Attention 2015 Hackaday Prize Judges:
Please save yourself time, this entry has No video.
Thank you so much for your time all your hard work to make this community awesome!
Setbacks have stalled this project, but I will attempt to continue to try to burn things after the Hackaday Prize.
Other than major setbacks, problems and failure, things are great! I love everything at Hackaday, I had a lot of fun following the Hackaday Prize, and the smaller prizes I won were very encouraging.
The 2015Hackadayprize should be fair to everyone, so I hope to prove that lack of money should not stop a person from entering the contest. Maybe even igniting a sense of independence with financially challenged hackers worldwide, to overcome obstacles by taking advantage of their surroundings.
Broken Projection TV's Abound!
There are thousands of broken projection TV's hiding in peoples basements and garages, destined for land fills. I see adds for free ones online everyday. If the lenses (Fresnel lens screen) from all of them were converted and used for power instead of garbage, the energy would be immeasurable. I'm saving one now. What if everyone did?
Safety Issues: This project is as dangerous as giving a kid a magnifying glass in a dry field on a hot sunny day. I will take precautions and make mechanical shutters to control the light.
Quality Issues: Some lenses work better than others. I don't know how good the one I have is, but we will find out. (uninformative Fresnel Lens Qualities link on side. Not mine.)
Budget: $0 – Everything must be scavenged for free.
Motivation: To build a portable "HomelessHackerSpace" of tools made from free or dumpster bound materials.
- Optimistic – Cut and weld metal at over 2000F (1093C)
- Realistic – Cut and etch thin materials for artistic projects
- Last resort – I make the worlds worst reflow oven ever.
Other tools to keep in mind while dumpster browsing: 3D printer, reflow oven, CNC router, oscilloscope, or anything coveted at the HackASpace.