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Charles writes in and shows you how to make a wind powered LED out of a VCR.

I was inspired by all of the nonsense about the format wars lately, and after breathing a sigh of relief that the HD-DVD Blue-Ray fiasco has ended I was reminded of the VHS and Betamax war of yesteryear. It occurred to me that I still have an old VCR in my basement and was wondering what to do with it?

It turns out that you can make some pretty cool gadgets from the innards of a VCR. I posted a tutorial about how to make a wind powered LED out of a VCR a few days ago that I think some of your readers may be interested in.

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VCR Cat Feeder – Liberate a motor from an old VHS deck, attach it to a food chopper, and program the deck’s recording timer to fill Fluffy’s bowl on schedule. Voila! Your own programmable pet food dispenser. Read it now!

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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