Lego robot plays Tetris

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2010


We’ve seen our share of robots and we’ve seen our share of Tetris related items. But until now, the two have never collided in such a cool way. This robot plays Tetris! Branislav Kisacanin’s Tetris-Bot uses a video camera to watch the computer screen and determine which shape is which and where to put them.

That info is then sent to a Lego Mindstorm NXT robot, who hovers over the keyboard with three fingers. You might also notice the R.O.B.-like head too.

Game Boy with a Game Boy Advance inside

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2010

A game Boy with a Game Boy inside? It’s like a modern day version of one of those Russian nesting dolls. It’s mind-boggling. The device uses the chassis of an original Game Boy to hold the guts of a Game Boy Advance.

We have no idea why the creator undertook this mod, but we love it. This mod even features a rechargeable battery. We aren’t sure where the shoulder buttons are located. Pretty awesome mod.

10-year-old makes his own iPad stand

Posted in DIY,iPad accessories by Shane McGlaun on April 16th, 2010

It’s nice to see geeky parents starting their little geeklings off early on tech. My kids really like my iPad but agree it’s a pain to look down at the screen. One 10-year-old boy from Jersey decided to make his own iPad stand.

The stand is made from a couple chunks of wood, a hinge, and a couple drawer knobs. All of the materials are said to cost about $13.

Lego Nikon IR remote

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2010

Who says camera gear has to all look the same. If you want to add some geeky style into your picture taking world, check this out. It looks nothing like camera gear. Instead it looks like a Lego creation.

Because that is what it is. This person has jammed a compact IR remote for his sister’s Nikon into a simple yellow Lego brick. Your subjects won’t know what to think when you use this in your next photo shoot.

Steampunk All-in-one workstation

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

We’ve seen our share of Steampunk items, but few are as large as this Victorian Organ Command Desk. It took the creator about 6 months to complete, and it sure looks worth it, as there is a ton of detail. It looks like a full organ behind it all.

The whole setup offers 3 monitors, a printer, scanner, webcam, horn speakers, iPhone dock, card readers and a built-in clock. H.G. Wells and Jules Verne would love to sit there and write.

Hard Drive turned into a bench sander

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

DIYers all know about using a Dremmel, but sometimes what you need is a bench sander. Suppose you don’t have one? Well, just use an old hard drive. It turns out they make a pretty handy bench sander. This DIYer opened up an older hard drive, removed the read head, and added a piece of cut sand paper.

Yes, it doesn’t seem like it would do much, but check out the video below. Just hook it up to your bench supply and you’ve got a small sander ready to use.

Flamethrowing scooter fries tailgaters

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2010

These idiots who love to tailgate are so annoying. If only there was a way to back them up. Over in England, Colin Fruze has found a way to keep drivers at bay. The solution was simple and elegant. A flamethrower built into the tail of his scooter.

Anyone who dares to drive too close is flame broiled. At first, the flamethrower was installed on his BMX bike, but now it’s activated with the simple touch of a button on his scooter. The flames shoot out 12 feet behind the vehicle.

Steampunk Stormtrooper helmet

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2010

Had Luke worn this helmet when rescuing Princess Leia she would have said, “Aren’t you a little Steampunk to be a Stormtrooper?” It would have been a whole different movie had the Stormtroopers looked like this.

This Steampunk Stormtrooper Helmet is just plain awesome and menacing in a whole different way from the usual sterile white. That top area makes it look as if the Empire has been swapping some brains between troopers too.

Xbox 360 laptop mod on eBay for $2,000

Posted in Xbox 360 Elite by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2010

Now this is no Ben Heck masterpiece, but modder TheTwoJ’s Xbox 360 laptop is still pretty sweet. And if you want to get your hands on it, you can bid for it on eBay for a starting price of $1,950.

That’s less than it cost the modder to make. He spent over $2,000 and 650 hours making the X-top and it has been as it’s been tested for problems for the last three months. It’s made from an Xbox Elite Jasper system, with a 120GB hard drive and 17-inch Gateway monitor. There’s also an Xbox Live camera in there, and it even comes with 12 months of Gold Live membership, a wireless 360 controller, Xbox Live headset and a custom power supply.

Millennium Falcon Dreamcast

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2010

She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts. Very true. Especially when you cram a Sega Dreamcast into a Millennium Falcon toy. User “Pezzapoo” of the Ben Heck forums sure made this one look good.

The DC game port facia fit into the toy with only about a millimeter to spare. That’s when he knew it was magic. In case you were wondering, two side docking ring fans keep the hot DC from melting. Anytime some modder puts a console in a Star Wars ship, somewhere far far away, an X-Wing gets it’s wings.

Flip-top GameCube portable

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2010

Gamecube is probably one of my least favorite gaming consoles. But had it looked like this, I would have given it more attention. Techknott built this shiny eye-catching portable, with it’s mirrored finish. The flip top design keeps the optical drive hidden and everything looking sleek.

As you can see, it’s prone to smudges, which we don’t mind a bit, so long as those smudges come from our hands. The design is really eye-catching and looks like it could have easily been mass-produced in the past.

Spoon and Fork iPhone Stand

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 8th, 2010

Here’s something different in an iPhone stand. It’s a little more creative than most. The Spoon And Fork iPhone Stand. It’s how Uri Geller uses his iPhone. These folk art type stands come from Etsy seller ForkedUpArt, who is not only good with a pun, but great at bending utensils.

If you need your iPhone stand spoon-fed to you, then you won’t mind forking over $30 each for these. They have character and more personality than other stands.

Old Nintendo NES carts turned into Harmonicas

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

If you grew up playing NES games back in the 80′s, then you know that you had to blow on the NES cartridges to get it to recognize a game. Ahh memories. The one console that strengthened our lungs and our fingers.

Well, one modder is using that nostalgia to turn a profit with a clever mod. Seller nes_harmonica has turned some old NES cartridges into actual working harmonicas and put them on eBay. Right now you can get Dick Tracy, Legend of Zelda and Super Mario 3 with starting bids of just $7.

Awesome Space Invaders clock

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on March 8th, 2010

Check out this amazing Space Invaders clock. Space Invaders may have been released about six years after Pong, that doesn’t mean that this Space Invaders clock uses newer technology than the Adafruit Pong Clock that has been circulating.

The two clocks actually share the very same guts inside, but the Space Invaders clock has updated firmware. This is one of the coolest Space Invaders clocks we’ve seen. I’d wake up to that. The fight between man and alien never looked so cool.

Strobeshnik HDD clock

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on March 8th, 2010


We love unusual clocks around here and this one from Russian designer Viacheslav Slavinsky is certainly awesome. This must be the Rolls-Royce of hand-made gadget clocks.

By replacing the disc stack with a single disc that has the numbers punched into it, it shows the time by illuminating the numbers with LED panels from behind. The effect is just plain awesome. There are so many neat clocks like this, I can’t believe that anyone still has just a boring plain wall clock.