Desktop Decepticon repurposes cell phone


We’ve got a few old cell phones sitting around and apart from salvaging the LCD screen we’re not quite sure what to do with them. [Gingerpete50] turned his into a desktop Decepticon figurine. This masterpiece is a delightful conversation piece and when he’s tired of it decorating his cubicle, we’re sure there will be plenty of people he can hand it down to. The figure doesn’t transform back into a cell phone and it uses a few extra parts he had on hand, but neither of these things bother us. What it does have is some articulated joints and a few LEDs that you can see above. We haven’t tried our hand at custom model building, but after seeing this you can be assured it’s on our list.


  1. MakesLoveToArduinos says:

    GINGERPETE!!! Everyone knows gingers have no soul. And no soul = no hax.

  2. therian says:

    Mike just run, run, run as fast as you can into the brick wall, stop this torture to yourself and others

  3. john says:

    that’s really awesome, i just wish it was on a site that wasn’t so hostile to its users.

  4. aztraph says:

    But can it turn BACK!?!

  5. nave.notnilc says:

    cute :)

  6. tj says:

    Really nice!

  7. therian says:

    But what can it do ? paper weight ? or play with it when get high and take it apart ?
    No practical purpose so it classify as Art not Hack

  8. Skyler says:

    Why can’t a hack be art?

    Must something serve some useful purpose before it can be called a “hack”?

    I always thought a “hack” was a creative way to re-use(or mis-use, or ab-use) existing things. This certainly qualifies.

  9. therian says:

    @Skyler “Why can’t a hack be art?”

    because when I want to find art I want to use word art, and when I want to find hack I want to use word hack. Lets keep definitions of words so we can use those words when we want and for what we want. We already shave Goggle picture search which will show you porn for any entered word

  10. therian says:

    word ART already lose it definition and become meaningless, you can argue that shit on white plate is ART, and make good point that it is ART, but most people when hearing word ART dont think about poo on plate. I dont want such faith to happen with word HACK. and no bull shit, yes you can call hack anything if you try hard enough lets be serious

  11. @therian,
    I am so happy I don’t have to deal with you in real life. You are so very very unpleasant. Not to mention the fact that your argument of mixing definitions is complete b.s.

  12. Skyler says:

    Therian, I see where you’re coming from. I agree with you completely as regards the re-definition of “art” in our culture.

    But my point is, if we define “hack” as “creative repurposing of existing technology”, this seems to fit in that category.

    Do you define “hack” differently? Maybe that would help clear this up.

  13. therian says:

    I believe that hack should apply to technology, why not to call craft a craft when it is art and craft, why you need to borrow word hack for it ?
    And no Im not mad or something I just hate BS when I see it

    By the way art and technology newer mix together for example when artist try to add some engineering usually end result is bad art and bad engineering (usually it impractical overkill), when engineer try to add art, the end result always less practical than if there was only engineering. It was proven counsels number of times, end result always worse than if it was in separate category, there might be exceptions but they so rare to change anything

  14. c70ud9in3 says:


    Are you tripping on cat urine? Your logic airs a certain ubsurdity to it that disturbs my otherwise silent browsing of HaD. Do you talk the same way you think? Even more appropriate, do you physically converse with the same erratic repore you so arrogantly display for all to see? Your words are somewhat of a pestilence to my eyes. Logic demands thorough thought, and I’m afraid you haven’t the necessary tools.

    Just my two cents.

  15. therian says:

    dont try to smart, your not, and you comment have no sense

  16. c70ud9in3 says:

    Okay. I try not smart. Better sound you? Asshat.

  17. c70ud9in3 says:

    If only HaD would divulge IP’s. I would have more fun. AND POST IT. I promise.

  18. therian says:

    @c70ud9in3 try this one

  19. Ronald says:

    Hey can we just admit that this is a cool —PROJECT— and stop bashing each other because of personal definitions and lack of maturity? If you can make anything that took this much thought, planning and skill, POST IT. Otherwise, see it as a cool project that lots of us thank HaD for posting.

  20. walt says:

    cool. but why in the world do people post stuff on instructables :( that site keeps getting worse.

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