Hand Grenade mouse mod

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on October 2nd, 2008

Hand Grenade mouse modI’m not sure if I could use this mouse. For one thing, the urge to pull the pin would be too great and I would be afraid of it going off in my hand since it was apparently made from an old grenade casing. Though I suppose it’s more likely to kill your wrist with it’s anti-ergonomics.

The guy who modded it even wired up the trigger as the left mouse button. It might be good for those with sensitive data on their computer though. If you have the need, just pull the pin and run, hopefully blowing the hell out of everything. War, huh, good god yo, what is it good for? Absolutely nothin’ ‘cept for making a mouse. Sing it with me.

NES Bong will have you seeing 1up mushrooms

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on October 2nd, 2008

NES Bong will have you seeing 1up mushroomsI don’t think you’ll find this controller at your local Gamestop. Aside from being several years out of date, it’s also a bong/pipe. Which makes sense. I mean, what magical land has mushrooms that can make you bigger and spit fireballs, ride a green dinosaur named Yoshi and warp travel through pipes, all while collecting coins so that you can presumably earn enough to fill up your homemade modded bong again?

Now, I question whether the game ever existed in the first place. It may have all been illusion. Some guy spent an entire weekend putting this together and claims it doesn’t work.

Dumpster Hot Tub: The ultimate in Junkyard relaxation

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on September 29th, 2008

Dumpster Hot Tub: The ultimate in Junkyard relaxationLet me start off by saying, if they do a remake of Sanford and Son, I expect to see this thing front and center. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a dumpster converted into a hot tub by Michel de Broin, who has a whole dirty/clean issue to see a therapist about. I especially like the ladder, making for an easy entrance.

Depending on your neighborhood, just be careful you aren’t soaking when the garbage truck comes along and lifts you up and dumps you in the back. But until that day, enjoy “1649 litres of filtered, chlorinated water”. Its interior is lined with waterproof blue material while a pump and filter system purifies everything.

Atari Hero: Play Atari 2600 like a rock god

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2008

Atari Hero: Play Atari like a rock godThis is not my first console mod, but I think it’s the neatest. As far as I know it hasn’t been done before. I wanted to be able play Atari 2600 games like you play Guitar Hero… With a guitar. With this mod, you just pop in your favorite 2600 cartridge, and play the game on your guitar. The screen is right in front facing you as you hold it. Instead of strumming, just use the small joystick on the upper right, or for games like Breakout use the paddle controller below the screen. The fire button is the top button on the neck of the guitar, so yes, you really hold it in guitar fashion as you play.

I had originally intended to make an NES-Hero, taking advantage of all the guitar buttons, but didn’t have a spare laying around. Which was just fine with me because this Atari-Hero turned out just awesome. It took me about 2 months more or less, simply because it was hard to find the time with my duties here at the ‘Brick, but it’s finally finished. I incorporated actual pieces of the Atari console itself, like the faux woodgrain front panel with logo and the grill from the top of the console, even the cartridge slot itself. The circuit boards all had to be fabricated and custom shaped, then put in place. The Atari console combined with the circuit boards makes for a stunning look in person. (Sorry about the crappy pics. It’s so shiny it’s hard to get a good shot) More pics below.

Disco PSP distracts from games

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on September 24th, 2008

Disco PSP distracts from gamesSome guy(Presumably Disco Stu from Springfield) made himself a retro, light-tastic PSP that suggests that Disco is either coming back or that the timeline has been altered and Sony has now created the PSP in 1977. The flashing Disco lights will definitely distract you from any game and get the attention of gamer ravers. The whole system consists of 30 LEDs all linked to the sound output and set to pulse in time with the music. I wonder if the modder heard whispers that said, “If you build it they will come”. They, being the Bee Gees. Video below.

DIY Heineken Draught Keg guitar amplifier

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on September 15th, 2008

DIY Heineken Draught Keg guitar amplifierYou’re rocking out on your guitar,(Your real guitar, not some pansy plastic video game job) and you’ve built up quite a thirst. Reaching for this Heineken won’t help. So reach for another and gulp it down. Finish with one long thirst-quenched sigh and get back to rocking. Rocking secure in the knowledge that this 20W Heineken Draught Keg Guitar Amplifier gives your sound the same kick to the liver that the alcohol does.

It sports a sleek design and a sound quality that will get you buzzed. Works great for Guitar, Bass, and MP3 players and plugs into a standard wall outlet. Complete with such modern innovations as a power switch and volume control.

Dream Car 123: Pyramid power is back

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on September 14th, 2008

Dream Car 123: Pyramid power is backBack in February, the Dream Car 123 was the latest in pyramid power cars. Still is, but now instead of cruising the streets at about 45 mph, with an 80-mile range, it’s got a far greater range these days. It also has bullet proof glass should the Pope want to get in on the action. They’ve also cut costs considerably. Back in February, pricing for the amazingly un-streamlined car was about $60,000 in supplies.

Fast forward to today, with the Dream Car now costing about $8,000 in materials with a mass production model being somewhere between $16,000 and $24,000. A 3.5 hour charge will give the car a 240 mile-range for about $5 in electricity costs. Sure, people will see you coming and call 911, thinking you’re an alien, but it’s well worth it should you buy one in the future or build one yourself.

