Recently, I’ve gone into another tinkering phase, where some stupid idea about how to make common items really dangerous/fun will come to me and I’ll half implement it. Until just now, when I fully implemented one.
I realise this thread might not be taken well, but I am not posting directions, merely relating what I’ve done.
It occurred to me that it might be fun to play around with disposable cameras, because they’ve got some neat electronics in there to operate the flash. Boy do they ever. It turns out that they’ve got one bigass capacitor in there.
So I went to the grocery store and asked the 1-hour photo guy if he had any used disposable cameras. Yep, he gave me a bag full of about 5 of them (including AA batteries - score!). So after taking a couple apart and seeing how they worked, I turned another one into a sort of homemade taser. I haven’t used it on anything living (though I did shock myself nicely once while making it), but it makes nice loud sparks when I discharge it on a metal surface. I don’t plan to do anything with my new toy. The fun was in the making.
My other tinkering project was with one of those Scripto fireplace lighters. It came with a neat little resevoir of butane and a little rubber hose thingy too, as well as a piezo-electric spark generator. I might try to rig up a fire-from-my-fingertips thing which I’d probably use only once and burn myself in the process (I already singed my hair once with it).
Am I just crazy, or does anyone else take things apart and put them back together in new and dangerous ways?