Hack It Back Into Working Order!
The latest winners of the 2022 Hackaday Prize are in the Hack It Back category, where entrants found ways to resurrect old technology and generally improve it’s functionality as well. The projects are all rather unique in this category, and as with all the other entrants the project details, including parts and process, are freely available for anyone who would like to replicate them.
For instance, if you have an old Nokia 1680 phone (which obviously still works) that no longer has a network to connect to, why not use that to house some more modern hardware? This project (name change upcoming due to Nokia disliking Notkia) gives you a way to design a custom PCB with exactly the same dimensions as the original PCB of the Nokia phone, and run Linux on it. You will end up with a device that has LoRa+WiFI+BT connectivity, powered by an Ingenic X1000E and more secure that just about any modern phone on the market.
If you want to be even more obscure, how about Anders Nielsen’s Simple Universal Modem which is not just a universal modem able to communicate via any official protocol that existed but will also let you access data from deprecated storage media such as tape or even vinyl records.