Archive for DIY

PlayStation Move and a turntable used to track the Earth’s rotation

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011

Fancy yourself an amateur scientist? Do you want to track the Earth’s rotation from your home? Well, if you have a few simple tools, you can do just that. The device above is called Copernitron and features a PlayStation Move controller, a turntable, and a homebrew Helmholtz coil which cancels out interference caused by our planet’s magnetic field.

It sends data to a Linux PC via Bluetooth and measures the Earth’s rotation, locates geographic north, and determines altitude. This is achieved by measuring the controller’s movements as it spins around at 45 RPM.

Old Nintendo GameCubes turned into desktop organizers

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011

Need to spice up your office space? How about this hand-crafted Nintendo GameCube desktop organizer? These are made by Etsy seller GreenCub , who removes all of the GameCube’s innards, adding pencil/pen slots where its power and reset buttons once were, and controller ports that are now a drawer.

The disc tray is now a storage tray. Even the side vents are converted into a magnetic paperclip holder and the carry handle is an iPhone/iPod holder. He did a great job and now I want one for my desk. There are three colors available with prices starting from $40 to $50.

Chucky PC casemod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2011

Remember the Chucky movies? The ones with the psycho doll that killed people? Well, he’s back. This time he’s on a PC case. The modder who made this must really love Chucky. It was made by Omar Majzoub who spent over six months and $2000 on this Child’s Play computer. As you can see it’s designed to look like a giant Good Guys box.

Good guy my arse! Chucky is outside of the box, but there’s a mini-me Chucky, Bride of Chucky and Son of Chucky inside the case. I hope he doesn’t hang around this thing at night.

Sega Dreamcasts get custom paint jobs

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2011

The Sega Dreamcast is still a favorite of many gamers, so it makes sense that you would want to customize it and give it a cool makeover. French artist oskunk93 has painted two Sega Dreamcast consoles with some wild custom art.

Fans of Dreamcast classic gaming titles Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio will especially appreciate oskunk93’s paint work. If you want your console painted, this is clearly the guy to give it to. Awesome work.

Tweeting using Morse code

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 16th, 2011

Why tweet with your phone or keyboard when you can tweet like the old days using morse code. That’s right, you can use a telegraph machine. joester5 on Twitter managed to create just that. A telegraph machine for Twitter, using a telegraph machine he bought on eBay.

It took some open source software, a twitter account, an arduino micro-controller, and a telegraph machine. You’ll have to learn Morse code however. At least you won’t have to go to the telegraph office to pick up tweets from this guy.

Atomic Pinball Clock

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 16th, 2011

A guy named Mark Gibson has put an atomic clock inside a pinball machine, making one of the coolest clocks ever. It’s a WWVB atomic clock using a pinball machine marquee. What used to be the score is now the time, with atomic clock accuracy.

The downside is that it makes a lot of noise. If you want to build one, Mark has detailed instructions for building the atomic pinball clock here. It is a difficult build, but worth it.

TRON Segway mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 11th, 2011

If you’re a Tron fan, let’s face it, you are looking to put cool lights on all kinds of stuff so you can pretend you are in the grid. A TRON-themed Segway was just a matter of time. It looks pretty good.

This one was a pretty simple mod, since it just took some 3M reflective safety tape, a strand of blue LED Christmas lights, a pair of scissors and some electrical tape. I can’t imagine anyone from the movie riding it, but hey, whatever.

Nexus S gets overclocked to 1.2 GHz

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2011

If you think that the Hummingbird processor in your Nexus S is a bit slow at 1GHz, maybe you can overclock it, like morfic at XDA has managed to do. He overclocked the Nexus S to 1.2 Ghz and developed a new kernal which allows owners of the Nexus S to add an extra 200 million clock cycles to the processing power.

The only problem is that with this increase in speed, you are going to have some glitches. The increased speed disables the phone’s Bluetooth capabilities for one, but hey you have more power. There’s always a price to pay.

Xbox 360 Toaster

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 2nd, 2011

I’ve always wanted to rip the guts out of a four-slice toaster and replace them with an Xbox 360. Luckily for me, now I don’t have to do it as someone else has done it for me. You may not be able to enjoy breakfast anymore with this mod, but you’ll be able to play CoD: Black Ops in the kitchen.

It is the work of modder ncaruso11, aka (akatheguy2) and it is dubbed the XToaster360. Best kitchen appliance ever. COD is way better than toast anyway.

TRON Cat costume

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2010

It may not be Halloween, but why should that stop you from dressing up your cat in a TRON costume? It shouldn’t. If you have a dream, live it. Who cares if your cat never talks to you again. Some huge TRON fan is living the dream and has dressed their cat up in a light-up costume and posted a picture of it online.

The cat seems to like it since it can’t stop checking itself out in the mirror. Maybe the mirror is a gateway into the grid.

Kinect used to control a robot

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2010

We’ve seen Microsoft’s Kinect sensor hacked to do a whole bunch of stuff, and now someone is using it to control a robot using the sensor. Let’s stop this madness now. Before you know it, we will be facing robot armies controlled from some dudes living room.

The robot is dubbed the Veltrobot, a gyro-stabilized robot with some nice limb movement. The system maps the Kinect output onto a skeletal frame, transmitting that information to the robot, which may or may not venture outside to hurt others.

Steampunk Etch-a-Sketch

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2010

Getting an Etch-a-Sketch for Christmas is cool, but you would have to have been a super good boy or girl to get this one. Yes, this is an Etch-a-Sketch modified for the Victorian era. A time when you didn’t have ugly red plastic, but you did have brass and other cool metals.

This one was indeed a Christmas gift, made by one talented young person as a gift for a friend. And he is obviously the best friend a guy could ever have. Great job.

DIY Tron messenger bag

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2010

This Tron-inspired messenger bag will make you feel like you are in the film, minus the bad reviews. All it takes is a bit of EL-wire and a little soldering, you can make one just like this. A small battery pack that sends a low current through the EL-wire gives it a nice blue glow.

You will be the envy of every Tron nerd you know and you will stand out from the crowd. It might even make you safer since folks in cars will see you at night.

NES console joystick mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2010

If you have an old NES console just lying around collecting dust, here’s a neat mod that you can do. Turn the console into an arcade style joystick that can be used for other consoles. Sure, it makes for a large joystick, but your friends will be impressed.

The NES just seems to look good no matter what modifications are made to it. That’s good design. I’d love to see a screen on top as well.

The Scooterputer PC lets you game on the go

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2010

The Scooterputer takes portability to a whole new level. It comes from modder Stephen Popa. This is basically a Thermaltake Element V case with plenty of gaming power sitting on a 24v rechargeable electric scooter that has been stretched a full 11 inches to maker room for the computer.

The computer case has an Intel i7 processor inside, along with 4GB RAM, GTS 250 graphics card, three RAIDed hard drives, USB 3.0 port, dual layer DVD burner, Thermaltake TR2 1200 Watt power supply and it’s water cooled with Thermaltake Big water 850I kit.