USB Bell Dings When You get Mail

Posted in USB by Reuben Drake on July 25th, 2011

The bell has now been merged with your computer via USB. Instead of computer generated dings to tell you when you have new email, this bell will ding to let you know. This would probably get old after a while, but at least you will know when you have mail.

The USB bell uses an electromagnet to activate the bells sound. It’s easy to build, you just need a few parts and then you’ll have to do some soldering.

Android trash can robot

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2011

We aren’t sure what it is about the Android robot, but he’s just so adorable. Even as a trash can. You could probably build your own if you have a spare trash can. This one was made by a Taiwanese guy who loves Android.

It has LED eyes, movable “arms” and “legs” and you can control it with a remote, and rotate the joystick to spin it 360 degrees. Hopefully we won’t see an army of these on our streets anytime soon.

Travel in comfort with the Sofa Bike

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on June 13th, 2011

Sofa transport. That’s what we’ve been waiting for. The Sofa Bike is the creation of Jacek Holubowicz and was recently displayed at the International Design Festival in Berlin. It has two separate 8 gear hubs, hydraulic brakes which are operated by the front handlebar and dynamic chain steering.

We want one. It would get us off the couch- Wait, no. It also has a built in stereo, a 17 mAh battery, and a convertible roof that can be folded down.

So this is where bad SNES games go to die

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2011


If a game stinks, or games in this case, why not take a wizz on it/them. That must be the thinking behind this unique urinal. As a gamer I couldn’t agree more. And we should save the really horrible games for dropping a deuce on.

Anyway, if you want to make one of these for yourself it isn’t as easy as it looks. You will need sealant, a bunch of gaming cartridges, and a valve just to name a few items. Oh and a strong desire to spray instead of play these games.

World’s largest NES Controller actually works, if you are a giant

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2011

Humans love to make things bigger and better. Sometimes we make things too big for our own good. Like this giant NES controller that actually works. The only problem is that you need several people to reach all of the buttons, so any game you play will be over quickly.

This one comes from a student at Dutch University, who is responsible for the creation of this monstrous controller. It is now the world’s biggest NES controller, having outdone all others. This Nintendo controller is 30 times larger than the original remote. Players stand on the buttons to activate them. It’s 12 x 5 feet.

Liquid-cooled Wii mod is crazy

Posted in Wii by Reuben Drake on April 6th, 2011

Out of all of the powerful systems they could have used for this mod, they chose the underpowered Wii. I guess there’s no accounting for taste. Still, it is an awesome mod. It is built from steel and cooled by two liquid-filled containers that look like they should be bubbling and feeding life into a mutant organism.

It is the work of Bit-tech forum member Angel OD and it’s called the “UNLimited Edition” project. He started this baby back in December, 2009 and just recently finished it. So as you can see, it took a Wii bit of time.

GameBoy resurrected from the dead, with the power of the sun

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on April 5th, 2011

When is a dead Gameboy not a dead Gameboy? When this guy gets hold of it. Andrew had a damaged GameBoy and much like Dr, Frankenstein, he didn’t just give up. He laid his monster on a table one dark and stormy night, opened a solar powered garden lamp and used the photovoltaic cells on the GameBoy.

The storm subsided and the clouds parted. This was followed by shouts of “It’s alive!” The GameBoy now soaks up the sun’s rays and stays on forever, without running out of energy, as long as the sun shines. It uses two AA rechargeable batteries that store all the energy it gets from the sun.

Legotron Medium Format Camera

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on April 4th, 2011

Cary Norton has been working on and has now completed a Lego camera called the ‘Legotron’. Yes, it is made with Legos as the name implies. He created a few prototypes first and soon after, the Lego Legotron was born.

The camera measures 7″ x 6.5″ x 7″ and features a 127mm ƒ4.7. The focus comes from sliding the internal box section back and forth with a focus range of about 3 feet to 18 inches. He’s already planning the next model and hopes to produce plans using the Lego modeling app. It looks awesome.

