Have some extra soda cans laying around the lab, that are taking up too much space? Instead of just smashing them with your boot, why not build an electromagnetic crushing machine to implode them, using a high voltage source and some large capacitors? That’s exactly what Bob Davis has been doing with his can crushers.

Actually, I can think of a lot of reasons why one wouldn’t want to do this, especially the big safety one. It looks cool though, and slightly less complicated than the coin shrinker. [via hacked gadgets]