I wanted to make some very simple instructables so anybody can do it anywhere. It won't be the most impressive instructable but may be the most basic in electronics.
This first hack can be done on the street without soldering iron or else.
Ok, I've done mine on the kitchen table and a bulky soldering iron is visible but you can definitely make it in your jungle, could be green or grey jungle.
My motivation is a mix: my kids can try (9 and 4 years old) + I'm not equipped with good electronics anymore + I live in apartment + I prefer to invent something new than going to stores + it saves the planet and my purse too.
I needed IR pens for Wiimote whiteboard and wanted to used a dirty cheap "Wii sensor bar" ($3, in fact there are no sensors but IR leds, sensors are in the Wii remotes), it's the less expensive way I found to get 6 IR leds already soldered on a board.
I also wanted to use AA batteries that you can replace in your device.
The minimum you need for any this kind of cheap electronic device is:
- aluminum foil
- duct tape or any tape
- an electronic device to hack, here a Wii bar
- screwdrivers to open your device
- wire cutters to cut your electronic board
The trick here is simply to use aluminum foil and tape to make: battery case + switch + holder for the electronic part.
Usually duct tape width is the size of an AA battery. If it's not the case, simply cut your tape.
Keep it a little bit loose so you can change battery later.
This tape roll will be the holder of everything try to keep it sticky.