How do you keep old electronics out of the trash? One answer is a simple hack: Stick a newer gadget inside an old shell. These classic Macs from the late 80s have been fitted with iPads inside, making them a hybrid of recycled Apple parts.
The project came about by chance when a Dutch designer stumbled on the old computers. “When I helped my buddy with moving last month, he was going to throw out his nerdy Macintosh SE from 1989,” recalls Fredo de Smet, a principal at a creative firm called Fisheye. “There were six of them, and I saved them from destruction.”
The company pulled out the old image tubes, and 3-D printed a frame to hold a 7-inch iPad inside. So far, they’ve used the hacked computers at a trade show and occasionally bring them to meetings, though De Smet notes the obvious: “The old Mac is not truly mobile.”