Archive for DIY

Create a Stained Glass curtain with old film slides

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

Finally here’s something that you can do with your old film slides that is actually very cool. It’s hard to stop looking at it. You could even get creative and use the colors of the slides to create stained glass type images.

You don’t need to use any heavy duty tools either. Basically you drill some holes in the slides using a Dremel and connect them all using aluminum chainmail rings. Sounds pretty simple right? And the end result sure is pretty.

God of War Kratos PC casemod

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

If this case mod’s looks could kill, then all of the gods would be slain with one quick glance. This Kratos God of War case mod means business. It’s easily one of the coolest and most unique that we’ve seen.

We have no idea what’s inside. Anyway with an exterior like that it hardly matters. Kratos just looks like he will start swinging blades immediately and slaying anyone nearby. The innards can be accessed by a hatch on his back. Very awesome.

Calculator Boy: A backwards mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2010

This modder is doing it all wrong. You are supposed to make something that looks like business, but is really a toy. Not something like looks like a toy, but is really all about business. But still, we can’t help but love this one. It’s a mod fit for math nerds and gaming geeks.

Most calculators are boring, but not this one. What we have here is a traditional calculator that looks like a Game Boy. How awesome is that? We love how it opens on the side. If only I could buy it.

Gameboy goes Steampunk

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

This just may be the most awesome Gameboy mod ever. The steampunk Game Boy. The ultimate in Victorian handheld gaming. Sure it looks awesome, but the modder also added a pro sound mod which increases the the output and changed the red LED light for an orange one.

It took only a week to complete the project, even though it looks like it took much longer. Awesome job. It looks like it was dug up from an archeological site.

Handheld wireless visual interface for PS3

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2009

Here’s an awesome DIY peripheral for the PS3 that you don’t see everyday. A handheld wireless visual interface made especially for Sony’s console. It works by sending controller commands from a 1.2GHz wireless transmitter to the PS3, while retrieving video signals from the console to the device at the same time.

It features a 5″ LCD display, a LED capacity meter, AV input, a headphone jack, USB connectivity and even a button for every DualShock command. I want one.

Xbox 360 laptop sports retro style

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2009

Xbox 360 laptop? Normally when you hear about such a thing you think Ben Heck. Amazingly enough, this is the work of someone else. It is the creation of CollinE from Ben’s forums.

We love the red and black color scheme and the giant X on the top lid. This 360 stays true to the original console in most respects, even the “wind tunnel” noise generated by Collin’s five fans. If you want to try your hand at this, a video tour of the hardware is available.

Coffeemaker, Mac mini and subwoofer gets shoved into an iMac DV case

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 26th, 2009

This is quite a site to behold. It’s a functional Mac mini, JBL Spot subwoofer and WMF1 coffeemaker shoved into a defunct iMac DV case. And it’s called the iMac CS. It’s bizarre, yet beautiful, like a gift from the Apple store in heaven. Klaus Diebel has done an amazing job.

Yes it’s a coffee-making media server with its own sound system. A custom version will cost you about €300 (or $431), but you can probably build your own for less money.

Christmas tree made from 1000 Heineken bottles

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

It’s really more of a pyramid and less of a tree, but I guess that’s what you can expect from all that drinking. Frankly I’m surprised there isn’t a guy passed out in the center. Or maybe there is. Maybe a few guys.

It actually comes from Shanghai, where someone went through the trouble of clearing these bottles from their backyard to make this Christmas tree. It’s outside the Nanjing mall and if you listen very closely you can hear the guys underneath scream for help between belches. The tree took hours to make and 1000 beer bottles.

New keyboard modded to look old

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2009

We have no idea why someone would mod a new wireless keyboard into the old looking one you see above. It must be a sickness or a dutch thing since this was created by a Dutch guy.

He took a Logitech Wireless Wii keyboard apart, mapped the key codes and did some soldering to make it all happen. But why? I guess I’m just not all that nostalgic about old keyboards. What do you guys think? Do you prefer this, or a new keyboard?

Game Boy hidden in a calculator

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 19th, 2009

Game Boy hidden in a calculatorThis is the best way to play video games while at school. Everyone thinks you are doing a complex math problem, but really you are getting your game on. The only problem is, you are going to be in trouble if you have an actual math problem to do.

This mod took it’s creator about 13 hours to complete, which is understandable. Most of that time was likely spent playing Mario games and Tetris. I hope the teacher doesn’t read this.

DIY Steampunk camera

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2009

DIY Steampunk cameraWhen the big name camera makers don’t offer any Steampunk cameras, what do you do? You build your own of course. That’s what this guy did. He built himself a homemade steampunk camera. And it’s more than just a digital camera with a brass case on it.

It’s completely homemade. Which is very impressive indeed. Aside from one obviously plastic piece. It must come in handy for snapping photos of all your handlebar-mustached relatives.

Morphius robot case mod

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

Morphius robot case modSupposedly this mod comes from creator Maciel Barreto, but I’m not convinced. Clearly this thing arrived from the future with a mission to kill us all. But if Maciel wants to be an accomplice, that’s on him. He’s not fooling us.

This is basically a battle damaged robot with a PC inside that took months to build. Every detail of MORPHIUS was hand-carved in clay to make a silicone mold. Then the final shell was made from fiberglass and resin. So he claims.

XBox Millennium Falcon mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2009

XBox Millennium Falcon modCheck out this XBox Millennium Falcon mod that looks like an Imperial version of the ship. You can make one too thanks to the complete instructions provided. It’s not an easy mod though. You’ll need to know how to grind with a dremel and solder and do some wiring.

But in the end you’ll get an XBox inside of a classic Kenner 1979 Millennium Falcon toy and all of that hard work will have payed off. Though I’m not sure there will be room for Han and Chewie any longer.

Pez Star Trek Figure Menorah

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

Pez Star Trek Figure MenorahThe crew of the starship Enterprise would like to wish you a happy Hanukkah! If you are celebrating the Festival of Lights, you are probably lighting your own menorah, but nothing as cool and geeky as this.

This my Jewish friends is a Star Trek Pez menorah, which boldly goes where no Menorah has gone before. The candles are actually LED lights. If you want to make one yourself it isn’t that hard.

DIY Batsignal

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

DIY BatsignalYou know I thought about making this DIY batsignal, but then decided against it. I mean, Batman is really good about showing up whenever you light this thing up, but then when you start talking and turn your back, he always disappears. That’s just not cool. In fact, it’s rude.

But if you don’t mind his disappearing act, you can try your hand at it. You can find all the details for this Batsignal projector at Thingiverse. If you want to call another hero, you can even switch out the stencils.