Best of Office Weekly Round-Up: Makeshift Mischief
People come up with the craziest things if you give them enough free time, a little money, and a lot of junk laying around. This week, we’re taking a look at some of the more impressive inventions and maybe give birth to a future inventor this week. Get inspired to grab some wood and a hammer as we cause some makeshift mischief in this week’s roundup.
Ruslan Moukanov, like most people in their 20s, dreamed of owning something extravagant; in this case, he wanted to own a Rolls Royce. He became fond of the half a million-dollar luxury vehicle after seeing it in pictures when he was younger. Now, amassing a fortune isn’t always the easiest thing to do, so Ruslan did the next best thing: he designed the body of one out of spare parts using his old Mercedes. You wouldn’t be able to tell its fake unless you too had a fake one just like it.
This farmer from Beijing has put himself in considerable debt, almost destroyed his marriage, and has been sprayed with battery acid all due to his hobby of building robots. To date, he has built no fewer than 47 robots that perform simple tasks such as painting, drinking, massaging, and pulling carts. Wu Yulu, the inventor, has made a name for himself and has been contracted by several Universities.
A company has been making tablets by taking MacBook Pros and taking out all of its core components to engineer an aluminum enclosure around it. The result is a tablet that looks as well as it works. And in keeping with Apple tradition, its $1,799 introductory price puts it in a premium price point.
A man who goes by the online handle “Peter Hand” designed his own computer out of hand-soldered circuit boards and using a TV that looks like it hasn’t seen much use since 1985. He will probably end up using his phone to find out how to operate it (oh, the irony!)
Deviant Art user “BrainDoesn’tLikeMe” made this lamp using parts from an old speaker and a jar to protect the light bulb. In a post-apocalyptic world, inventions like these will be worth their weight in gold (actually, we’re not sure how valuable gold will be in a post-apocalyptic world).
This treadmill has been modified to ride on the street (we think). We’re guessing it’d be pretty hard to balance yourself while jogging at the same time, but the person who can master this will be labeled “Multitasker Extraordinaire”
David Mellis wanted to see if it was possible to build your own working cellphone to make phone calls. The answer? yes, but be prepared for hardships the likes you have never seen: the electronic components needed for cellular transmission aren’t easy to get your hands on, but it looks pretty cool nonetheless.
Another innovation coming from MIT is a smart mirror that displays various information such as your heart rate. Hey, just because you’re vain don’t mean you can’t be smart, too.
All of these inventions are pretty cool, but always remember that the two most important ingredients that went into all of these makeshift items are imagination and perseverance.