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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.

GPS Puzzle Box will only open in a specific location

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on October 19th, 2009

GPS Puzzle Box will only opens in a specific locationSay you’re a bad guy. A villain. The Joker maybe. You want to taunt Batman, but you need a new gimmick. Aha. Tell Batboy that there’s a bomb in this GPS Puzzle Box that will go off in exactly one hour. But here’s the catch Batbrain, you can only disable it by opening the box. And the box will only open at a specific location. So after Batman gets the box and zips to the location in the nick of time, he’s able to open the box. Inside he finds not a bomb, but a pop-up Joker face. Meanwhile, you’ve been gassing Gotham city, which is now yours.

Well, you could use this Puzzle box like that. It was built as a wedding gift by Mikal Hart. It only opens when it’s in a specific location, and the puzzle involves discovering just where that location is. There’s a button and an LCD display on the lid. When you press the button, the display shows you how far, in kilometers, you are from the goal location. It doesn’t give you directions, so you need to triangulate and you can only press the button 50 times.

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.

10 Awesome Robot Halloween Pumpkins

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2009

Halloween PumpkinsHalloween is almost here and while we all have a healthy fear of witches,ghosts,monsters and zombies, it’s robots that we should really be afraid of. Robots are capable of killing every creature on that list and then turning on us.

That’s why I’m proposing that we phase out all of the old monster decorations and Jack-o-lantern faces and replace them with robots. If you don’t fear them now, you will wish you had feared them sooner one cool October night when a red-eyed robot TPs a house with your intestines.

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.

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.

Cassette Tape Measure for 80s DIY projects

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on October 5th, 2009

Cassette Tape Measure for 80s DIY projectsThis Cassette Tape Measure is pure 80s on the outside and pure measuring tape on the inside. It’s a product that’s funny and useful at the same time. How can you not buy one for $8? It’s labeled “Professional Sound”, while it very unprofessionally exclaims, “Pull me!”. Seems rude.

You can either buy this for $8 or try to make your own. Just make sure that if you do make your own, that you actually put a measuring tape inside. I made one once and forgot to do exactly that. The result was measurements like 1/4 of Night Ranger’s Sister Christian intro or 1/16 of Don’t fear the Reaper. And the tape took forever to wind back inside too.

Dremel unveils new 4000 rotary tool, modders rejoice

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on October 5th, 2009

Dremel unveils new 4000 rotary tool, modders rejoiceIf there is one tool that is the most valuable to modders, it’s the Dremel. It’s small and amazingly versatile and anyone can use it. Without the Dremel, we would not have half the mods that we see here day in and day out. Well, modders will be happy to know that Dremel has announced its latest rotary tool, the Dremel 4000.

The corded rotary tool is the company’s top-of-the-line version and will do all of the usual cutting, carving, engraving, routing, sanding, you name it. It features adjustable speeds from 5,000 to 35,000 rotations per minute. It’s also the only Dremel tool that is compatible with all Dremel accessories and attachments. That includes the MultiSaw and Planer attachments for the 400 Series XPR rotary tool. Modders everywhere are smiling.

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.