Dolmette motorcyle is powered by 24 Dolmar Chainsaw Engines

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on September 14th, 2008

Dolmette motorcyle is powered by 24 Dolmar Chainsaw EnginesWhen you power a motorcycle with 24 petrol chain saws which have the best power to weight ratio, it has to be a hell of a ride. All of the chainsaw engines and the 5-speed Harley-Davidson transmission generates a total displacement of 1.9 litres, a power output of 125 kW (170 PS) and 130 Nm of torque at the centrifugal clutches.

That’s all technical talk, but I think we can assume that it’s fast and powerful. In case you were wondering, twelve engines are mounted in two rows of six on either side of the drive belt casing. Each engine is held in place by two threaded studs that normally serve to secure the guide bar to the chainsaw power head. The individual motors are coupled together in sets of three by means of a double-sided drive belt, making up eight modules in all. All in all pretty impressive and it looks like a strange jet-bike. Check out the video below and watch as they yank each engine to life as well as another of the bike in action.

11 cool Nintendo DS mods

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2008

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While we’re waiting with bated breath for a possible new updated Nintendo DS model that has been rumored, we thought we would take a look at some of our favorite DS mods. Like the Wii, modders love to spice up Nintendo’s boring design and put their own personal touches on the device. Some are weird, some are awesome, some will make you wonder what’s in the modder’s local water supply, but all are creative.

Pac-Man mini portable mod

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on August 28th, 2008

Pac-Man mini portable modMany of us have fond memories of Pac-Man as well as other Namco arcade classics, so what could be better then putting a whole bunch of Namco classics in a portable? That’s what modder Sam Thornley did. The portable Pac-Man Mini console is built around one of those Jakks Pacific Namco Arcade Classic systems, with a tiny 2.5-inch LCD display and it gets it’s power from a set of 4 rechargeable AA batteries.

He did a great job as the end result is a nice clean retro looking portable that will match your Wii. Thanks to a direct composite video connection, the screen image is super sharp. It will play Pac-Man, Galaxian, Rally-X, Bosconian, and Dig Dug.

MacPack: The ultimate back to school retro geek backpack

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2008

MacPack: The ultimate back to school retro geek backpack
Here’s something for old school Mac fans who need a little geek chic. The kind of geek chic that will throw your back out. Someone over at Instructables converted a 1988 Macintosh SE into a chiropractor’s dream. A chunky, spine dislodging MacPack. Basically you just hollow out a Mac and attach some straps. I’m sure you won’t stand out at all. And I can’t see anyone throwing rocks at you, trying to break the screen…

Guy merges PS2 guitar with Guitar Hero: On Tour

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2008

Guy merges PS2 guitar with Guitar Hero: On TourWhen most of us are jamming playing Guitar Hero with our regular sized guitars, the last thing you want to be doing is play on a little handheld. But when playing On Tour with a tiny handheld, it might help a whole lot to have a real guitar.

This modder hacked a wireless PS2 guitar to integrate with Guitar Hero: On Tour and now jams extra hardcore. He attached the PS2 guitar directly to the DS controller. He also added an FM transmitter so the music can stream through a home stereo, rather then the DS speakers. Great job! Check out the video below.

Mini Colecovision case mod hits ebay

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2008

Mini Colecovision case mod hits ebayAtari and Nintendo seem to get all the glory when it comes to case mods, but there are those out there with a love of Colecovision as well. Probably those who love to play the Smurf game. This mini ColecoVision does everything the original console did, it’s just smaller. A full 50 square inches smaller and 1 pound lighter to be exact.

In addition to shrinkage, the modder also gave it some upgrades. Like composite, S-Video and RCA audio jacks. It also boasts an “intro skip” button that will let you skip past those annoying loading screens on Coleco games. The console includes a refurbished ColecoVision hand controller, a Donkey Kong game cartridge, a power supply, and a six foot, gold-plated, A/V cable. If you can’t live without this thing, you till have 9 hours. It’s currently bid up to $374.99.

iPhone mod makes Apple logo glow

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on August 16th, 2008

iPhone mod makes Apple logo glow
The short video clip below starts off like it might be some kind of creepy videodrome clip featuring that one chick from Sex and the City, but it’s not and it’s not that chick. Before you know it, shows off a modded iPhone with a glowing apple logo that can serve as a nice bright flashlight.

That’s because some Russians have replaced the Apple logo on the back of an original iPhone with a glowing version. There isn’t much detail, but apparently they swapped out the aluminum logo for a glowing one. Apparently, custom software allows the user to select the brightness of the effect independently of the screen brightness.

The Wii gets DVD playback, not from Nintendo

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on August 13th, 2008

The Wii gets DVD playback, not from Nintendo
Hackers will get a machine to do all kinds of things that it should do, but doesn’t. Correcting the oversights of those damn lazy companies. We want things the way we want them. That’s why some Wii coders have made it so the Wii can have DVD playback.

It’s done by installing a hidden channel on the console, which gives it a DVD access library so you can watch all your favorite dvds with the MPlayer application, an open source media player. The install file works on both modded and unmodded Wiis. They are apparently experimenting with playing media from SD cards as well. Now you’ll be able to watch any DVD you want one last time before Blu-Ray creeps into your life.