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the big book of hacks

264 amazing diy tech projects
7½ by 9½ inches; 256 pages
october 2012
ISBN 9781616283995
category: how-to
about this book

There’s a new movement afoot—a whole generation of makers and tech-savvy innovators who excel at making wild and fascinating projects using electronics and found materials. In The Big Book of Hacks, you get a collection of these amazing ideas from the DIY masters at Popular Science magazine—from a theremin you can make for under $15 to a motorized skateboard, from an epic potato gun to a Roomba that waters your plants. It’s never been a better time to be a geek. Four comprehensive chapters help readers create megafun games and toys for the amusement of all; trick out their home with improvised gadgets; upgrade basic electronics and tools like a pro; and build wild and zany vehicles. 

Projects include:

Geek Toys

Build a Pocket Theremin Make Cocktails Glow in the Dark Disguise Your Beer Can Shoot Fireballs with a Rocket-Shaped Launcher Program a Drink-Slinging Droid Start Up a DIY Pinball Machine Make a Mini Toothbrush Robot Rip Records Straight to Your iPod

Home Improvements

Turn Your Roomba into a Robot Make a Customizable Doormat Put Together a Low-Budget Luxury Shower Set Up a DIY Smoker Hang a Liquid Lamp Make the Lazy Man’s Lawn Mower Power Your Home with Solar Energy

Tech Upgrades

Rig a Smartphone Projector • Retrofit a Vintage Radio • Assemble an eBook Reader Case • Organize Pesky Loose Cables • Boost WiFi with a Steamer • RFID-Proof Your Wallet • Stash That Ugly Printer in a Drawer

Things That Go

Trick Out a Motorized Skateboard • Run Your Car on Trash • Soar in a Personal Blimp • Convert an Old Bike into an All-Star Cruiser • Climb Up a DIY Rock • Wall Supercharge a Paper Plane • Navigate with an Old-Fashioned GPS


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About Popular Science

Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the world’s largest science and technology magazine, with 6.7 million readers. Each month, Popular Science reports on the intersection of science and everyday life, delivering a new look at the future now. It’s the ultimate guide to what’s new and what’s next. Popular Science is one of the oldest continuously published magazines in the United States, and is published in five languages and nine countries. Its web site, popsci.com, has been readers’ first stop for up-to-the-minute science news since the site first went live in 1999.

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