MayorMike, inspired by the article I wrote for Make vol. 20 (Retro Wireless Handset), stuck a bluetooth headset in a plastic toy gun to create his Handgun Bluetooth Earpiece Project. The best part – the earphone is located at the end of the barrel, so to answer a call, you stick it up to your ear. Genius.
The innards are shown below.
Nice work, MayorMike! May I suggest that you pair this with a Hand Grenade MP3 Player?
I didn’t know at the time that I was being recorded, but here’s a somewhat low quality video of the Retro Bluetooth Handset talk I gave on Sunday of the 2010 Bay Area Maker Faire.
The talk starts about 7 minutes into the video, so skip ahead unless you want to watch John Edgar Park of Make: television greet his fans.
Bill Owens recently shot a couple photos of the Samsung WEP470 Bluetooth headset, aka the $3 Woot Headset.
This headset looks like a great platform for hacking, but to my knowledge noone has turned one into a Retro Wireless Handset yet…
There is some more info about the WEP470 in the forums.
Woot is selling a Samsung Bluetooth headset for $17.99 + $5 S/H – $20 MIR = $3 after rebate.
For that price this headset could be a great candidate to use for a DIY Retro Bluetooth Handset.
The catch is that I can’t guarantee this headset is actually hackable until someone buys one and reports back here.
Who will be the first?
In this week’s Make: Weekend Project, KipKay shows us how to turn a Bluetooth headset into a retro-styled wireless handset.
This project is based on the ‘Retro Wireless Handset’ article I wrote for Make: magazine volume 20.
KipKay also posted a pdf version of the article so now you can read about this project even if you’re not a Make: subscriber.