a workshop led by the Disengineering Society
In a world of products planned for obsolescence, disposable vapes reign supreme as pieces of modern technology that are almost never properly recycled. While the vape juice may run out, the battery, sensor, and sturdy housing are still perfectly usable. Disengineering’s “post-nicotine” design makes use of these would-be disposed-of components by adding a mic element, some simple DIY engineering, and an aux output to get the vape mic.
This project introduces electret microphones, waste component rewiring, and a simple power supply circuit. The goal of this project is to create a microphone housing from a disposable nicotine vape, using a few of the components inside the vape.
The Disengineering Society will have some discarded vape devices to share for this project. But feel free to bring your own if you have one.
We’re doing a $5–10 suggested donation for this workshop. It’s fine if you can’t afford it.
The Disengineering Society is a group that takes a non-conventional approach to the engineering space by facilitating an environment for people to work together to hack hardware, software, and e-waste for sonic repurposing and re-engineering. We aim to combat the notion of “planned obsolescence” by pointing to DIY culture as a tool through which awareness can be raised, people can be educated, and strange sounds can be made regardless of skill level or prior knowledge pertaining to electronics or music. Throughout the past year (our inaugural year as an official student organization) we have achieved this through hosting weekly workshops, which we hold in our lab space at Wesleyan, where we introduce basic DIY audio electronics concepts and provide opportunities for participants to experiment hands-on with these concepts.
We believe in dispelling the notion often reinforced by the DIY ethos that singular innovations are created by isolated individual geniuses in a linear progression of new objects and styles. Instead, in our meetings and approach to engineering, we recognize the outcomes of creative labor as ongoing and adaptive processes that, in turn, feed back into community building.