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Paint like Jackson Pollock with a Wiimote

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on December 18th, 2008

Paint like Jackson Pollock with a WiimoteEver wish you could paint like Jackson Pollock after he’d had a few too many beers? Now you can, and you won’t need to drip and splatter with a paintbrush. You can use your Wiimote instead, thanks to the DraWiing Jackson Pollock project.

It uses an IR detector, a projector on the floor and a Wiimote to recreate the drip-and-splatter artwork of the famous hard-drinking abstract painter. It looks pretty fun. ITP students Si Heun Cho and Ruxy Staicut created the set-up. It takes IR and accelerometer data from a wiimote to plot a point in relation to your canvas on the floor, projecting a nice paint splatter trail. Just like Pollock.

Rockterscale measures how hard you rock

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2008

Rockterscale measures how hard you rockThe Rockterscale is an advanced scientific instrument that measures exactly how hard a crowd is rocking out. The Hat of Rock measures the amount of head thrashing going on, while the dance floor mat pictured above measures the amount of dancing and foot movement happening. Note the crash barrier in front which uses a force sensor to determine how hard the crowd is pushing against it.

There’s also a webcam on the ceiling to measure the movement of the crowd as well as audio monitors to get a sound level reading. Basically, it determines if you are rocking or sucking. Rocking is complicated business after all. It’s not all just panties on the stage and ten minute guitar solos.Check out a video of the Rockterscale in action below.

Asteroids watch outdoes the Pong-playing watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2008

Asteroids watch outdoes the Pong-playing watchJohn Maushammer enjoyed some minor fame in geek circles with his Pong wristwatch, but he craved more. So he delivered unto mankind a new great thing. The DIY Asteroids Watch outdoes it’s predecessor.

It even features a tilt sensor so the wearer can control the action by just tilting their wrist and going pew pew pew. Frankly, we could go on about it all day, but the bottom line is that the man is a DIY game watch god. Check out a video below.

Star Wars Nintendo Wii Case Mod

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2008

Star Wars Nintendo Wii Case ModIt’s been awhile since we saw a really cool Wii case mod, though we did bring you 14 neat mods some time ago. This custom Star Wars case mod is pretty awesome and you can learn to make one too. Just be warned that the creator invested over 100 hours of work.

It includes lots of LEDs and fiber optics to give it some nice glowing effects. If you’d rather buy one and not put in the time, you can find this gem on ebay for $499.99. It features stars that fade in and out, custom Red Light Bar, and a hand Painted Death Star, X-Wing and Darth Vader’s Tie-Fighter. Pretty sweet.

Working LEGO PlayStation

Posted in lego by Conner Flynn on December 11th, 2008

Working LEGO PlayStationLegos are good enough to build a safeand countless statues, so why not a PlayStation?

This mod is the work of a clever high school modder who completed the project one night, instead of chasing girls and boozing it up. See kids, a clean life will yield great Lego geek toys. Looks like this kid basically just gutted his PS and inserted the innards into a custom Lego case. Which doesn’t make it easy, just simple.

DIY Toy Piano shirt

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2008

DIY Toy Piano shirtEveryone is into fancy musical shirts these days. Shirts, shirts, the magical fruit, the more you wear ‘em the more they toot. Or something like that. You can make yourself one of these wearable toy piano shirts if you have the know-how. This one was made by a crafty and crazy modder who gutted a toy electronic piano and then sewed it into the fabric of a shirt. Of course that includes the batteries, speaker, and circuit board.

It was shown at the DIY Festival in Zurich and it looks pretty sweet in a Tron sort of way. I’d be happy with just the shirt, minus the piano parts. Yes, more outer space wear please.

DIY iPhone retro rotary dock

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2008

DIY iPhone retro rotary dockHow cool would it be to dock your iPhone in a rotary telephone while running this app. This hack turns your old rotary phone into a cool iPhone docking station. It’s sure to sound great since it has 16 Watts of speaker power hidden in the device.

It sports one speaker behind the dial on the front of the phone and two speakers in the handset itself. The IR sensor and controls are on the side of the phone and the docking port is hidden under the receiver when the hand set is off. This is a pretty awesome mod if you have a 1940′s phone laying around. Video below.

