USB rubber chicken drive = USB comedy

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2009

USB rubber chicken drive = USB comedyIf you’re one of those people who find the mere sight of a rubber chicken hilarious, you’ll want to check out this rubber chicken drive. I’ve never understood rubber chicken comedy myself, but hey if I saw some guy getting beat with one, I might feel different.

You guessed it. Some guy took a USB flash drive and lovingly rammed it up this chicken’s henhouse. And so a DIY USB Rubber Chicken Flash Drive was born. And the thing is huge, lending to the comedy aspect. Why not park yourself in some cafe and connect this thing to your computer?

Pip-Boy 3000 iTouch

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2009


This is the coolest thing we’ve seen all day around here. Someone gutted one of those plastic Pip-Boy 3000 watches and installed an iPod Touch in it. It’s a super clever mod for wandering the wasrelands of the apocalypse.

An actual Pip-Boy 3000 program for the iPod Touch can’t be far behind. Looks like the program he’s showing off is a bunch of stills in the iPod’s photo program. Someone needs to take this idea and make a real honest to god Pip-Boy 3000.

USB-Powered fan made from CDs

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

USB-Powered fan made from CDsThis is pretty awesome in a Macguyver sort of way. Using a motor, USB cable, two compact discs and a paper or plastic tube, Instructables user msolek creates a sweet little USB powered fan. This is a pretty simple project and the parts are all inexpensive, so don’t be afraid to make one yourself.

To build your very own USB-powered fan, you’ll need: a motor, USB port (max. 2.5W), two compact discs, a USB cable, paper or a plastic tube. Then, just cut up the disc, prep the USB cable, and put everything together.

LEGO movie theater with working projector

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

LEGO movie theater with working projectorThis tiny LEGO movie theater is awesome. It actually features a working, very tiny movie projector. The projector works at 24 fps, so it may not be good picture quality, but Lego minifigs have a different eyesight than you have. It’s nicely detailed. Even the seats are numbered. Make sure you check out the video below.

The builder, Ricardo M. Oliv, did an awesome job. Now all he needs is full length movies and he can sell tickets to other geeks who can sit their minifigs in the seats with a miniature popcorn and soda.

The Shoebox Fightstick: Al Bundy’s mod of choice

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2009

The Shoebox Fightstick: Al Bundy's mod of choiceThings are getting really really bad in these economically tough times. The modders seem to be hit the hardest. Need evidence? How about the Tupperware arcade stick? Need more? Check out these Shoebox Fightsticks.

They were created using Xbox 360 controllers, Happ joysticks and 14 buttons…in a pair of shoeboxes for cases. On the up side, Al Bundy has moved from women’s to men’s shoes. Sadly business is slow and this is the result. It beats spending time with the wife.

Arduinocaster MIDI keytar

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

Future guitarInstrument-mods are nothing new around here. We got your Steampunk, your equipment that measures how hard you rock, even a guitar that plays Atari games. All pretty cool.

But the Arduinocaster has a unique look that separates it from the pack. It’s an Arduino-based MIDI instrument that uses switches and LEDs to control the “strings,” and an opto reflective switch for strumming. Check it out in the video below.

Ghetto mod: Tupperware Arcade Stick

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2009

Ghetto mod: Tupperware Arcade Stick This is either pure genius, or pure “I’m broke as &%#&, but that ain’t gonna stop me from making an arcade stick.” I can’t decide which. Though I can sympathize. Sometimes you just don’t have a cool case for your mod.

In that situation I usually just wait to do my mod, until I’ve found a good case rather then assault my mom’s fake tupperware. But hey, that’s just me. The controller is compatible with the PS2 as well as picnics everywhere.

Baby-Carrying Roomba

Posted in Vacuum by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2009


Ron Tajima must be the laziest dad ever. His newest Roomba project involved his son. Specifically putting his son on the contraption to be carried away like a robot sacrifice offered up to our metal masters.

He calls it the Cradloomba. Child Services calls it the “This requires a visit to your residence right now” bot. While I call it genius. Is there anything the Roomba can’t do? It’ll help you recognize that abusive relationship, gives free pet rides, now it will clean your floor and let junior floor surf at the same time.

Super Nintoaster

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

Super NintoasterThis toaster rejects bread in favor of NES titles, which are far more delicious. Created by the same modder behind the Nintoaster, this mod is just as heart healthy.

This followup is part toaster, part Super Nintendo, and is perfect for any geek kitchen. We’re hoping that the toaster/console trend keeps on keeping on, because there are still a whole bunch that need to be assimilated. Video below.

Modified Roomba detects stress, runs away from its abuser

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2009

Modified Roomba detects stress, runs away from its abuserThis modified Roomba avoids users when it detects high levels of stress. Which is good for it because otherwise it would just be willing to take your abuse if you’re the sick sort that kicks puppies, cute kitties and helpless roombas.

It was designed by researchers at the University of Calgary, who interact with the bot via a headband for gamers that detects how much muscle tension is in your face. The more tension, the more space the Roomba will put between itself and you. The idea is to explore human and machine interaction on an emotional level.

Sting Scorpion PC casemod

Posted in Cases by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2009

Sting Scorpion PC casemodThe last time we saw this much circuit board on the outside of a mod, it was my very own Atari-Hero guitar mod. So right away this caught my attention.

Modder Frenkie designed this glow-in-the-dark case mod that features strips of circuit board to give it the scorpion-inspired look. Dubbed Sting, the case features a custom cut PCB boards pattern all over the body. It looks deadly. If you’re going to build something, make it stand out and have a life of its own. Make it look like it can sting the hell out of you.

MacBook modder puts a second screen in the Apple logo

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2009


This is a pretty cool and original MacBook mod. Macmods member EdsJunk has put a full-function color LCD inside the Apple logo and hooked it up as a secondary display. There aren’t many details, so we don’t know exactly how he did it, what kind of screen was used or what it cost him.

We do know that it is awesome. He has put it up on ebay where it is currently at $2,025.00 with 8 days to go. So you still have some time to get some money together. Where the final price will be is anybody’s guess.

The Steampunk eye-Pod

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on March 13th, 2009

The Steampunk eye-PodClearly inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and created using the first generation iPod nano, this victorian eye-Pod by Doctor Grymm will have you doing a double take. All of the functionality of the iPod remains intact, and the eye-Pod can even be worn on the wrist using a leather cuff, or placed on its custom Victrola dock, made of a brass lamp and bicycle parts.

Forget the scroll wheel, all seeing eyeballs are more user friendly. The base features a Victrola horn that acts as a speaker. To charge the eye-Pod, a USB cable concealed under the base is retracted, or you can use an AC plug.

Hide your stuff in a retro NES controller

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on March 11th, 2009

nincaseLooking for a neat place to hide those game codes as well as your various tiny trinkets and doodads? Well, here it is. A trinket box in the form of an original classic NES controller.

It’s from Etsy seller GeekGear. All of the buttons are glued into place, making look just as it did before it was modified. Great for keys, spare change, a thin usb stick may even fit inside. It’s storage is a little limited since the inside plastic has not been sanded down, but we love the simplicity of it.

Cool Halo Xbox 360 diorama

Posted in Halo by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2009

Cool Halo Xbox 360 dioramaWe love Halo around these parts, so when we spotted this awesome Halo-themed Xbox 360 diorama with matching case, we had to share. It’s the work of a man named Max who was obviously working through his own Halo obsession through the project.

If you have a close look at all the pics, there’s a ton of detail. So it’s not surprise that it took two months to build in his spare time. Us, we would have just used that spare time to get our game on. Awesome work.