Homemade Scrabble keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2009

Homemade Scrabble keyboardSomeone loves Scrabble a whole bunch and by creating this awesomely nerdy keyboard, they must have scored themselves a quadruple word score. It’s a wood and brushed aluminum keyboard that features real Scrabble tiles. The points score is slightly edited to show each key’s secondary function.

Everyone knows Scrabble and this is an awesome mod that looks like it could have come straight out of the game box. It’s a USB keyboard and the aluminum accents will very nicely match the Mac that it will be paired with.

Wolfenstein PC case mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 16th, 2009

Wolfenstein PC case modWe love us a good case mod round these parts and the Wolfenstein case mod sure brings back memories. The FuG-01/ET aka the Wolfenstein PC Case Mod. This beauty was inspired by the Wolfenstein 3D video games of course.

It features dual electric gauges, one measures amperage, and the other core voltages. There’s also an old phone handset, which won’t make any calls to HQ, a carrying strap and some bullet holes. Creator “Sheyr” really did a Ben Heck of a job capturing the look and feel of the game.

Eee PC gets modded into a car

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2009

Eee PC gets modded into a carIt’s been awhile since we’ve seen a good car mod. The last one was an Xbox 360 modded into a Suzuki. Now, thanks to some crazy Ruskie hacker, an Eee PC gets crammed into an automobile dashboard. He’s posted an article showing how to take a 7 inch Eee PC apart and turn it into a carputer that hooks into an auto stereo system and it even acts as a graphic equalizer.

The finished product is a computer in your car with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of built in storage plus an 8GB SDHC card, a 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display, Bluetooth, a slot-loading DVD-RW drive, GPS, 5.1 channel audio, a touschreen, and a boatload of USB adapters that string the whole thing together.

AMD Phenom PC Case is part Transformer

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2009

AMD Phenom PC Case is part TransformerThis is one of the coolest, most awesome, most jawdropping PC case mods we’ve seen in awhile. This AMD Phenom PC Case opens up in almost all directions, and looks a lot like a Transformer. It even features a green lighting scheme. Seriously, this thing looks like it’s about to take flight and fight another robot and fill your home with explosions and flying parts.

It’s got a certain classic Cylon look about it too. Look at the picture. Now look at yours. Yeah, now that you’ve seen it, you know what is missing in your life. It was created by Bill Owen, who is a true genius among men. We are not worthy.

Robotic Labyrinth Wii Fit game

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2009

Robotic Labyrinth Wii Fit gameSome DIYers from the Cowtown Computer Congress used some servos and an Arduino processor to connect a wooden Labyrinth game to a Wii Fit. Why? Is there ever a reason? It just had to be done. Simple as that. Basically it makes the game more difficult.

It’s an inexpensive project at just $60 total (That does not include the Wii Fit), and it seems like a simple process. It also looks like a lot of fun. What could be better then taking a simple game and adding a high tech way of playing it? Check out a video below.

Custom Desert Eagle may be the strangest Wii gun mod yet

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on January 5th, 2009

Custom Desert Eagle may be the strangest Wii gun mod yeteBay seller fordelite_76 is just brimming with confidence that you will bid and bid high on this auction for a custom Wii gun they created. I can tell, because he uses a lot of asterisks and the word AWESOME sandwiched in between. That’s confidence. And why not? “IT WORKS GREAT AND LOOKS BETTER THAN ANY OTHER WII GUN OUT THERE ..I HAVENT SEEN …”

Who could argue with that? It looks so realistic with the large white Wiimote attached bayonet style. I bet the thinking was that if you can’t frag your enemy from a distance, just approach and stab your TV Civil War style. Another strange thing is that in the pics the gun appears to be hardwired to the Wimote’s B button via a bent hanger wire that pulls the trigger. Now that’s craftsmanship.

iPods turned into iPod speakers

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 1st, 2009

iPods turned into iPod speakersCheck out this pair of iPods that have been turned into iPod speakers. The original iPod scroll wheels were removed and replaced with a pair of speakers. This particular DIY project is a bit expensive at around $100 (he needed to replace both the front and back panels since the old ones had too many scratches to count), although I don’t see why a smart shopper couldn’t do it for a bit less.

IPod speakers for an iPod. Makes sense. Let’s not go crazy though. We don’t need to see Zune speakers for Zunes and iPhone speakers for your iPhone. I’m just kidding. We love any and all clever mods, even when they get a bit redundant.

Xbox 360 modded car

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on January 1st, 2009

Xbox 360 modded carApparently, this modder hated the thought of leaving his console home alone while he was out and about in the world. Separation anxiety no doubt. Yes, this is an Xbox 360 Console and the Controllers Modded in a car! An Xbox 360 in a car, you ask? Yes. And look how well the car and the Xbox get along. It’s like they were meant for each other.

