Four-legged spider bot controlled using Wii Nunchucks

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

Four-legged spider bot controlled using Wii NunchucksYou know what we need more of? Spider bots. Even if they are four legs short of a full spider. What you see here is a walking machine using only four legs. And we have to say it’s walking is impressive. Should you flip it over, it’s no problem. The legs simply reverse and it walks upside down.

It’s an entertaining little bot to watch. Just beware, if you want to build one, it’s expensive, costing around $1000. The coolest feature though, is that it’s controlled with two sets of modified Wii Nunchucks.

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.

$3,000 Steampunk USB flash drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2009

$3,000 Steampunk USB flash driveWe love Steampunk around here. We’ve certainly featured our share of steampunk gadgets. And this USB drive is another pretty nice example of the art form, but it’s insanely priced at $3000. I would pay maybe $100 for this flash drive. Maybe $300 if I had some disposable money.

It has some great detail work and looks pretty awesome, so it’s a shame that it’s priced so high that no one will own it. Could be a typo, but somehow I doubt it. Now the Steampunk phone from Russia. That I could pay handsomely for.

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.

Nuts and Bolts iPhone stand

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

Nuts and Bolts iPhone standWe’ve seen our share of custom iPhone docks, but this one takes a minimalist engineering approach. The Nuts and Bolts dock is built from… Well, nuts and a large bolt. The connector is attached to a piece of perspex which holds the iPhone in place.

It was created by one Frederick P Weller and we have to reluctantly admit that we like his approach. Very machine age and industrial looking. And obviously easy to make should you want to try your hand at it. Assuming you have the nuts to pull it off. Oh and the long bolt.

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.

Atari 2600 console mod with built in screen

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

Atari 2600 console mod with built in screenSure we’ve seen all kinds of mods where they toss the Atari 2600′s case and hack them into a proper portable, but what if you want to keep the aesthetics of the console intact? You put a 5″ LCD screen and the joystick controls right on the console itself of course.

This one goes by the “Stella-Tubby v1.0″ moniker. And it can actually be yours since it’s on Ebay. It even runs on a pair 9V batteries so it is portable. Kind of. Think of it as an Atari tablet.

Cute Robot reacts to your friends’ tweets

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on August 13th, 2009

Cute Robot reacts to your friends' tweetsWhat could be better than getting robots to interpret the world of social networking for us? Why should we do all the work? That’s what robots are for. This cute little guy just sits on your desk and while he may not reply to your tweets, he understands the emotions of your friend’s tweets and whether they are happy or sad.

If he finds a “happy” tweet, the Guardian Robot raises its head and arm in triumph. It holds the pose until you give it a “high five”. (By hitting the switch in its hand.) Then the robot passes the high five on to your buddy via a reply Tweet.

Modder hacks PSP for DualShock 2 control

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

Modder hacks PSP for DualShock 2 controlAs far as DIY projects go, we never thought we would see a DualShock 2 controller hooked up to a PSP, but here it is, proving that if you can think it up, it will happen. It allows one to control Sony’s portable console from a distance, or at least from as far as the cable (Or your eyesight) permits.

What’s neat here is that this is a 100% detachable solution. It’s the work of a French modder by the name of Flasheur, who refuses to be told how and with what controller he can play by the likes of Sony.

Donkey Kong shelves put the game on the wall

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

Donkey Kong shelves put the game on the wallWho doesn’t love Donkey Kong? Who doesn’t want it on their wall? And let’s face it, any shelves you install are going to end up crooked as a 3 dollar bill. But when those shelves involve DK, crooked is ok. In fact, it’s mandatory to recreate the look of the game.

And this guy did it up right. He’s got all of the perfect nerd decor on them. The only thing missing is a wind-up Mario walking around swinging a hammer. You can almost hear the game sounds. We give these shelves two callused gaming thumbs up.

Awesome Star Wars Y-Wing bed

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on August 11th, 2009

Awesome Star Wars Y-Wing bedI, like you, clearly struck out on the parent lottery. Some moms build a 98-inch screen on their kid’s bedroom ceiling, while some dads build an AT-AT bunk bed. Yeah, I’m kinda ticked off at my parents now. Now that I see how some kids are lavished with awesome nerd decor.

Well, here’s the straw that broke the camel’s back. Now, we learn about a father who built half a Y-Wing in his son’s bedroom, hanging from above, with the bed on top. Mom, dad, if you are reading this, don’t even bother calling.

Neo Geo mini arcade cabinet mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 10th, 2009

Neo Geo mini arcade cabinet modPocket Lucho is known for building awesome mini-arcade cabinets using vintage game consoles. And after spending five months perfecting an earlier Neo Geo cabinet design, he has posted some detailed info on this awesome project.

He used a Neo Geo MVS mv1b board, 5-inch PSOne LCD, and Space Invaders Play TV controls. He attached the control panel and the PS one display with magnets make the wiring more accessible, and check out that detailed exterior design. Amazing work all around.