I always wanted an external thermometer in my car. I find it useful for ice warning and general information.
Unfortunately, my 1999 Citroen Xsara mk1 doesn’t come with one. I had to hack it.
I bought the Auriol Internal – External Thermometer from lidl. It has Ice alarm, min/max settings, and long 3m cable. Everything you need from a car thermometer. It only costs 3.99€. Sweet.
Here’s a hack from the past.
I initiated this jar-lamp more than 3 years ago but got distracted by other projects and abandoned it.
Basically, I’m taking an ikea glass jar, stuffing it with some electronics, and turning it into a bed-side lamp.
We’re going to need:
- Ikea Glass Jar 1.50€
- Flip Switch 0.40€
- 3800mAh Battery for Nintendo Wii Balance Board 4€
- Female & male Power plugs 0.80€
- Retractable USB nokia cable 1.1€
- AC to DC 5V USB charger 1.1€
- 25x White LEDs 0.8€
The first step is to frost the glass. This way the light will spread evenly without blinding spots and will keep all the unsightly electronics out of sight.
This was the hardest part. I read somewhere that you can get frosting spray, but couldn’t find it anywhere, so I started grinding the inside of the jar with my dremel and a grinding bit. It took a lot of hours, and wasted 3 stone bits.
The results however were very satisfying.
A true hard-core gamer must have a gaming-themed car. I was looking for a fun mod for my car, I love flight-sims, plus I see myself as a fast aggressive driver so… Why the hell no? Onwards to the hack!
First you have to remove the stock gear-shift knob.
Some of them you have to un-screw them, others you have to pull them out.
I tried to twist and pull at the same time, but turns out mine had a plastic sleeve to keep it aligned. By twisting I broke that. Oh well… no turning back now.