Improvised helmets in the streets of Cairo

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Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/EPA

Kyle Wiens, of iFixit, sent us the link to this photo essay from the UK Guardian showing Egyptian protesters improvising helmets in the heat of battle. Protesters are also rerouting power from street lights to recharge their cell phone. One twitter user jokingly dubbed this “Maker Faire Cairo.” Not to make light of what is a horrible and scary situation, but it is always amazing what sorts of “street tech” we humans are capable of improvising (for good or ill) under the most dire circumstances. [Thanks, Kyle]

Egyptian protesters’ makeshift helmets – in pictures

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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