Hacking the Tubes, Class of 2017-Style

by Amy Marcott on February 6, 2013 · 1 comment

in Hacks, Student Life

Shadow puppet tube hack.

Shadow puppet tube hack by Rachel Katz. The pillars of Building 10 spell MIT and the waves at the bottom are meant to represent the Charles River.

Proving that you’re never too old to have fun with packaging materials, early admits to the Class of 2017 tricked out their acceptance-letter tubes after the Office of Admissions encouraged them to devise funny, creative, or artistic new interpretations of them.

Some went the practical route, like Grace Li, who made a mug with a lid, pencil holder, several hair ties, and some bracelets, and Tom “TJ” Burns, who crafted iPhone speakers.

Becky Bell turned her tube into a hipster. Rachel Katz devised a shadow puppet (shown). The pillars of Building 10 spell MIT and the waves at the bottom are meant to represent the Charles River.

Aaron Morris made a cannon (there’s a video), and Efetobore Tasker made an Arduino-powered, automatic window-shade opener (below). And there’s more. Check out the gallery of tube hacks, including those from last year’s class.

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