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Scare Trick-or-Treaters with a Rovin’ Pumpkin this Halloween

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 9th, 2009

Scare Trick-or-Treaters with a Rovin' Pumpkin this HalloweenSure, you could always pump out the sound effects, buy some crappy paper monster decorations and put out a bucket of dry ice, but that stuff isn’t scaring anyone these days. You know what’s scary? Moving pumpkins, that’s what.

I see a pumpkin moving on it’s own and I’m out of there, candy or no candy. The Rovin’ Pumpkin uses Lego and a motor to get around, and anyone standing on your porch will be scared when it starts coming toward them.

Project Cool Boombox PC case mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2009

Project Cool Boombox PC case modCheck out this totally funkadelic PC case mod that glows like a toxic night-lite. This one comes from modder JJ-Sky5000 and was created for a Coolermaster contest. The Project ‘Cool’ Boombox PC Case Mod. Cool doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Obviously the mod uses an old boombox from 1990s to great effect. I see some groovin’ dude carrying this thing on his shoulder, moving to the music as he strolls down post-apocalyptic streets in search of nothing more than good times.

Sega Dreamcast iPhone dock

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

http://www.iphonesavior.com/2009/10/sega-dreamcast-iphone-dock-is-out-of-control.htmlJay Hauf wanted a cool iPhone dock. What he had was his iPhone, a Sega Dreamcast controller and a dream. Ben Heck would be proud. Nice to see that the Dreamcast can still serve a purpose. Soon geeks everywhere will be following in his DIY footsteps as they recycle old console controllers.

What will the next iPhone dock be? A Gamecube controller? A dual-shock dock? We have no idea, but we salute you Jay. You went where no geek had gone before.

Ben Heck’s PS3 Slim laptop

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 1st, 2009

Ben Heck's PS3 Slim laptopOur favorite modder Ben Heck is at it again. The man never stops. I swear, he isn’t human. He just keeps churning out masterpieces. This time, it’s a sleek pin-striped laptop based on the new PS3 Slim that looks retro. Just like his Xbox 360 laptop, this one has a 17-inch Gateway 1775W screen at 1280 x 720 resolution.

Some other features include a storage space for the power cord, Blu-ray drive, and even an Iron Man Arc reactor-inspired fan grill. It could have been even smaller, but he wanted the 17-inch display.

Pyramid HTPC casemod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on September 16th, 2009

Pyramid HTPC casemodRemember that cool Pyramid PC we showed you in March? Well, here’s a new version, which is much cooler. It was created my Modder Gup, who has a great eye for ancient detail.

If you see some Stargate in it you are absolutely right. Gup’s Pyramid HTPC casemod was inspired by Stargate and features a moving side panel and built in lights which can all be operated by remote control. Inside the Pyramid you won’t find mummies, but you will find an Intel T7200 Core 2 Duo processor, Mini-Itx Crommel LV-677 motherboard, 2GB of DDR2 Ram and a 160GB hard drive, plus a Gforce 9400GT graphics card. Check out a video below.

iMac Hamster Cage on Ebay

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

iMac Hamster Cage on EbayThis is as good a use as we’ve ever seen for an old iMac. Basically somebody just gutted the monitor and created a new home for their pet. Somehow he managed to completely gut it without cracking the thing.

If you want your own hamster living in luxury, this original blue iMac cage is available on Ebay. It can be yours for $350. Great way to force your hamster into Apple loyalty.

Swiveling DIY Lego iPhone dock

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

Swiveling DIY Lego iPhone dockThe iPhone’s display is capable of switching automatically from portrait to landscape mode when you rotate it. So you should have a dock that allows you to view it either way. Sadly most docks are oriented for the vertical portrait mode.

Not this one made by Steven Combs. Steven can go both ways. Rather, his iPhone can. This dock lets him rotate his iPhone and better still, it’s made from gray, black, and white Legos. Instead of buying an expensive rotating dock, why not just do what Steve did?

