition is based on the idea that you have
to take technology apart to understand it. The Computer Demolition Projects not only tell you how to
take apart old computers, disk drives and printers, but tells how to reuse the many parts inside for
OK, That's Ancient History, sort of like me at 81 years old, but I believe the Hacker Gene lives on!
What have YOU seen? Hacked? Repurposed? What Good Junk is out there in 1921 (OOPs.. 2021)? What could be really cool and interesting, electro-mechanically or otherwise, if an Arduino or ESP-32 invaded it's wires/neurons? Maybe it's RESET forever but it's I/O lives on....
Let's Make Some Stuff Work!
Regards, Terry King
...In The Woods In Vermont
The one who dies with the most Parts LOSES! WHAT DO YOU NEED??