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Dec 112010
World's Most Useless Christmas Present

The perfect present for the existentialist in your household!

Because I’m a tinkerer at heart, I started a Nashville Hackerspace a few months ago called HackNash. So far, our members have put on the Circuit Benders’ Ball (featuring Tim Kaiser among others), shown off our various gadgets, inspired each other, and hosted a Most Useless Machine Ever workshop. Not bad for only three meetups.

What’s the Most Useless Machine? It’s a box with a button. Press the button, and an arm pops out and shuts itself off. Simple! Brilliant! Useless! I first discovered the build via my favorite magazine in the world, Make Magazine. It’s also known as the “Leave Me Alone Box.”

I’m somewhat of a Christmas humbug, so naturally, I decided to style-up my Most Useless Machine in Christmas wrapping paper. All it needs is a tacky “from/to” label with a message like, “Push the button to get all you deserve this Christmas.” Perfect for your least-favorite loved ones! Build your own and put your clips in the comments section!

If you live in the Nashville area and like to build stuff, join our HackNash Facebook group.

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