Redesigned Gadget
From the MAKE: Flickr pool

Pauric shares techniques for redesigning/improving consumer devices in need of a makeover. His example project, a ‘sunrise alarm clock’ –

One of the first things I do with device I buy is take it apart to see how it works, see if there’s anything interesting going on inside. There’s a lot to learn from doing this and as the Maker Mantra goes – if you cant open it you dont really own it.

Inside this alarm are all the standard parts you get in any $10-$20 alarm clock so I was a little peeved to realize I paid 4 times that for an alarm clock WITH a light bulb that wouldnt look out of place on a Christmas tree. Now I’m super motivated to remake it.

He also includes a nice video rundown of the power tools used in the process – Turn a generic plastic gadget in to something a little more beautiful