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How I made a lil “Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man”

It’s fun to see those attention-getting inflatable tube men that are wildly waving their arms in front of stores, car dealers, and even as scarecrows in farm fields. How fun would it be to have one dancing on your desk or waving at neighbors out your window?

Cairo-based product designer Dina Amin collects discarded electronics and attempts to give them a new life through her Tinker Friday project, a series of stop-motion animated videos that feature adorable characters and bite-sized stories. In this project, she’s left the motion up to a repaired hairdryer and a long plastic bag. She writes:

I wanted to teach myself a lil bit hardware and electronics, so I made him out of old broken stuff that I learned how to fix! I fixed the hairdryer motor, adaptor, and switch! I am not an engineer by any means! I made so many mistakes in the process, (including electrifying myself 3 times) and documented parts of it!

We love Amin’s Tinker Friday videos. Follow her tinkering projects on Instagram, Facebook, and Patreon.

Next: The origin of the dancing inflatable tube man and The Master Microfixer Teaching the World to Fix iPhones.

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