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DIY ammo box speakers


The folks from the I3 Detroit hackerspace show how to repurpose an old ammo box into speakers, using only $50 in parts. It seems like a good way to put military technology to a better use.

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DIY convertible table


Space is at a huge premium in my tiny apartment, which is why I absolutely adore Noëlle's hacked dual-purpose table. Using an adjustable trestle for legs, it can easily convert from a coffee table to a dining table. She even used a pair of curtain rods attached under the surface of the tabletop as a guide track for the trestle. I'm hoping that Noëlle can help me figure out how to make my couch convert into a workbench, though something tells me upholstery and soldering irons won't mix well. [via Lifehacker]

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Alt.CES: A maker's peek at North Hall and the International Pavilion

This year, MAKE/O'Reilly author Damien Stolarz (iPhone Hacks, Car PC Hacks) agreed to be our eyes and ears on the ground at CES, scoping out hardware at the show that he thought would be of interest to makers. Here's his second installment, a tour of North Hall and the International Pavilion. (Here's Part 1) Thanks, Damien! —Gareth

In the second day of CES, I managed to cover the other halls: Central, which houses all the big names, North Hall, which covers various large categories such as in-vehicle electronics, health, green energy, and the International Pavilion, which was home to technology looking for US distribution. First, let's browse the International Pavilion...

You can find any meter you need from the Flash Star Industrial Co, Ltd.

Of personal interest to me were the array of drop-in, high-brightness dimmable LED lightbulbs, which can replace a 60W bulb effectively, last for about five years, and can be had for under $30 each. (If you keep them cool, they can last forever.) These might be the same bulbs on Amazon, but I couldn't tell for sure.

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