Can you suggest some creative uses for random electronics?

Jantodec November 2, 2011
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I recently decided to clean my room (yay!) and I find myself with a bunch of random pieces of hardware that I feel could be put to very good use, had I the creative mind for it.

A list:
-Xbox 360
-USB Joystick
-Pair of 3.5mm Computer Speakers
-Airport Express
-iPod Nano with broken screen
-Bamboo writing tablet
-old VGA tube monitor (still makes that bzzzt sound!)
-composite A/V switchbox
-various cables

On a side note, I have a MacBook running Lion.

Can you think of anything useful I can make out of this? It does not need to be one final product; several is jus’ fine with me.

THANKS MAKEUSEOF!

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  1. James Bruce
    November 3, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Monitor might be fun:

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Turn-Your-Old-CRT-Computer-Moniter-Into-A-Fish-Tan/

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-an-oscilloscope-out-of-an-old-Crt-computer-mo/

    http://blogs.catster.com/the-cats-meow-a-cat-and-kitten-blog/need-a-weekend-project-build-a-computer-monitor-cat-bed/2010/05/28/

    Be really fricking careful messing around with CRT monitors though, the voltage inside can and will kill you. I deliberately didnt post the link to an electrified fence project!

    Airport Express + Speakers can be made to stream from music from your itunes to anywhere, I believe. That's pretty cool regardless, not really a hack though. 

    • S4lamand3r
      November 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      really neat links, and thank you for not posting the electrified fence link--I would have tried it, and probably have died...

  2. Mjevolve
    November 3, 2011 at 3:11 am

    check here - http://hackaday.com/ 

    plenty of projects and hack guides to try out with plenty of hardware and software options .
    look for , and you might find something creative and fun to do with your stuff ..  ;)