In this howto of howtos, I will demonstrate how to take an ordinary, boring $3 calculator and turn it into a piece of art and give it the potential of limitless self expression.
The final product is more proof-of-concept than practical, but with each version it has gotten more usable.
I was inspired to make this one day in Earth Science a couple of years ago when i took a piece of cardboard and drew a calculator on it and thought, cool.
Sometime in May I decided that I would go right to my room (then sans computer) and get to work on something productive. Instead, I made v1.
Step 1: Materials
1. One appropriately thin, cheap calculator (solar is best)
2. Thin pieces of cardboard. I used the material from the back cover of an old spiral notebook and some other bits of thin cardboard I found lying around my basement.
3. One "faceplate". I followed a 3x5 theme so I used a piece of lined 3x5 notecard with numbers written write on it. You can use whatever you like.
4. Foil for the contacts. I'm thinking about getting some aluminum tape, but is fine.
2. Hobby knife
3. Clean, non-smudgy hands