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Chumby goes old time with the Chumbophone

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

Chumby goes old time with the ChumbophoneWe all know how versatile Chumby is. This old time gadget above was created with a set of Chumby Guts, an old clock and some brass horns, along with a Dremel by Etsy member AbrahamBook.

It’s a WiFi-enabled Chumby lovingly shoved into a vintage steampunk-styled enclosure. We’re guessing that the Chumbophone doesn’t actually make calls using the horns, but we still dig it. What do you think? Ready to hit the antique store and start modding?

Convert your AC outlet into a USB outlet

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 3rd, 2009

Convert your AC outlet into a USB outletWant to update the outlets in your home to accommodate your USB gadgets and do some wall charging? All you need is about 30 minutes and a $10 budget according to this instructable. The project involves just taking two cheap USB chargers, stripping them of their casing and then putting them behind a normal outlet plate.

Cut some USB slots in a regular blanking plate, then do some light electrical work to hook the whole thing up to your power. If you charge a ton of gadgets, this could be pretty handy.

NES cartridge iPhone dock

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

NES cartridge iPhone dockWe all love NES cartridge mods. But here’s the thing. When it looks like a third grader did it, we aren’t really interested. A good mod looks like something that you could potentially buy and something that maybe you can’t do yourself. Sorry, but this misses the mark.

That Duck Hunt cart died for this? This is less of a mod and more of a cut hole and insert cable project. Plus it’s ugly. I don’t mean to be a downer, but this is the red-headed step child of mods right here.

Sega Mega Drive iPhone dock

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

Sega Mega Drive iPhone dockNaturally whenever you look at your old video game consoles, you think iPhone dock. Who doesn’t? Wired’s Charlie Sorrel certainly thinks that way. He found an old Sega Mega Drive without any controllers or wires, so he turned it into an iPod dock. Naturally.

And yes it works. He just slid an iPod dock inside, secured it with gaffer tape and ran the USB cable out of a hole. Easy stuff. We like the way Charlie thinks. Just don’t let him near your stuff. Seriously. Not unless you want an iPhone sticking out of it.

NVIDIA ION Cube PC mod

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

NVIDIA ION Cube PC modIs it a weapon? A PC from the future? The allspark? A cyborg heart from the year 2037? It’s actually BIll Owens’ award-winning NVIDIA ION Cube PC case mod, based on NVIDIA’s ION ITX motherboard. The aluminum case has UV green acrylic sheets, lit up with 4 cathode lights, and then placed on pedestal, where it rotates a full 360°.

The PC also features an x64 SSD by Corsair, 4GB RAM, and a 90-watt pico power supply, along with Windows Vista Premium, and an LG GH22 DVD Writer drive.

Make a Bluetooth Star Trek Communicator

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

Make a Bluetooth Star Trek CommunicatorIt’s the perfect weekend to build your very own Bluetooth Star Trek communicator, so you can stay in touch with the folks on the Enterprise. You don’t want to get stranded on a foreign planet do you? This project will take a little skill, so just be aware that you’ll have to cut a circuit-board, drill some holes, add a serial port, a Bluetooth module, and a microcontroller.

However, when it’s done you’ll be placing and answering calls the same way James Tiberius Kirk does. If you want to give it a go hit the link to get full step-by-step instructions.

DIY wrist mounted flamethrower

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2009


None of us were born with mutant powers. Unless you consider spending way too much money on Star Wars merchandise a mutant power anyway. So if we want X-men like powers we have to go the DIY route.

That’s what this dude did. He created a DIY wrist mounted flamethrower in order to live out his mutant fantasies. We’ve seen this guy before, but he has refined his creation. Somehow large breasted X-babes still elude him for some reason.

Log Radio is what it sounds like

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 18th, 2009

Log Radio is what it sounds likeLooking for a radio that both Ewoks and hippies can endorse? Here it is. The Log Radio. A wooden wonder device that looks like the escape pod that R2-D2 and C-3PO took to Tatooine. It’s from designers Solène Le Goff and Christophe Gouache.

The radio is powered by solar or wind-up. It should work for a good long time until Squirrels start living inside or your senile dad chops it in half for the fireplace.

Sega Saturn Joystick transforms into an insect

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

Sega Saturn Joystick transforms into an insectThis Sega Saturn joystick has two identities. One is a mild mannered joystick, the other is a killer Insecticon. It also goes by “Robo-Space-Bug,” according to its creator, James Ian Killinger. Apparently Killinger didn’t have to completely re-engineer the joystick to make it transform.

It has all of the original components and three extra screws. That’s it, just three extra screws. One wonders what he could do with four extra screws. Or five. The man is clearly a genius and it’s clear that we have been taking screws for granted.

Steampunk Urinal

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


Sometimes Steampunk goes too far. Cakes, flash drives and clocks are all well and good but with the arrival of a Steampunk urinal, it seems like this genre has officially jumped the shark.

Technically it’s called the TeslaPunk Urinal. A hand-made solid oak tank with a battery powered flush pump, laser aiming assist, lights, antique gauges, flush capacitor, and cup holder. Yeah, what else can you say about this thing. I think it’s time that we changed the way we use the word Steampunk.

Fully functional NES guitar

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


Console guitars have been around for awhile, but this one is a real gem. This NES guitar even has the headstock replaced with a cartridge. Though it looks like it would break super easy.

Bust out the old NES guitar and it’s an instant Mario Party. You can play Yoshi’s greatest hits. Flipping open the cartridge slot reveals the standard guitar knobs and the AV out and power ports have been converted accordingly. Super awesome and rocking custom mod.

Dell Mini 9 Netbook converted into an Internet Tablet

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

Dell Mini 9 Netbook converted into an Internet TabletTurns out that the Dell Mini 9 can be modded into a sexy looking internet tablet. Who is responsible for this? A dude named Rob, who is a MyDellMini forum member. He turned his Del Vostro A9, which is a business version of the Mini 9, into a Windows 7 touchscreen.

This bad boy holds a 16GB SSD, WiFi, Bluetooth, 1GB of RAM and an Intel Atom N270 processor. Rob has further plans for it, like adding an accelerometer to automatically adjust the screen orientation and a small USB fan for temperature control.

Pedal-powered OLPC XO laptop

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

Pedal-powered OLPC XO laptopNormally the OLPC XO laptop doesn’t have much power, so why not put some pedal power into it? That’s what OLPC Afghanistan has done with this prototype. It connects a hand crank to a pedal, allowing you to get some exercise and get some work done on the computer at the same time.

It may seem like it would be a nightmare to use, but for those living in that part of the world, it’s an amazingly useful alternative to frequent power outages.

Tiny living room inside a PC

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

Tiny living room inside a PC Take a look at the pic above. That’s a livingroom inside of a PC. I knew tiny people were living in our PCs, but this is the proof I have been waiting for. But who lives there? How long have they been in residence? Should we be charging them rent? Are they affecting performance? So many questions.

They’ve been in this PC for a while as evidenced by the Cracker Jacks on the table and the tiny copy of the New York Times. They’ve even matched the furniture with the red motherboard.

NES Emulator Cartridge casemod

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

NES Emulator Cartridge casemodA complete NES in a cartridge. This NES cartridge casemod holds a complete library of NES games, uses the original buttons, resides inside the Super Mario/Duck Hunt combo cartridge. Awesomeness? I think so.

But that isn’t all it does. It’s also an mp3 player, movie player and an FM radio receiver. It also features video out so that you can play on the big screen if you want. If only the NES had been this small originally.