World’s first remote-controlled gaming computer

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2010

Meet the world’s first remote-controlled gaming computer. It’s built from a Thermaltake case and built on top of a motorized, remote-controlled base. Oh and there’s also a robotic arm. Now that’s what I call a computer.

Sadly it doesn’t shoot lasers, but I’m sure that is just one mod away from happening. This one could be R2-D2′s long lost cousin. I’m pretty sure I saw this thing in a Jawa Sandcrawler.

Fireplace computer casemod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 8th, 2010

Winter. It’s the time of year when sitting by the fire not only warms your body, but seems to warm your soul. But what if you don’t have a fireplace? Well, you could make your own fireplace in your computer case.

This LCD screen with a computer behind it may not throw off much heat, but just the sight of it might help on a cold night. It’s better than nothing. And anyway it looks great. This thing is hot. Pun intended. The case was recently on display at the PDXLAN 16.5 event over in Portland.

DIY Star Trek sliding doors

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2010

Here’s something that we’ve all wanted to install in our homes. Now we know how to do it. I’m talking Star Trek doors baby! Instructables has posted a step-by-step guide on installing these sliding doors which are powered by an air compressor.

Of course they are super cool. It requires some work, but the results will have you strolling around your home like it’s a starship. The doors are controlled by a panel switch and have a key which can lock them open or shut.

iFan keeps your iPhone juiced using wind

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 3rd, 2010

We’ve seen our share of chargers for the iPhone, but the iFan is…different. It features a huge fan on top. The creator of this mod claims that it took him six hours to charge the phone, which probably is a little longer than most of us are willing to wait.

Still, if you are desperate for a charge and have lots of wind, it could come in handy. The designer thinks he can even reduce a few charging hours by redesigning the fan blades. Holding it out of a car window might help to.

Beer Keg PC Case Mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on November 22nd, 2010

This guy is doing it all wrong. We aren’t that impressed when someone takes a beer keg and turns it into a PC case. What this world really needs is the technology to turn old PC cases into full beer kegs. That would help the environment and give us more beer. More beer is always good.

But having said that, Ben Lzicar has turned an empty Anheuser-Busch keg into a PC case and it’s pretty cool. He powder-coated the keg with a beautiful shiny black finish, decked it out with chrome, and loaded it with bright blue LEDs. Of course, there is also a bottle opener.

Xbox 360 cooling mod uses the Air Conditioner

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

The Xbox 360 can get seriously hot during gaming and you don’t the ‘red ring of death’ showing up. So what can you do? Well, you could try cooling your Xbox 360 system using this igneous cooling device which uses an air conditioning unit and some tubing.

You just need a cardboard box, some flexible tubing and plenty of tape. It may not be pretty, but it will cool your console down so that you can concentrate on playing Black Ops.

Dell Streak SNES controller dock

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2010

Check out this Dell Streak with an SNES controller dock. The Dell Streak’s ability to work with standard USB keyboards also allows it to work with a modified SNES controller. We never thought we would see the day when these two gadgets combined.

The controller has basically been turned into a keyboard. This one comes from modder 0TheRain0. Yes, it is fully functional and totally awesome. This is the coolest mod we’ve seen in a while.

Pick Punch lets you make your own Guitar Picks

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on November 2nd, 2010

Rocking the guitar is cool. I mean, if you play a mean guitar, you get the gigs, the babes and the money. You can be a rock god. And with millions of hopeful rockers, come millions of picks, which are easy to lose. Well, the Pick Punch can punch picks out of all sorts of plastic items like credit cards, gift cards, and more. You can buy sheets of material from the company and make your own custom picks.

The Pick Punch sells for $24.95 and makes picks in the 351 style that are roughly triangular. They measure 30mm tall x 25.5mm wide. Each sheet of pick material is $3.00 and can make 56 to 85 picks.

NES Light Gun iPhone Dock

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 26th, 2010

This looks like a light gun with a rear-view mirror attached, but it’s actually a NES light gun modded into an iPhone dock. We thought we had seen everything, but this is a new one. Though we can’t say we’re surprised. What did surprise us was the Christmassy background.

If you absolutely need an NES light gun iPhone Dock in your life, it will set you back $30. Not bad considering that you didn’t need to do the work.

Father and son build Samus arm cannon for Halloween

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2010

If you are looking to trick or treat as Samus from the Metroid game this year, you might want to pay attention to what this father and on team have created. 11-year old Joseph DeRose and his father have built Samus’ arm cannon. That’s the entire costume at the moment, but it’s an impressive arm cannon.

It features an array of LED lights with several settings, which is controlled by an Arduino. There’s also several sound effects from the Metroid games.

Turn your iPod touch into an iPhone 4

Posted in iPod Touch by Conner Flynn on October 18th, 2010

We can’t all afford iPhones, but even so you probably already own the latest generation iPod touch. Well, you can now turn that Touch into an iPhone 4 thanks to a selection of applications.

You’ll need the fourth generation iPod touch, a VoIP app like Skype and Line2. Of course you’ll also need an always-on Wi-Fi connection. After all of that you can proceed. Just be aware that you will have a shorter battery life.

ArcadeDock turns your Lenovo laptop into a retro arcade cabinet

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

The ArcadeDock Laptop Dock is an awesome mod. It’s a half-height arcade machine, with retro art, the necessary joystick and large buttons and a secret place for a touchpad-equipped keyboard. Basically it is designed to hold an IdeaPad Y560, and when connected via USB, it functions just like any arcade cabinet.

Pretty awesome. Though it looks pretty uncomfortable to play. Still, it’s worth any back pain you might endure to play a lenovo Ideapad through a Street Fighter 4 emblazoned arcade cabinet.

Ben Heck turns Xbox 360 ‘Slim’ into a laptop

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2010

Ben Heck‘s latest creation may not look all that slim, but it is smaller than his 2009 version by 1.5-inches and an inch shorter. This latest version now has an internal power supply and is even quieter than before.

The system has the usual touch power and eject buttons and the display is a 17-inch Gateway LCD that manages a full 720p.

Make your own biodiesel at home safely

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 10th, 2010

If you want to make your own biodiesel at home, then this concept personal biodiesel processor is a safe and efficient way to go. It allows you to make an alternate fuel source right from the comfort of your home. Screw the big oil companies.

Just pour the necessary ingredients into the top and the device does the rest. The automated pumps, heating elements and thermostats take care of the entire process. A display shows you the current status. A pull-out tank collects the waste glycerin, which can be easily disposed of, or used for making soap.

V8 Engine Computer Case Mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2010

If you are a car enthusiast and a PC user, then this is the perfect V8 engine/computer case for you. This thing is just awesome looking. This case mod has been created in the form of a traditional V8 engine with dual PC cases and engine components. One DVD drive is fitted into the air intake to complete the effect.

You can almost see it shaking with power. The creator did an amazing job.