Monday, August 02, 2010

Mayor Mike's Bluetooth Gun

Our man in Mt. Holly, Mayor Mike, has crafted a clever way to add a little excitement to incoming calls. I like the trigger operated switch, which appears to be heavy duty enough to outlive a stock switch 10:1.

Any of you who know me well enough know that I hate talking on the telephone. I really, really, really hate it. Inspired by the Retro Wireless Handset project from Make Vol. 20, I decided to mod a Bluetooth earpiece for my phone out of a kids plastic toy gun. Now, I look forward to receiving a call from the First Lady while I'm at work. I draw the gun out of my pocket, stick the barrel in my ear (the speaker is in the business end), and pull the trigger to answer the call.

Below is a larger photo of the guts (in charging mode with the cable attached). It still needs a bit of work to flush mount the microphone and I've been debating on painting it to look like a real gun. (I get equally giddy and frightened by the panic that this could cause should someone not notice that the gun is a fake or should I accidentally take a call while at the bank.) But you can see how perfectly the trigger and switch work together on this model of toy gun.
Keep on doing what you do, Mike! If it takes answering calls on a plastic gun to keep things interesting, so be it.

Mayor Mike's Bluetooth 'Town Constable' Gun