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12 geeky ways to reuse and upcycle your old hardware

Having a clear out of your old tech? Turn your hardware and gadgets into something geeky and awesome.
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By Eileen Brown, Contributor on
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1 of 12 Etsy

Keyboard clock

TecoArt specialises in producing clocks made from recycled monitors. This uses an Apple G3 Clamshell and uses the screen as the dial. The desktop image can be customised.

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2 of 12 BRC Designs

Circuit board coffee table

BRC designs takes reuse to a new degree. The table structure is made from the metal from computer towers that are riveted together. The surface is covered by motherboards, computer chips, LED screens and hard drive disks. Even the glass for the table was salvaged.

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3 of 12 Punjabi Lok Virsa

Printer bread bin

A great new use for any old printer you have lying around in your office. Use the housing to store your bread. Also makes a great cable store.

 

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4 of 12 Technabob

CD chair

Designer Belen Hermosa has made this modern, but probably uncomfortable chair from old CDs.

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5 of 12 Instablog

Circuit board car

There are a couple of examples of circuit board covered cars and trucks. Probably built as an art project and not as an excuse to get out of washing the car.

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6 of 12 Etsy

RAM clock

This clock has been created from six recycled RAM chips, a hard drive platter and hard drive motor.

 

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7 of 12 PCB Creations

Circuit board shoes

Steven Rodrig has upcycled circuit boards and other PC components into these wildly impractical and probably unwearable shoes.

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8 of 12 Reform Design

G3 Coffee table

This Crunching Numbers coffee table is custom-made and individually hand-crafted from retired Macintosh G3s. Up to 70 percent of reclaimed materials have been used in its tension-set design.

 

 

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9 of 12 Tech4abc

Wall clock

This wall clock has been recycled from a Mac G3 computer motherboard. It includes RAM and processor in the body of the clock. A used Mac mouse functions as the pendulum bob. The clockface is a DVD and keyboard keys show the hours.

 

 

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10 of 12 Trendhunter

Keyboard calendar

A perpetual calendar made from keyboard keys. In the age of touch screens, these old clunky keyboards are becoming a hot retro item.

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11 of 12 Techflesh

Nintendo Desk organiser

This Nintendo 64 controller has been converted into a desk mate and USB extension.

 

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12 of 12 ewaste journal

Toilet

Made from circuit boards this small toilet is not, fortunately, a funtioning model. However there is nothing to stop you sticking PC hardware onto your own sanitary ware. You might need to find something other than hardware for a softer seat.

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