My interrest for these kind of projects started when I was about 17 years old. I have been fascinated with portable speakers since attending Roskilde Festival for the first time. I really wanted to build one myself, but I had zero knowledge and really didn’t care for the physics/engineering aspect. By googling for days I finally got the courage. I bought some old speakers and started tearing them apart. This has become my way of doing these kind of projects. Getting your hands dirty and learning on the go.
In my gap years I worked as a phone technician. This gave me a lot of courage for experimenting and an understanding of the lifespand of technologies. Since then I have loved taking on smaller and bigger projects.
AN OLD RADIO
This old radio is a Philips Fanfare fdk 654a. Built in Denmark and originally a part of a shelving system. My friends and I stumbled upon this in a goodwill shop. It's front was so beautiful. The buttons were extremely tactile, making it a joy moving the lever inside.
Our goal is to build a stand. Making it possible to connect it with bluetooth. Reusing the existing buttons and keeping the tactility.
We bought it and brought it back the university lab. Slowly beginning to disassemble it. removing all the old components. So far it has been a huge challenge. Understanding the old technology, knowing what effects what, has been a huge challenge. But as it stand now, we have almost cleared it out.
We are still working on this project.
IMAC G5 AS A MONITOR
What to do with an old Imac G5? I have been in possession of this machine for many years. I've been using it, first as a workmachine, later as an Itunes library. But in a time where music has become a medium that is mostly streamed, there was no need for the machine. Being packed away in my storage locker for 4 years, I turned it on to revisit my old music collection. Very nostalgic. I missed sitting at a desktop computer, and such an aesthetically pleasing one. I tried to come up with a purpose for it.
I chose to make it into an external monitor. Apple has not made this possible with how it was built, and no one on the internet have made any instructions for this exact model. Therefore, I ordered a breadboard that makes it possible for the LCD to receive input. This means stripping the whole computer apart until i find the wires i am looking for.
External parts was then connected to the existing wirering of the monitor. This was a difficult task, but by tracing the existing wires, eventually it was all connected. At the final assembly, it was necessary to remove many existing parts, and trying to insulate the back panel which was of metal. I succseded and are very proud to have finished this project, without youtube videos or guides, as there were non. Now i have a good looking monitor in the home office.