It's a kit that builds something that ...turns itself off when turned on. Hence, the Useless Box!
Yes, it's ... Useless! It's a clever electromechanical box that turns itself off after you've turned it on.
You build it, you turn it on, and ...it has other ideas. A finger extends, and turns itself off just as quickly as you turn it on. Weird and wonderful, it's a physical description of many aspects of life (how's that for the beginning of an artsy interpretation?).
This kit features a box you construct out of glossy black acrylic that houses a gearmotor, battery, and switch you solder together yourself, so you can proudly declare yourself the "creator of Uselessness!". Solarbotics is the original manufacturer of this same kit made for MAKE magazine and Thinkgeek.
Sure it's useless... but it keeps your itchy switch-flippin' fingers busy!
To build your own Useless Box, you will need basic soldering equipment, 2xAA batteries, and #2 phillips screwdriver.
The Solarbotics "Doing Something Useful with Uselessness" Campaign
Solarbotics is donating a part of each Useless Box sale to Plan Canada, and we've been able to raise over $8000 and put it to Usefulness. We've sponsored wells, gardens, goats and school equipment for no less than six communities in Honduras. So don't ever feel bad about this level of uselessness!
Custom Useless Boxes
Have an idea for a gift box with attitude? We can help with custom lid engraving for an additional $20 if you order Useless Boxes in multiples of 4 (same design on all four boxes). Select "Box with Custom Top x 4" option and add it to cart to include it with your order. Send your order confirmation along with your artwork + instructions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure you follow Custom Engraving Guidelines. You can use the Useless Box Template if you like as well.