There must be some device you’re waiting for the world to deliver. Some chore you think could be made easier that you feel current technology seems to be ignoring. “Sure, the iPhone can do lots of cool stuff, but it still can’t tie my shoes”, I hear you say. Or maybe it’s just me saying that?
Modifying your iPhone to tie your shoelaces may not be a possible task. But tone down the ambition a bit and the realm of possibility is wide open. Why not make your own gadgets? It may not be as complex or expensive as you might think. Just be sure the cool tech you want doesn’t already exist!
Loads of people have gotten tired of waiting for Silicon Valley to deliver what they want. They’ve taken gadget creation into their own hands and come up with some amazing things. Here in the UK, getting the right parts was a long and expensive process for a while. But now they are easily accessible online, so with sites like Makersify, there’s little excuse for the British now!
Here are some of the cool things renegade inventors have created recently.
Your dog needs to go outside at five in the morning, for whatever reason. It’s barking loudly, waking you up. You go downstairs and let the dog out. Maybe it runs around for about a minute then changes its mind and walks back in.
That’s precious sleep you just lost! Don’t you wish the door opened itself? David Hunt did. So he came up with this strange gadget using the Raspberry Pi. It doesn’t look like the door closes automatically afterwards, though. If you care about basic security, it probably won’t be a permanent fixture!
Most people I know have an old laptop lying around somewhere in their house. More often than not the laptop is completely dead. So throw it out, right? No! Wrong!
You can the LCD screen from the old laptop and turn it into a new monitor. Already got a monitor? That’s no excuse. Two monitors are always better than one! You’ll need some anti-static equipment to make sure you don’t fry the old parts. Once you’re done, you can use it as a second PC screen. Or with your PlayStation 4. Or with your Blu-Ray player.
DIY enthusiasts love steampunk. The mix of technological innovation with 19th-century aesthetics is undeniably cool. It’s so cool, in fact, that someone decided that drying their shoes needed more of a steampunk edge.
This gadget gently blows warm air throughout a wet pair of trainers, which hang on either side. Allowing trainers to dry naturally can have some weird effects on their odour. Applying too much heat can alter their shape. The tumble dryer is the usual resolution, but tumble dryers are loud and use a lot of energy. This DIY shoe dryer may be just what your home needs.
I can sense that weird look you have on your face right now. Don’t give me that look. This is cool, okay? This is the coolest item on this list.