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Atari 2600 console mod with built in screen

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 13th, 2009

Atari 2600 console mod with built in screenSure we’ve seen all kinds of mods where they toss the Atari 2600′s case and hack them into a proper portable, but what if you want to keep the aesthetics of the console intact? You put a 5″ LCD screen and the joystick controls right on the console itself of course.

This one goes by the “Stella-Tubby v1.0″ moniker. And it can actually be yours since it’s on Ebay. It even runs on a pair 9V batteries so it is portable. Kind of. Think of it as an Atari tablet.

Modder hacks PSP for DualShock 2 control

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 13th, 2009

Modder hacks PSP for DualShock 2 controlAs far as DIY projects go, we never thought we would see a DualShock 2 controller hooked up to a PSP, but here it is, proving that if you can think it up, it will happen. It allows one to control Sony’s portable console from a distance, or at least from as far as the cable (Or your eyesight) permits.

What’s neat here is that this is a 100% detachable solution. It’s the work of a French modder by the name of Flasheur, who refuses to be told how and with what controller he can play by the likes of Sony.

Donkey Kong shelves put the game on the wall

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 11th, 2009

Donkey Kong shelves put the game on the wallWho doesn’t love Donkey Kong? Who doesn’t want it on their wall? And let’s face it, any shelves you install are going to end up crooked as a 3 dollar bill. But when those shelves involve DK, crooked is ok. In fact, it’s mandatory to recreate the look of the game.

And this guy did it up right. He’s got all of the perfect nerd decor on them. The only thing missing is a wind-up Mario walking around swinging a hammer. You can almost hear the game sounds. We give these shelves two callused gaming thumbs up.

Neo Geo mini arcade cabinet mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 10th, 2009

Neo Geo mini arcade cabinet modPocket Lucho is known for building awesome mini-arcade cabinets using vintage game consoles. And after spending five months perfecting an earlier Neo Geo cabinet design, he has posted some detailed info on this awesome project.

He used a Neo Geo MVS mv1b board, 5-inch PSOne LCD, and Space Invaders Play TV controls. He attached the control panel and the PS one display with magnets make the wiring more accessible, and check out that detailed exterior design. Amazing work all around.

Steampunk USB flash drive

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 9th, 2009

Steampunk USB flash driveThis Steampunk USB Flash Drive looks a little more authentic than some others. This one was created by a Russian modder, using some cogs, screws and a brass pipe.

You can easily picture this one attached to a victorian laptop, had they had such things. You can load your plans for all of your Steampunk creations on this drive and keep them safe in style. If you think you have the skill and want to make your own flash drive with a similar look, full instructions are available at English Russia.

Build your own Battlestar Galactica Viper rocket

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 7th, 2009

Build your own Battlestar Galactica Viper rocketAh memories. Remember the Battlestar and Star Trek replica rockets from Estes? That was about 20 years ago. Estes discontinued them a long time ago, but you can still build one today.

Verna Rockets has the full skinny on its own builds, with links to several sites for parts and instructions. So what are you waiting for? Go build a flying model rocket that looks like a Viper, the U.S.S. Enterprise, and even The Black Hole Space Probe from “The Black Hole” movie. This is really awesome news. Anytime you combine rockets with Battlestar Galactica, it’s all win.

Wiimote and iPhone get together via Bluetooth

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 5th, 2009

Here’s a great hack that will merge your iPhone and your Wiimote. This is an OpenGL ES demo showing a Wiimote paired with the iPhone, using Bluetooth. The iPhone can then track the Wiimote’s orientation in real time. Pretty sweet.

It will be interesting to see what evolves from this project. Maybe one day soon you will be playing a smaller version of Wii games on your iPhone. Maybe Nintendo and Apple can get together and make games that use both a Wiimote and your iPhone…Like that could happen.

TurboGrafx-16 gets modded into a custom portable

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2009

TurboGrafx-16 gets modded into a custom portable Why bother dusting off that old TurboGrafx console when you can just build your own portable version? Not everyone has the skills, but that’s what modder “Bacteria” did.

