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Chapter 1. Introduction > The Secret Language of Scrap Yards - Pg. 27

MAKE: PROJECTS Eccentric Cubicle three-ton tub of elevator wiring harness. I had a quick chat with yard owner and scrap-metal ubermensch Phil Watson, then proceeded to harvest the carcass of the UroView (yup, "Uro" as in "Urology." I had a moment of chilling discomfort when visualizing the large and dangerous- looking mechanism being used in close proximity to my . . . well, my urinary tract) for four precision 16" linear actuators, a handful of microswitch-based motion limiters, half a dozen low-speed/high-torque gear motors and an assortment of drivetrain components. Total elapsed time, 20 minutes; total cost, 20 bucks and a coffee. My scrap-fu is strong. Notable tech left behind for the next adventurer to encounter in the corpse: a digital rotational encoder accurate to three decimal places, the Fuji hi-res video camera and image intensifier circuitry, and all the motor control circuitry. A couple of days later, when the yard grunts got tired of tripping over the remnants, the once proud UroView 2500 was unceremoniously consigned to the Steel Bin, signaling its impending return to molten metal.