Being able to hack and modify random objects is an essential skill. Budget and time constraints often make it necessary to build a project using only the materials that you have at hand. Here is a simple example.
Let's say that you are a spy and you need to get a video recording of the secret documents being handed off to an enemy spy. You have a pair of video sunglasses. But a large pair of dark sunglasses would look very suspicious indoors. So you need to quickly modify them so that your hidden camera can be used in a variety of situations. Here is how you might do that.
Step 1: Open Up the Housing of the Spy Glasses
There are three main ways that electronics are typically held together. Parts are either glued, snapped in place, or fastened with screws. These glasses use some of all three.
The temples of the glasses contain the battery and the circuit board. These were held in place with small screws. The temples where attached to the rest of the frame with more screws. The bridge of the glasses contain the camera. The two parts of the frame were screwed and snapped together and needed to be pried apart. The camera and the wires inside the frame where glued in place. Fortunately, they could be gently peeled away from the frame.
After disassembling the glasses, you are left with a small pin hole camera that can be remounted in a different housing to meet your needs.