Dubbed the IntoGrafx, this portable allows you to play TurboGrafx and PC-Engine HUcard games using the original hardware and original game carts, not emulation. This one weighs in at just 750g and measures 215 x 135 x 55mm. As usual he did an awesome job. That was a fun console to play back in the day.

Homemade portable 8-Track player

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on July 23rd, 2009

Homemade portable 8-Track playerThe 8-Track may be long dead, but it’s not forgotten. Just ask Cheap Trick. It lives on in the hearts and minds of a generation that loved Disco, turntables and Three’s Company.

And while a portable 8-track walkman seems like a ridiculous idea, someone has actually gone and done it. Of course, it isn’t tiny, but it’s probably the most portable 8-track player ever made. At least that we know of.

N64 casemod of Princess Peach’s castle

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2009

N64 casemod of Princess Peach’s castle We’ve seen more Nintendo casemods than there are coins in the Mario Realm, but this one is really over the top. It’s a wild and super creative version of Peach’s castle.

At first glance it looks like a cake, but nope, that there’s a mod dedicated to the Princess herself on top of a fully-functional Nintendo 64 console. According to the ebay ad, “the exterior of the castle has been molded to look like the bricks and roof tiles, then painted. The mural of Princess Peach is a very detailed mosaic and the five flags are made of cloth.”

Super Nintendo nightmare console

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2009

http://technabob.com/blog/2009/07/14/game-over-snes-casemod-from-a-clearly-disturbed-mind/Your eyes will never be the same after taking in this abomination. Someone should put it out of it’s misery, but since it is fueled by the souls of all your past dead Mario lives, it remains undead. You can’t kill it, you can’t reason with it and it’s ugliness can not be stopped.

At night this thing even glows in the dark, looking spooky as hell, where it comes from. It’s still fully functional. It’s appropriately called the Game Over SNES.

Eee lights up when you get a message

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2009

Eee lights up when you get a messageSure, lights on your notebook are nothing new, but they don’t really do anything useful. This mod, on the other hand, puts a 3-color LED on an Asus Eee 901 that shows you when you have incoming messages. All it takes is an extra microprocessor and some custom scripts.

The RGB LED displays a different color depending on whether it’s email, an IM or a tweet. We can only hope that this opens up the eyes of product designers. It would be nice to see something like this on an HP, Acer or Dell.

Nintendo DS/Sony PSP arcade cabinet throws portability out the window

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2009

Nintendo DS/Sony PSP arcade cabinet throws portability out the windowDid I miss something? I must have because I thought the whole idea of having portables was to, well have portability. You know, devices where you give up some graphics for the ability to play anywhere. So why would anyone want to make an arcade cabinet that plays DS/PSP games?

Just because they can. And I guess that’s good enough reason for any crazy mod. I may not understand why, but I gotta hand it to them, it’s unique. Check out a video below while I scratch and shake my head.

Ben Heck’s latest portable Xbox 360

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on July 5th, 2009

Ben Heck's latest portable Xbox 360After five versions, Ben Heck’s portable Xbox 360 mods are still awesome. He just keeps getting better and better. This latest version looks like a Mac product when closed, and features a 17-inch Gateway LCD panel. Some improvements on this one include a Jasper motherboard, a flush-mount DVD door and side panels, digital potentiometer / button volume controls, and an ethernet port in addition to WiFi.

He ditched the camera, but there’s still two USB ports. It’s the only white-colored Xbox 360 laptop he’s built since the original. The man continues to be the Leonardo DaVinci of gaming consoles.

Supertendo Portable SNES Mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on July 2nd, 2009

Supertendo Portable SNES ModCheck out this portable SNES mod from modder Marshall from the Ben Heck forums, the Supertendo. It looks so polished it could fool you into thinking that it’s mass produced. This portable SNES mod features a 5 inch LCD screen, speakers and even a headphone jack,

The cartridge even fits flush with the top of the unit. All mods should aspire to look this good. It even looks comfortable to play. Even the wiring inside is a sight to behold. Well done Marshall.