Steampunk Mouse made with real mouse parts

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2008

Steampunk Mouse made with real mouse partsDaniel Pon loves Steampunk. So when it came time to make a steampunk mouse to go with his Steampunk keyboard and monitor, he went a little crazy with the design. The end result? Pretty damn cool. And maybe a bit morbid.

The Paradox Mouse is a great steampunk mod with typical brass, bolts, gears, wood, etc. A great neo-Victorian peripheral. But it has a few extra features that Daniel calls “ironic”. These features are a real mouse skull, shoulder blades and spine, all lovingly worked into the project. The skull sits on the front of the mouse, the shoulder blades as miniature cattle catchers, and the spine as the palmrest.

Guy beats Guitar Hero 3 using drums

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2008

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This guy made this video to prove that he is better then you at Guitar Hero 3 using drumsticks. He has an advantage that you don’t. A custom midi controller designed to play as if you were drumming. He also obviously kicks ass playing the drums.

He’s obviously crazy. I’m pretty sure he’s animal from the Muppets, all shaved down and incognito. Amazing yes. Also amazingly nerdy. What else can you say?

Trumpet Hero

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2008

Trumpet HeroIf you are a band geek who prefers getting wedgies instead of having panties thrown on stage, this is for you. Though I’m not sure you can fit this Trumpet back in it’s case after it’s been modded. What we have here is GH for the Trumpet.

Who knows, maybe you too can be a star between bouts of getting your head stuck in the toilet and getting beat up on the bus. This is simply a Trumpet hooked up to a computer. Since the trumpet has only three buttons on it, it should be easy to make a video game for it that would easily teach others the trumpet. Sadly it has 3 less buttons then GH so you can’t use it to play GH.

iPod Cigarette Case for smokin’ tunes

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on November 21st, 2008

iPod Cigarette Case for smokin’ tunesHere’s a little something for smokers who love their gadgets. If you have a spare iPod laying around, you too can be very James Bond like and turn it into a cigarette case.

Basically, just remove the guts and replace said guts with butts. Makes a great conversation piece and your be the life of any party. It can be a secret compartment for anything small, not just cigs. This person came up with the idea when their iPod had an encounter with the pavement and died.

Wii64 is one crazy backwards mod

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on November 21st, 2008

Wii64 is one crazy backwards modSome mods don’t make a whole lot of sense. Why tear out the innards of your Wii, just to put an N64 inside? An SNES in a Wii would still be questionable, but at least that’s an SNES. This inbred Nintendo creation is dubbed the “Wii64″, and keeps the Wii’s blue lights lighting up whenever it is turned on. The Wii64 is currently on eBay, where bidding began with $49.99. It’s somehow up to $64. What we need are more console guitars.

Lego Safe is ultra secure

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2008

Legos SafeYou might think that a Lego safe would be easy to open. Maybe just remove a few bricks and you’re in. But that’s not the case with this thing, the cutting edge of Lego safe technology. The safe weighs 14 pounds and has a motion detecting alarm so it can’t be moved without creating a huge ruckus.

The lock takes five double digit codes to open it. That translates into over 305 billion different combinations. It even boasts an electronic status display showing the numbers as you turn the combination dials. When you enter the combination, the door electronically opens itself. It’s a great place to store all of your valuable geek stuff. Check out a video below.

A hard drive hacked into a turntable

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2008

A hard drive hacked into a turntableIf you’re a DJ or a wannabe DJ, you’ll want a turntable that sets you apart from the rest. You could spend some real money to get yourself a decent set-up or you can make your own if you have an old hard drive laying around. That’s what a group of students at universities in the UK, Austria, and New Zealand did.

They all worked together to come up with a digital DJ interface, and the HDD-turntable you see above sits at the center. The students fell in love with the weight of the disk and the quality of its bearings. All you need are “a few op amps, resistors and a programmable microcontroller of some kind” and you can be mixing like they do. Hit the link for instructions.

Build your own walking CNC robot router

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2008

We would all like to have our own robot. And hey, it’s a bonus if that robot doubles as a cool CNC router. We’ll here’s your opportunity to build your own six legged robot with an attached CNC router for a head. Check out this awesome demo video that shows off the robots mobility while it carves a super detailed 3d human face.

I think this solves the mystery of that huge face on Mars. Somewhere out there, some alien is controlling a gigantic robo-router for their own amusement. The awesome thing is that you can build your own version. The site is selling kits with everything you need. Soon you too can make detailed human heads of your very own.