Web browsing and Last.fm coming to new Apple TV via hack

Posted in Apple TV by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

The new Apple TV is pretty disappointing since it is so limited. It sits collecting dust like many Wiis do. So if Apple doesn’t decide to release Apps for it in the near future, jailbreakers certainly will. In fact, some hackers have managed to get a web browser running on the new Apple TV and also added Last.fm integration.

The latest apps were created by the folks over at Firecore, and they will be releasing a package for Apple TV called aTV Flash. A beta of the package should be released within the next couple of weeks.

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.

Macro Lens for your Nexus One

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

The Nexus One might not take the kind of macro photos that your DSLR is capable of, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still take good macro shots with a little bit of DIY elbow grease. Check out this handy macro lens attachment for the Nexus One.

The lens comes from a pair of mini binoculars, and is fastened to a mounting bracket using epoxy putty. You’ll notice the 3.5mm male plug, which holds the lens securely in place and also keeps it removable.

Dual SIM iPhone 4 case

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 28th, 2010

Sure, we’ve seen many phones with dual SIM card slots. Most are for the Asian markets, but the iPhone 4 is not one of them. Well, USBFever has come up with a solution to that problem, with a new $30 case that can hold dual full size SIM cards on the back of your iPhone 4.

It holds the cards in place and runs an adapter to the iPhone 4′s micro SIM slot. You can then switch between the two SIMs from the iPhone’s settings menu, though you can’t use both SIMs simultaneously.

Voting machine plays Pac-Man

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

Voting machines are pretty unreliable and prone to being easily hacked, so it wasn’t that hard to hack this Sequoia AVC EDGE voting machine to play Pac-Man. Pac-Man isn’t all that different from politics anyway. You have one bloated yellow bastard gobbling up all of the wealth and resources, while we all play the ghosts who try to stop them.

The machine has had it’s memory card formatted, installing DOS and MAME. It has had it’s share of rigged votes, no doubt, but now it can right that wrong by providing some fun.

Portable Atari console the size of a Gameboy

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on June 27th, 2010

We love us some good old fashioned Atari mods around here and this is maybe the neatest we’ve seen in some time. This portable Atari is small enough to pass itself off as a Gameboy.

The core system is an Atari Flashback 2, an embedded system with a few built-in games. But without the cartridge slot it wouldn’t be the mod it is, allowing the owner to play any game he wants. Not sure about the color though. An Atari mod should be wood grain.

Steampunk Arduino Watch plays Breakout, may actually get worn

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on June 13th, 2010

Another day, another Arduino-based gadget. But this one is actually something you will want to wear. The Arduino Watch: Steampunk Edition has temperature, range finding, and trackball input while displaying time, games, and more with its 128 by 128 pixel OLED 16 bit display.

It plays Breakout and has the ability to display time in digital, analog or binary. Other sensors and programs can be added if you like. It can be made for around $250.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.