iPod nano gets modded to play inside 8-track player

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

It’s been some time since we’ve used 8-Tracks. Here’s something that can hopefully make them cool again. This modder has made a Beach Boys deck connect to his iPod nano, complete with a headphone socket and USB port on the front for portability and charging.

When you plug it in, the 8-track transfers iPod signals into the source for plug-and-play awesomeness. So now you have an 8-track that holds 500 songs. Your daddy’s eight track didn’t do that.

Circular Lego saw really works

Posted in lego by Conner Flynn on June 6th, 2010


A saw made out of Lego bricks, but with a real blade is a hospital trip just waiting to happen. This thing really works. So I hope they’ve alerted the local ER. This Lego saw can cut through a 2×4, so limbs should be no problem.

Just to be extra safe, the tips have been removed from the blade and it’s set to stop if you touch it. But still. I don’t trust this Lego saw one bit. But it is a cool creation. I’m now looking forward to the Lego nail gun and jackhammer. Once those are ready, I can make my own Lego themed construction site where our hard hats snap onto our heads and the buildings are many colored bricks.

Glow In The Dark Tron NES case mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2010

We love a good console mod around here and this amazing NES console mod by Thretris is a good example. It’s a Tron inspired glow-in-the-dark Nintendo Entertainment System complete with an upgraded stereo sound system and detailing to replicate the Tron look.

The whole thing glows under black light very brightly and charges to then glow without blacklight , but softer. You can actually own this one if you want it, for $250 and it comes with the original power adaptor, RF switch, and controller.

Dreamcast Boombox casemod crams one classic into another

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2010

Turn that trash down! But dad I’m just playing video games. On my boombox. Modder XCKDIY has created the awesomely retro Dreamcast Boombox casemod. The Dreamcast console has been jammed into a portable boombox, and he installed a front-facing LCD as well.

The Dreamcast’s drive has even been integrated into the player’s original drive tray, keeping it all authentic. The four controller ports are in the front, so you can easily hook up your controllers for some multiplayer gaming.

iPhone case is perfect for Dirty Harry fans

Posted in DIY by Shane McGlaun on May 31st, 2010

When I was a kid, you could play with toy guns anywhere you wanted that looked just like the real things. My friends and I spent many a day playing cops and robbers around the neighborhood without even thinking the toy guns were dangerous. Today toy guns can get you shot by police with a real gun if you aren’t careful.

A designer at Thingiverse going by juniortran has offered up the files and plans needed to build yourself a iPhone case that looks like a Ruger LCR Revolver. To make your own you will need access to a 3D printer though, which most of us don’t have lying around the house.

Printed Circuit Board business card

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2010

Behold one of the coolest business cards ever. Ramiro Pareja Veredas created this business card constructed from an actual Printed Circuit Board complete with working electronics. His information has been etched on the board and the card also comes with breakaway corners that make it double as a USB flash drive.

It only holds 24KB of memory which should be enough for a resume or cover letter. Produced in small batches, the cards cost about 5 euros a piece. Pretty awesome way to land a job.

ArduIMU quadcopter has sonar and avoids obstacles

Posted in DIY by Shane McGlaun on May 24th, 2010

That ARdrone flying copter thing that is controlled by the iPhone is cool and all, but some folks want to roll their own. A designer named Jose Julio has accomplished the feat.

Juilo has added some very cool features to his quadcopter that the ARdrone lacks. The ArduIMU quadcopter has infrared and ultrasonic sensors to allow it to detect obstacles and fly around them.

Projector gets strapped to a Wii-gun

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 13th, 2010

Man, try not to get sick watching the video below. This projector strapped to a Wii-gun is pretty damn cool. It comes from Nirav Patel, who decided to take first-person shooting to the next level. He has combined a Wiimote Zapper, a handheld ShowWX laser projector and a gyrometer to display a screen wherever the Zapper is pointing.

Patel calls it a “glasses-free virtual reality first-person shooter,”. With it, he can look around and navigate the game-world just by moving the Zapper and using its joystick. Right now the game is running off of Patel’s laptop, with his controller tethered to it. Oh and he’s wearing the laptop on his back. I would love to see where else he can take this.

The Smartphone Guitar

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


This guy created a music app and installed it on multiple Android and WinMo phones, and even an iPod Touch. Then taped them together to make a bizarre looking guitar, on which he can play Cracklin’ Rose.

It wasn’t easy. He ended up writing it three times: in java for android, in C# for windows mobile and in Objective-C for iPhone. To play them all at once, he just taped them on a piece of wood together with a battery powered speaker, then added lots of audio cables.

Homemade 16TB NAS drive

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on May 9th, 2010

Check out this awesome Homemade 16TB NAS. In fact, this one looks much better than some of the current NAS drives available on the market. This homemade NAS drive features 16TB of RAID 5 storage and a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor, in a hand built steel and aluminum enclosure.

If you are itching to try your hand at something like this, then head on over to Will U. Design for full details on how this awesome 16TB NAS Drive was made. It’s a thing of beauty.

DIY UFO lamps are sweet

Posted in DIY by Shane McGlaun on May 7th, 2010

We have seen UFO abduction lamps before that are made by some company overseas. That cartoonish store bought lamp has nothing on these DIY offerings that Jason Dietz made on his own.

I am going to say these are the most awesome lamps in the history of lights. They stand 5’5″ tall and are made from some sort of recycled glass tube. The other parts in the build are light diffusers, LEDs, halogen lights, CFLs, and acrylic rings.

Make your own MicroSIM card

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

If you have an iPad 3G and have a SIM card that you want to cut down to a MicroSIM card, you can do just that. Apparently all you need to convert the iPad 3G to U.K. cellular standards is a meat clever. You can also use scissors.

This U.K. resident was faced with a disparity in SIM cards once he received his iPad from foreign shores: “This morning, my shiny new iPad 3G 64Gb arrived from the USA! The only problem was, it had an AT&T MicroSIM and as yet there is no such thing in the UK.”

iPad in a kitchen cabinet

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

The iPad is a pretty versatile piece of tech. It’s also very portable. That is, if you don’t put it in your kitchen cabinet. Then portability goes out the window. Still, the iPad as the centerpiece of your kitchen makes sense. TUAW reader Alan Daly built his directly into the side of a kitchen cabinet, and we can only imagine all of the recipes he’s cooking up.

His screen displays a virtual aquarium when not in use, and don’t worry, it’s above the point of food splattering all over it. Basically, you just cut a hole and add a pair of wooden strips for support. We aren’t sure how he keeps it charged.

50 awesome papercraft robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2010

We’ve seen our share of cool papercraft projects around here. We just wish we had time to put them all together. Over at our robot site Botropolis, we’ve compiled fifty papercraft robots, which should keep you busy for a while.

Robots will be the death of you and I one day, so we may as well build some cool paper toys to play with and display. Many of these are as good as having an actual action figure and they cost much less.

8-bit guitar is a geeky senior project

Posted in DIY by Shane McGlaun on April 28th, 2010

The thing I remember most about video games from my youth was that the graphics sucked and the music was just as bad. I still hear the music from Mario Brothers in my dreams. A senior project from a guy named Mike Davenport has created the perfect instrument for playing those old game soundtracks stuck in your head.

The project is dubbed the 8-bit arcade guitar and is built from the buttons of an arcade game and other gear. Exactly how the project was pulled together is unknown.