Archive for DIY

DIY iPhone 4 case made from a $1 bracelet

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on July 1st, 2010

It sucks laying out more money for iPhone accessories. When is enough enough? All of that money adds up. So how do you make a super cheap case and save some dough? Well, Oliver Nelson has used a rubber wristband to act as a bumper on his phone.

They are apparently an almost perfect fit when stretched around the 4′s antennae. A 1.125-inch long by 0.125-inch wide incision (into the unstretched band) is necessary to keep the 30-pin port and speakers open, but otherwise it’s pretty easy and dirt cheap too.

Portable Atari console the size of a Gameboy

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

We love us some good old fashioned Atari mods around here and this is maybe the neatest we’ve seen in some time. This portable Atari is small enough to pass itself off as a Gameboy.

The core system is an Atari Flashback 2, an embedded system with a few built-in games. But without the cartridge slot it wouldn’t be the mod it is, allowing the owner to play any game he wants. Not sure about the color though. An Atari mod should be wood grain.

Heineken lets you customize your own beer bottle

Posted in Designs,DIY by Shane McGlaun on June 14th, 2010

Heineken is known for its beer and the iconic green bottles the beer come sin. If you are tired of that green bottle and want something, a little more personalized the beer company is now offering customized bottles.

You can go the Heineken website and for about $38, you can order your own custom six-pack of beer. That’s expensive, but it would be a great gift for the beer lover you know.

Mac classic makes a good dock for the ipad

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on June 10th, 2010

This is a cool mod with a retro twist. A Japanese modder took an old Macintosh classic and turned it into an awesome iPad docking station. It’s a simple idea that is executed perfectly.

The iPad screen fits nicely inside the old monitor frame of the Mac Classic and just like that you have the best of the old and new. We love this kind of creativity. Awesome job.

iPod nano gets modded to play inside 8-track player

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

It’s been some time since we’ve used 8-Tracks. Here’s something that can hopefully make them cool again. This modder has made a Beach Boys deck connect to his iPod nano, complete with a headphone socket and USB port on the front for portability and charging.

When you plug it in, the 8-track transfers iPod signals into the source for plug-and-play awesomeness. So now you have an 8-track that holds 500 songs. Your daddy’s eight track didn’t do that.

Glow In The Dark Tron NES case mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2010

We love a good console mod around here and this amazing NES console mod by Thretris is a good example. It’s a Tron inspired glow-in-the-dark Nintendo Entertainment System complete with an upgraded stereo sound system and detailing to replicate the Tron look.

The whole thing glows under black light very brightly and charges to then glow without blacklight , but softer. You can actually own this one if you want it, for $250 and it comes with the original power adaptor, RF switch, and controller.

Dreamcast Boombox casemod crams one classic into another

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2010

Turn that trash down! But dad I’m just playing video games. On my boombox. Modder XCKDIY has created the awesomely retro Dreamcast Boombox casemod. The Dreamcast console has been jammed into a portable boombox, and he installed a front-facing LCD as well.

The Dreamcast’s drive has even been integrated into the player’s original drive tray, keeping it all authentic. The four controller ports are in the front, so you can easily hook up your controllers for some multiplayer gaming.

iPhone case is perfect for Dirty Harry fans

Posted in DIY by Shane McGlaun on May 31st, 2010

When I was a kid, you could play with toy guns anywhere you wanted that looked just like the real things. My friends and I spent many a day playing cops and robbers around the neighborhood without even thinking the toy guns were dangerous. Today toy guns can get you shot by police with a real gun if you aren’t careful.

A designer at Thingiverse going by juniortran has offered up the files and plans needed to build yourself a iPhone case that looks like a Ruger LCR Revolver. To make your own you will need access to a 3D printer though, which most of us don’t have lying around the house.

Printed Circuit Board business card

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2010

Behold one of the coolest business cards ever. Ramiro Pareja Veredas created this business card constructed from an actual Printed Circuit Board complete with working electronics. His information has been etched on the board and the card also comes with breakaway corners that make it double as a USB flash drive.

It only holds 24KB of memory which should be enough for a resume or cover letter. Produced in small batches, the cards cost about 5 euros a piece. Pretty awesome way to land a job.

ArduIMU quadcopter has sonar and avoids obstacles

Posted in DIY by Shane McGlaun on May 24th, 2010

That ARdrone flying copter thing that is controlled by the iPhone is cool and all, but some folks want to roll their own. A designer named Jose Julio has accomplished the feat.

Juilo has added some very cool features to his quadcopter that the ARdrone lacks. The ArduIMU quadcopter has infrared and ultrasonic sensors to allow it to detect obstacles and fly around them.

Projector gets strapped to a Wii-gun

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 13th, 2010

Man, try not to get sick watching the video below. This projector strapped to a Wii-gun is pretty damn cool. It comes from Nirav Patel, who decided to take first-person shooting to the next level. He has combined a Wiimote Zapper, a handheld ShowWX laser projector and a gyrometer to display a screen wherever the Zapper is pointing.

Patel calls it a “glasses-free virtual reality first-person shooter,”. With it, he can look around and navigate the game-world just by moving the Zapper and using its joystick. Right now the game is running off of Patel’s laptop, with his controller tethered to it. Oh and he’s wearing the laptop on his back. I would love to see where else he can take this.

Nintendo Home Theater PC casemod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2010

What would a HTPC have looked like circa 1985 if Nintendo had made one? You’re looking at it. If you have a spare NES system at home, why not make one yourself? That’s what this person on Etsy has done. This mod uses a Zotac motherboard, dual-core 1.66GHz Intel Atom N330, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and 2GB RAM stuffed into the original NES casing.

That’s a whole lot more powerful than the original NES system. There’s also an Ethernet port, Wi-Fi b/g/n and a 4GB flash drive with Ubuntu 9.10 installed.

The Smartphone Guitar

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


This guy created a music app and installed it on multiple Android and WinMo phones, and even an iPod Touch. Then taped them together to make a bizarre looking guitar, on which he can play Cracklin’ Rose.

It wasn’t easy. He ended up writing it three times: in java for android, in C# for windows mobile and in Objective-C for iPhone. To play them all at once, he just taped them on a piece of wood together with a battery powered speaker, then added lots of audio cables.

DIY UFO lamps are sweet

Posted in DIY by Shane McGlaun on May 7th, 2010

We have seen UFO abduction lamps before that are made by some company overseas. That cartoonish store bought lamp has nothing on these DIY offerings that Jason Dietz made on his own.

I am going to say these are the most awesome lamps in the history of lights. They stand 5’5″ tall and are made from some sort of recycled glass tube. The other parts in the build are light diffusers, LEDs, halogen lights, CFLs, and acrylic rings.

Make your own MicroSIM card

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

If you have an iPad 3G and have a SIM card that you want to cut down to a MicroSIM card, you can do just that. Apparently all you need to convert the iPad 3G to U.K. cellular standards is a meat clever. You can also use scissors.

This U.K. resident was faced with a disparity in SIM cards once he received his iPad from foreign shores: “This morning, my shiny new iPad 3G 64Gb arrived from the USA! The only problem was, it had an AT&T MicroSIM and as yet there is no such thing in the UK.”