The XBox 360 has been embedded in to the dash while 1 controller rests in the steering wheel and the other sits comfortably in front of the gear shift. It’s a great idea, but the one fatal flaw is that at some point, you will have to park that car and walk away. At which time a thief throws a rock through the window and makes off with your console. It really is a beauty though.

Super Nintendo cartridge wallet

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 1st, 2009

Super Nintendo cartridge walletI know what you’re thinking. That this would be large than your current wallet and make you sit all unlevel, like having George Costanza’s huge wallet. But who cares? This is an awesome geek wallet. We’ve seen a lot os SNES cartridge mods, but this is a first.

The SNES cartridge has been modded to hold a photo ID on the front, but it has also been gutted like a fish and outfitted with a hinge so that you have storage space on the inside. If that isn’t enough, it has an LED that can be turned on and off. It also plays game music and noises. Crazy, right? If you are just aching to hide your cash in one, you can build one of your very own.

Xbox 360 shoved into a PS3 case

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2008

Xbox 360 shoved into a PS3 caseLast night we told you about the Wii winning the console wars this holiday season. The Xbox 360 did well too. But nobody wanted the poor PS3. There’s apparently at least one modder who the likes the PS3. The outside of it anyway.

This modder shoved an Xbox 360 into a PS3 case. It wasn’t a perfect fit, with a large hole cut into the front to allow access to the tray. It’s for those gamers who can’t make up their mind and love both consoles along with some neon.

WeeP5 Gun is a Wii Zapper on steroids

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2008

WeeP5 Gun is a Wii Zapper on steroidsHack-A-Day builder TheOreos took a very real looking toy version of the Heckler & Koch MP5 and outfitted it with a Wiimote. What he ended up with was this cleverly named and ultra realistic WeeP5 pictured above, lovingly displayed with some family photos.

He wanted to build a zapper with all the buttons exactly where he wanted them. Obviously he did a fantastic job, it looks awesome and apparently works pretty well. He’d better hide this thing really good when transporting it, so he doesn’t get the SWAT team surrounding him as he says “Say hello to my little friend” and gets filled with lead.

Student increases iPhone battery life by 12x

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on December 25th, 2008

Student increases iPhone battery life by 12xA PhD student at Carleton University in Canada, Atif Shamin, has out-thought Apple by inventing a ‘transmitter system on-package’ that significantly extends the battery life of mobile devices. It all has to do with the connection between the circuit board and the antenna.

Instead of using wire, he designed a high frequency micro-transmitter and receiver that avoids the usual loss of power through a wire. That’s a significant breakthrough in energy efficiency in mobile devices. He created a module that replaces all of the wires connecting a phone’s electrical circuits and the antennae, making them all communicate wirelessly.

Take a virtual tour of Tokyo using a Wii & Google Maps

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on December 25th, 2008

Take a virtual tour of Tokyo using a Wii & Google MapsCheck out this new mashup by Japanese coder Ryo Katsuma. It has a lot of potential. It takes the exercising aspect of the Wii and combines it with virtual tourism, by using Google Maps with the Wii Remote to create a virtual jogging or walking experience.

The crazy mashup takes you on a tour through a good bit of Tokyo, but what’s cool about it is that it could easily be applied to any city you want covered by Google Maps, letting you be a Wii world traveler. If you want to build one yourself, you can find out how over at Tokyo-jogging.

Microwaves play Jingle Bells

Posted in Holiday by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2008


Christmas is almost here and it’s time to celebrate. And by celebrate, I mean let’s watch a bunch of Microwaves, 49 to be exact, play “Jingle Bells” with their timer bells. Of course, the timers all had to be set manually, but they did a good job considering.

I picture this 49 microwave contraption rigged to the chimney somehow, as a Santa alarm. It could go off just as Santa is entering your home and cook him up some nice quick meals at the same time. He’ll surely reward you with an extra present or two.

Nerf dart gun modded into an awesome chaingun

Posted in Weapons by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2008

Nerf dart gun modded into an awesome chaingunSome crazy modders at ManaPotions have taken the relatively tame Vulcan EBF-25 and given it some backbone that is sure to make the nerds at Nerf nervous, transforming the relatively harmless foam dart gun into an honest to god chaingun.

After the hack, the weapon can fire about 500 rounds-per-minute. If you want one, the entire hack can be had in detail by clicking through. Be warned, the creators say that you’ll most likely fry the motor and melt a few components after you use it for a while. Awesome video below.