Archive for DIY

TRON inspired Skatecycle

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2010

The sequel to Disney’s 1982 film Tron is set to be released on December 17, and people everywhere are geeking out with merchandise and TRON inspired DIY stuff. This latest comes from Alon Karpman, the IDSA IDEA award winning creator of The Freerider skate cycle, which is a hub-less two wheeled self-propelling something-or-other currently in production.

Alon, a Brooklyn based design entrepreneur has created a one of a kind tribute to the new film out of his best-selling skatecycle, using colors and glow-in-the-dark elements. And it looks like it came straight out of the movie.

Kinect hack lets you recreate Big piano scene

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2010


Folks are sure doing a lot with the Kinect. The only limit is imagination. The Keyboard Anywhere hack lets you put a piano keyboard on any flat surface and in almost any size. Great for piano lovers and great for movie reenactments.

Maybe one day soon they will put real pianos out of business as folks use a Kinect to practice their skills on a desk or make like Tom Hanks on the FAO Schwarz floor piano in the movie Big. We can’t wait to see what people do with this device next.

World’s first remote-controlled gaming computer

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2010

Meet the world’s first remote-controlled gaming computer. It’s built from a Thermaltake case and built on top of a motorized, remote-controlled base. Oh and there’s also a robotic arm. Now that’s what I call a computer.

Sadly it doesn’t shoot lasers, but I’m sure that is just one mod away from happening. This one could be R2-D2′s long lost cousin. I’m pretty sure I saw this thing in a Jawa Sandcrawler.

Level Twelve Wooden PC

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2010

The Level Twelve casemod from Jeffrey Stephenson is pretty decent looking if you like wood. The box is constructed from Teak and Birds Eye Maple and holds a 2TB hard drive, an optical drive and four front mounted USB ports.

Other specs of this mod include an i7-processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB Crucial C300 SSD and a Lenovo H320 case. Jeff makes computer cases look damn good. If we had computers in the 1950′s they would look like this.

Fireplace computer casemod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 8th, 2010

Winter. It’s the time of year when sitting by the fire not only warms your body, but seems to warm your soul. But what if you don’t have a fireplace? Well, you could make your own fireplace in your computer case.

This LCD screen with a computer behind it may not throw off much heat, but just the sight of it might help on a cold night. It’s better than nothing. And anyway it looks great. This thing is hot. Pun intended. The case was recently on display at the PDXLAN 16.5 event over in Portland.

DIY Star Trek sliding doors

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2010

Here’s something that we’ve all wanted to install in our homes. Now we know how to do it. I’m talking Star Trek doors baby! Instructables has posted a step-by-step guide on installing these sliding doors which are powered by an air compressor.

Of course they are super cool. It requires some work, but the results will have you strolling around your home like it’s a starship. The doors are controlled by a panel switch and have a key which can lock them open or shut.

iFan keeps your iPhone juiced using wind

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 3rd, 2010

We’ve seen our share of chargers for the iPhone, but the iFan is…different. It features a huge fan on top. The creator of this mod claims that it took him six hours to charge the phone, which probably is a little longer than most of us are willing to wait.

Still, if you are desperate for a charge and have lots of wind, it could come in handy. The designer thinks he can even reduce a few charging hours by redesigning the fan blades. Holding it out of a car window might help to.

Beer Keg PC Case Mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on November 22nd, 2010

This guy is doing it all wrong. We aren’t that impressed when someone takes a beer keg and turns it into a PC case. What this world really needs is the technology to turn old PC cases into full beer kegs. That would help the environment and give us more beer. More beer is always good.

But having said that, Ben Lzicar has turned an empty Anheuser-Busch keg into a PC case and it’s pretty cool. He powder-coated the keg with a beautiful shiny black finish, decked it out with chrome, and loaded it with bright blue LEDs. Of course, there is also a bottle opener.

3.5-inch floppy turned into a USB flash drive

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on November 15th, 2010

Remember when 3.5-inch floppy disks were cutting edge? They were tougher than their 5.25-inch predecessors and could hold more data. That was a long time ago. There isn’t much use for them nowadays. Or is there?

This 3.5-inch floppy disk looks normal on the outside, but inside, it holds a USB connector and flash memory. This hack requires a couple of disks that have been cut apart and stacked together, so that the connector can be placed inside.

Dell Streak SNES controller dock

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2010

Check out this Dell Streak with an SNES controller dock. The Dell Streak’s ability to work with standard USB keyboards also allows it to work with a modified SNES controller. We never thought we would see the day when these two gadgets combined.

The controller has basically been turned into a keyboard. This one comes from modder 0TheRain0. Yes, it is fully functional and totally awesome. This is the coolest mod we’ve seen in a while.

NES Light Gun iPhone Dock

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 26th, 2010

This looks like a light gun with a rear-view mirror attached, but it’s actually a NES light gun modded into an iPhone dock. We thought we had seen everything, but this is a new one. Though we can’t say we’re surprised. What did surprise us was the Christmassy background.

If you absolutely need an NES light gun iPhone Dock in your life, it will set you back $30. Not bad considering that you didn’t need to do the work.

Father and son build Samus arm cannon for Halloween

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2010

If you are looking to trick or treat as Samus from the Metroid game this year, you might want to pay attention to what this father and on team have created. 11-year old Joseph DeRose and his father have built Samus’ arm cannon. That’s the entire costume at the moment, but it’s an impressive arm cannon.

It features an array of LED lights with several settings, which is controlled by an Arduino. There’s also several sound effects from the Metroid games.

ArcadeDock turns your Lenovo laptop into a retro arcade cabinet

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

The ArcadeDock Laptop Dock is an awesome mod. It’s a half-height arcade machine, with retro art, the necessary joystick and large buttons and a secret place for a touchpad-equipped keyboard. Basically it is designed to hold an IdeaPad Y560, and when connected via USB, it functions just like any arcade cabinet.

Pretty awesome. Though it looks pretty uncomfortable to play. Still, it’s worth any back pain you might endure to play a lenovo Ideapad through a Street Fighter 4 emblazoned arcade cabinet.

Ben Heck turns Xbox 360 ‘Slim’ into a laptop

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2010

Ben Heck‘s latest creation may not look all that slim, but it is smaller than his 2009 version by 1.5-inches and an inch shorter. This latest version now has an internal power supply and is even quieter than before.

The system has the usual touch power and eject buttons and the display is a 17-inch Gateway LCD that manages a full 720p.

V8 Engine Computer Case Mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2010

If you are a car enthusiast and a PC user, then this is the perfect V8 engine/computer case for you. This thing is just awesome looking. This case mod has been created in the form of a traditional V8 engine with dual PC cases and engine components. One DVD drive is fitted into the air intake to complete the effect.

You can almost see it shaking with power. The creator did an amazing job.