14 best DIY gadget projects of 2011
Let these innovative do-it-yourself projects inspire you to get crafty with gadgets in the new year.
Sat, Dec 10 2011 at 10:01 AM
Photo: Charles & Hudson/flickr
Becoming a "maker" is a very green thing to do, and we love seeing fun, interesting and do-able projects to test out our builder instincts. This year, we've come across some fantastic projects by creative makers, from building your own solar-powered emergency radio to whipping up a solar oven with sun-tracking capabilities. Check out the top 14 projects from this year, and start making your to-do list.
This project is a great one to start out with, as it covers a few basics for dealing with electronic parts. Plus, it's handy to have on hand when you're out traveling and will be off the grid.
If you want to keep your electricity bills down, this cool hack could be perfect for you. There seems to be no limit to the interesting uses for Kinect devices.
For those of you who want to get a little more complicated with your solar projects, this might be just the project for you.
Not only is this project inexpensive, but it's also practical — and anything that fits in an Altoids tin is cool.
The campers among us will appreciate this low-tech gadget that's perfect for keeping warm or cooking outdoors.
Here's a gadget project that will keep you on the move well after you've finished it.
This is a handy project that will keep your gadgets powered up any time.
This is an excellent project for anyone interested in off-grid cooking.
This is the previous project taken up a notch. It enables you to cook all day long without even thinking about it.
This is an ideal gadget to get kids interested in electronics and solar power.
We loved this as a last-minute Halloween costume. Sure it isn't exactly a gadget, but it'll make you look like a true gadgeteer.
Here's a great low-tech idea if you're considering a little eco-remodeling.
This is a fun, simple project for foodies.
And finally, anyone living along a fault line might like to check out this nifty little gadget.
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