In today’s age, electronics become obsolete at a blistering pace, and can break even when relatively new. Interestingly, even when something is broken and/or obsolete like a DVD player or headset, unless it was somehow entirely destroyed, there are many components that can still be reused.
Instructables user “taifur” illustrates this in his solar-powered headset project, sourcing parts from various devices: a pair of headphones, a DVD player’s button pad, an Mp4 player’s li-ion battery, an old computer’s IDE ribbon cable, and an AM/FM receiver’s LEDs.
He did, however, have to buy a Bluetooth module and solar panel, but considering all the components that went into his cyberpunk-esque headpiece, it’s still extremely impressive.
Be sure to check out his build log to see what went into hacking these parts for their new use! Meanwhile, don’t forget to submit your upcycled creations in element14’s current design challenge with the Intel Edison.