What if Our Hair Dryers and Blenders Worked Like Open Source Code?

Tseng deconstructed 50 common household gadgets and realized that you could recreate all of them with five basic modules.

Have you ever looked at your hair dryer and wondered if it could make a killer latte? Or if your desk lamp could double as a projector in a pinch? Probably not, but design student Weilun Tseng dreams of of a future where household appliances can be reconfigured as easily as Lego bricks.

Tseng was inspired by photographer Todd McClellan, who obsessively deconstructs mechanical objects, and a growing personal frustration with the mountains of electronic waste that result from a culture of planned obsolescence. Tseng deconstructed 50 common household gadgets, everything from fans to tea kettles, and realized that you could recreate all of them with five basic modules: a light socket, rotating motor, air heater, immersion heater, and a heated surface.

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