If you should find yourself bed-bound or injured, then you may well find that you quickly get bored without being able to get outside and do the things you might normally. That’s true for most people at least, but if you’re a techie, then there are countless things you can try your hand at that will keep you busy. ‘Techies’ are naturally inquisitive, systems-minded individuals who enjoy taking things apart and finding out how they work. Thus there’s almost always something available to them to keep them entertained and distracted. Read on and we’ll take a look at some of the tech that you can start tinkering with when you’re next bed ridden or recovering from an injury…

The Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a highly publicised ‘miniature computer’. For around $50 this remarkable little piece of kit contains everything you need for a range of computing tasks and will run the Linux operating system once you give it a flash card and a HD display to output to.

If you’re a tech-type then you’ll find that simply setting up this miraculous little machine is rewarding enough to begin with, but the real fun comes once you start experimenting with all the different projects this then allows. Such a small and cheap computer can become the hub of all kinds of other projects whether you want to build your own retro arcade machine or some kind of mini robot.

Virtual Reality

If you have some spare cash lying around then you can purchase yourself a development kit for the Oculus Rift. The Oculus Rift is an amazing piece of technology that basically makes good on the promises for virtual reality that we’ve been hearing since the 80s. Attach this headset and you’ll be able to look around virtual environments in stereoscopic 3D as though you were really there. It’s an incredible experience and amazing that it should be one you can have affordably in your own home.

And if you don’t have the cash to funnel into an Oculus Rift? Then you can always try the Durovis Dive instead – which is essentially a virtual reality headset that uses your smartphone as the internals thus saving you a huge amount of cash.

Building a PC

The ultimate techie-hobby has got to be building computers. This way you can learn a whole lot about the way computers work under the hood, and you can benefit from the thrill of creating your very own machine with all the specs that you want. It’s a great hobby, though again this one can get a little expensive.

Learning to Program

If you want to ensure you’ll be occupied for months on end, then learning to program is a great way to do that. Not only will you find that this is a highly rewarding process (the feeling of creating your first program is a great one), but it’s also one that gives you entirely new ‘tools’ for thinking. This can help you to solve problems you encounter every day, or alternatively it can make you a lot of money if you create a hit app.

And if you already know how to program? Then why not learn how to program in a different programming language or on a different platform?

Going Retro

Retro computers and games consoles have an appeal for techies that’s hard to explain. They can give us a great rush of nostalgia while also reminding us of just how far we’ve come. That, and some of the old games are actually still pretty fun – while using old computers can teach us more about using the machines of today. If you have an old ZX Spectrum lying around or a NES, fish it out and you’ll find it can make for a fun afternoon getting re-acquainted. And if it doesn’t work anymore? Better yet – you can start refurbishing it!

If you’re currently stuck getting around on wheelchair platform lifts, then perhaps it’s time to start one of these great projects!

Author Bio: Warren Brown is a freelance blogger and an ace creative write with many years of experience writing for top blogs. Warren has written on a myriad of topics and has written several posts for us.

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