Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

The Art of Circuit-Bending

CircuitbendingI'm not a big fan of modding vintage technology; classic gear should remain untouched for future users and collectors. That said, talented mods can breath new life into otherwise dull old gadgets.

Reed Ghazala, the master of circuit-bending, has written a book about modifying toy technology to produce peculiar new instruments and devices: "Alien music could be inside that old Speak & Spell at your neighbor's yard sale. Circuit-bending sets it free. Start turning throw-away audio electronics into magical music engines and discover a freedom of expression that comes straight from your dreams. All you need to know about electronics is how to solder—and how to read these instructions from the guy who accidentally started it all."

To get you started, Ghazala includes hints and tips to help you mangle fifteen fairly common old electronic toys. Once you get the idea, these techniques can be used to turn thrift store electronics into a paradise of bloops, bleeps, and flashing lights. Available mid to late August 2005.

Circuit-Bending: Build Your Own Alien Instruments (Wiley & Sons, via Video Thing)


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