PC stove looks hot, doesn’t cook

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

PC stove looks hot, doesn't cookWe aren’t sure why anyone would make a computer that looks like a stove. Maybe they had fond memories of their ez-bake oven. This one comes from a Czech modder, who probably has it displayed in his kitchen.

The Project MiniCooker PC is a nice mod though and looks very convincingly like a real stove. It even has LED “gas burners” to complete the effect.

External hard drives in NES cartridges

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

External hard drives in NES cartridgesWe all love the old NES cartridges. They bring back memories of hours of fun playing the old console. So we love any excuse to have them back in our lives today. Like with these NES cartridge hard drives.

Etsy seller 8-Bit Memory takes old NES cartridges, stuffs a hard drive inside and just like that Mario is holding your data. It will cost you $120 for 250GB, but he will gladly make any size for you and with any cartridge. For an extra fee of course.

A book with a Flatbed Scanner inside

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

A book with a Flatbed Scanner insideBooks. Who needs ‘em in the age of the Kindle? You may as well do something with these relics right? Maybe put a flatbed scanner inside of one for instance. That’s what datamancer did. It’s much cooler than your boring grey scanner or the one attached to your printer.

You can now copy pages from within a book itself. I think the world just imploded and created a separate reality that seems no different, yet is.

Steampunk Phone comes from Russia with love

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

Steampunk Phone comes from Russia with loveWe’ve seen our share of steampunk round these parts. I’m not sure if we’ve ever seen an actual steampunk phone though. Check this beauty out. If I didn’t know this was a phone, I might think it was some kind of miniature sub looking at it from the back.

It hails from Russia, and is loaded with all kinds of Steampunk goodness. Look at all of that detail in front. It’s as if Jules Verne took up Steve Jobs’ role a few centuries early. There isn’t much info on it, but the picture speaks loud and clear.

Skull mouse is the creepiest steampunk mouse ever

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

Skull mouse is the creepiest steampunk mouse everUsually I see a good steampunk designed gadget and I want it. On this one I think I’ll pass. But if you are a member of the Addams family or the Munsters, this may be your ideal point and click device. Even the mouse made from real mouse parts wasn’t this creepy.

This morbid monstrosity of a mouse was created by steampunk artist Ivan Mavrovic. On his site, he says, “”the sheep dyed naturall death”. Well that may be somewhat comforting for the sheep, I don’t want to push this one around all day. Makes me feel sheepish.

Doom 3 PC case mod

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

Doom 3 PC case mod Here’s a nasty looking PC case mod. I don’t know whether to admire it or run in fear while I still have my limbs. Apparently it was created by a Russian modder who was inspired by Doom 3. You have to love the detail work, right down to the blood on the chainsaw.

It’s much more than just Doom 3-style yellow paint on the exterior. Inside you’ll find an AMD64 Sempron 2600 + CPU, Geforce 6600GT graphics card and ASRock K8NF4G-SATA2 drive. Not that you can take your eyes off of the chainsaw.

Red Xbox 360 case mod looks hot

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 21st, 2009

Red Xbox 360 case mod looks hotThis suped-up red Xbox 360 looks like a hot rod. There isn’t much info about it, but the bright red case and the two canisters on the side make the console look like it is about to take off. Looks like it has some cooling pipes too, that might separate during takeoff.

The fire engine red color just adds to the cool factor and I almost want to see flames painted on it. Or a fire hose attached. One thing is for sure, it is pretty.

Wiipod Wiimote mp3 player

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2009

Wiipod Wiimote mp3 playerThis is a pretty cool idea. I wish I had thought of it. Modder goteking has turned a Wii remote into a music player. I never ever thought that I would see a Wiimote with headphones.

Under the hood is an iPod shuffle. Well, a fake iPod shuffle that has also been modified. It’s not often that we see a mod within a mod. It blows our minds. But mostly we just love how a Wiimote looks with headphones.