Remote Controlled “Tupperware Turret”

Posted in DIY by Reuben Drake on April 1st, 2011

Need a turret, but don’t exactly have the materials to armor it and make it tough? Well, just cram a PIC microcontroller, servo, IR receiver, and a sawed-off Airsoft gun into some Tupperware and you are good to go.

This “Tupperware Turret Airsoft Gun“ will deliver a Tupperware party like your mother has never seen. It makes a great non-lethal remote sentry device for your home. It comes from the mind of Chris over at PyroElectro.

The iPad 2′s camera can now see through clothes

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2011


We knew this day would come eventually and here it is. The iPad 2 can help you see through clothes. Jason Bradbury accomplishes this using a pair of cheap night vision goggles, cling wrap, and an iPad 2′s camera. The man is obviously a genius.

He then takes a photo of himself through his clothes. And it works. Crave gives this as an explanation: “The idea is based on an inadvertent side effect that some camcorders with low-light functions experienced about a decade ago. The cameras worked by emitting infrared light via special LEDs. The camera, when in “night vision” mode, would then record video in infrared instead of visible light. Some cameras, though, generated an “X-ray effect,” allowing the viewer to see through the clothes of the person being videotaped.”

The machete slingshot

Posted in Weapons by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2011


Do you like your weapons dangerous and crazy? Want a weapon that is just as likely to hurt you as someone else? Well, here ya go. This machete-shooting slingshot is crazy. This crossbow/slingshot hybrid is designed to fire a machete at a high rate of speed at any target you want.

You just know it will backfire and stick through this guys head at some point, but what the hell. No one is going to mess with you when you have this thing ready to go. You’ll shoot your eye out kid!

PC Guitar mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2011

Remember that Atari in a guitar hero guitar that I made awhile back? Well, here someone has crammed a full PC inside of an actual guitar. This mod comes from Journaldugeek user Joss.

Joss squeezed in a Intel Quad Core Q6700, Asus motherboard, 4 Gigs of RAM, 80GB raid, a MSI 8800 GTX graphics card and a 650W PSU Thermaltake Blue Evo power supply in a low range Ibiza guitar. Playing PC games on this thing would be very fun.

Ben Heck Builds 1970s Atari-Style Xbox 360

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2011

Ben Heck, the man behind thousands of awesome mods is back. This time it’s an old school 1977 Atari merged with the Xbox 360 in a laptop kind of deal. This custom mod looks just like Atari would have made the device had they been capable.

It will handle all of the newest games and the old, including Yar’s Revenge and Star Raiders. In his latest show, he takes viewers through the entire build process. The final build is a thing of geek beauty. He has done it yet again.

NES Cartridge Flash Drive with Console USB Port

Posted in DIY by Reuben Drake on March 9th, 2011

We’ve seen the NES modded into many different things and we’ve seen even seen NES cartridges used as cases for external hard drives, but this mod is ridiculous and awesome at the same time. Ed Lewis created this NES cartridge flash drive with a NES console USB port. That’s right, there’s only one USB connector inside that console.

To make one yourself, all you need to do is open up the cartridge, take out the board and make a gap for a flash drive, then glue it inside. Then open up the console, cut a hole in the middle of the cartridge connector for the flash drive to slide in, and another hole at the back of the console for a USB cable.

NES modded into a breathalyzer

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2011

If you have some spare time on your hands, why not turn your Nintendo Entertainment System into a breathalyzer called DrunkenNES? That’s what this Engineer did. He turned an NES cartridge into a working breathalyzer unit, and coded a program on the NES to calculate the readings from the controller.

Now everyone will know just how buzzed you are as you try to rescue Peach from Bowser’s clutches. As a bonus, after analyzing the breath of a “player”, they get a score and a rating such as “Buzzy Bee” or “Party Kitten” to show how drunk they are. An “Alco-hall of fame” also ranks you like a hi-score chart. Sounds like a wild mod.