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.

Amazing handmade Xbox 360 iPhone case

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2009

Amazing handmade Xbox 360 iPhone caseAww. Look at this cute and cuddly Xbox 360 case. It looks so soft and adorable. iPhone cases come and go, but this one has won our hearts and has us making baby noises as we give it a tickle and a pinch.

It includes a key chain controller that compliments it perfectly. Both the case and the key chain will cost you a cool $45. Subtract $10 if you don’t want the controller key chain. Excuse us while we go all goo-goo and ga-ga over this thing and try to decide on a name.

Space Foosball turns Foosball into a video game

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on September 22nd, 2009

Space Foosball turns Foosball into a video gameWe’ve seen some crazy Foosball tables, but nothing like this one. It’s clearly from the future and it’s name is Space Foosball. Basically they’ve turned foosball into a tabletop video game.

Sure it takes some of the fun out of it. No spinning paddles that kick a real ball around the table. But think about it. The players can now be anything. Donkey Kong Vs. Mario, Space Invaders… The possibilities are endless.

R2-D2 Gaming Rig holds 8 game consoles and a projector

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2009

R2-D2 Gaming Rig holds 8 game consoles and a projectorThis R2-D2 may be the best mod ever. It was created by Popular Science reader Brian De Vitis and holds not one, not two, but eight consoles, a sound system, and a projector. You had me at eight consoles R2. This all started with an R2-D2 shaped cooler that he modified.

Then the consoles were gutted to rearrange the controllers inside so all the ports could face in the proper direction. He still had enough space inside for a projector and a sound system. This man is my new hero.

Mail E: Papercraft Wall-E checks your email

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on September 17th, 2009

Mail E: Papercraft Wall-E checks your emailWe don’t know why this guy needs a papercraft Wall E on his desk to let him know when he gets an email, but we approve wholeheartedly. This papercrafted “Mail E” is actuated by three 9g mini-servos and controlled by a SD21 servo driver and a picaxe 18x.

The head and hand move to alert you and if he can add wireless connectivity, he’ll let it move of the desk and have Wall E make certain gestures to mimic the kind of email that he has received. Pretty cool. Check out a video below.

The most realistic Wall-E case mod

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

The most realistic Wall-E case modWe’ve seen our share of Wall-E case mods, but this one is so detailed that it looks authentic. The attention to detail is the best that we’ve seen. If Wall-E really existed, this is what he would look like, with just the right amount of dirt and wear.

This one comes courtesy of César S..’s photostream on flickr. It looks as real as a computer generated Pixar robot can be. Awesome stuff. Now he just needs to make a few more characters and he can film his own movie.

[Botropolis]

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.

Steampunk Nixie Clock

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on September 14th, 2009

Steampunk Nixie ClockSometimes Steampunk falls flat if the details aren’t there. But this Nixie clock looks awesome. It’s the work of UK artist Kev Stenning.

It’s made from Pyrex glass, solid copper and brass machined parts and it features six IN-18 Nixie Tubes. It would look equally at home in this century or the last. The Steampunk Nixie Clock will be available in a limited run of just 10 clocks.

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?

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on September 11th, 2009

Botropolis: This week in robotsIf you are reading this then I have to assume that robots have not killed you yet. Let’s all take a moment to thank our maker that we haven’t yet been crushed by a robot arm or shot by one of DARPAs mutant creations. Thank god a garment folding bot didn’t fold your shirt with YOU in it. Yes, we are all very lucky to be alive. Make the most of it meatbags. It can’t last forever. It’s time to take a look at some of the robot news we covered this week over at Botropolis.

DIY Robot Mask: With iPhone Display.

God Hands: This can’t lead to anything good.

Guy builds Master-Slave Suit: Enslave them before they enslave us.

Brick Pic: Starfleet on a budget

Posted in Brick Pic by Conner Flynn on September 9th, 2009

Brick Pic: Starfleet on a budgetThis is what happens when the economy tanks. Nerds who can no longer afford models of the U.S.S. Enterprise are forced to make them out of cardboard and bud light cans and dress up their dog in it.

Coming this Halloween to a town near you: A rotund tin-foil Borg ship with legs and a head towing the Enterprise behind. An Enterprise that lifts it’s leg to phaser trees and drops photon torpedoes on your lawn.

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.

Alien USB drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on September 8th, 2009

Alien USB driveThis Alien USB Drive made by Etsy seller MikaEle is hand carved from wood. We love the detail, especially the realistic looking fangs. The USB connection slides in and out with the push of a button so you can display him when not in use.

It comes with 4GB of storage space. If you want it you better be quick, it’s one of a kind, which is why it’s priced at $155 over at MikaEle’s Shop on Etsy. Sure, that’s a lot of dough, but we’re talking an Alien head here.

PlayStation 3 cake is not slim, tastes delicious

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2009

PlayStation 3 cake is not slim, tastes deliciousForget the PS3 Slim. This is the kind of PS3 you want. The only game it plays involves you shoveling cake into your mouth as fast as you can.

The controllers are made from rice crispy treats, so forget mashing buttons, you’ll be mashing your teeth into them like a madman as you slide ever closer to a diabetic coma. And even though this confectionery console may not have a slew of worthwhile games at the moment, the ones it does have are delicious.