Modify a cheap digital video camera (like a Kodak Zx1) so it can take close-up shots for your video podcasting.
I wanted to contribute video in Make: Projects, but it turned out that none of the cameras I had in the house were of sufficient quality to do the job.
The camera I had hoped to use was a Kodak Zx1, which I picked up for $45. It shoots 720p HD, which is perfect for web demo videos.
The problem was that the minimum focal range of the camera was 100cm — a full meter! Certainly not close enough to show the simple circuits I was trying to display.
So – I was shopping for a better camera when my wife said "Why don’t you do this?" And here are the results.