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Huge remote control gets you off the couch

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on March 6th, 2009

Huge remote control gets you off the couchDo you want a remote that will get you off your butt and help you shed some of those couch potato pounds? Here’s just the thing. Change the channel like playing DDR. Some creative guy with dreams of a huge remote saw an over-sized novelty remote at Brookstone and it was destiny.

He stitcheed together two PS2 Dance Dance Revolution mats, a PS2-to-PC controller converter box, and some homebrew source code. It works, but I think I’ll stick with the palm sized version. This would however be a great preventative device for those people who get so obese that they need a crane to break their wall and take them to the hospital. Video below.

Pyramid PC mod built by ancient astronauts

Posted in Cases by Conner Flynn on March 4th, 2009

Pyramid PC mod built by ancient astronautsOr is it? No one knows for sure. But is man capable of such a feat? How could man have built such a thing using only primitive tools? It may forever remain a mystery. One theory is that the Great Pyramid PC Mod was made by modder polo360x from the Techpowerup forums.

The amazing case was made from a customized Luxor Pyramid case, which itself was made from laser cut aluminum, and is a combination of black and silver aluminum. The base measures 19 by 19 inches and the case stands 25 inches tall. Some specs: CPU: Q6600 B3 OC @ 3.15 GHz (Max stable OC @ 3.4 GHz) – “water cooled”, Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L, RAM: G-Skills 4GB PC2-8000 OC @ 1066 MHz, GPU: 512 MB 8800GT Zotac AMP Editions (700 MHz Core/ 2000 Mhz Memory), HDD: 500 GB Cavier WD 300 SATA, PSU: 500 Watts Rosewill, Cooling: Thermaltake Tide water plus w/ Swiftech apogee GT CPU block.

Alien PS3 case mod

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2009

Alien PS3 case modIt’s Ripley’s console of choice. She plays it while wearing a Mech-suit just in case she has to hurl it out into space. Granted, it should feature a baby alien popping out of it’s chest somewhere, but it’s still a pretty awesome mod. We have the perfect furniture to accompany it.

This beast was created with super heated epoxy putty, that was sculpted and cooled. When the material cools it becomes as hard as metal, so it’s permanently creepy.

Guy turns HDTV into awesome digital pinball machine

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

You may have noticed that it’s difficult to find arcades these days, no matter how many hours you drive around blasting some Loverboy or Huey Lewis and the News. It ain’t the 80s. What’s a Pinball enthusiast to do? You make some killer pinball games yourself, that’s what!

Take one BadBoyBill, who happens to be the admin of the HyperSpin forums. He used an HDTV, an LCD monitor and a 3D pinball program to build his own 1080p pinball machine. Oh yeah. Now you’re drooling and thinking back to those days at the arcade. The cabinet he created recreates the whole pinball experience and he can play any game he wants on the same machine. That is genius. Absolute genius.

Homemade Steampunk lamp

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on February 26th, 2009

Homemade Steampunk lampThis Steampunk lamp would be right at home lighting up the desk of a 19th century mad scientist. It’s basic,simple and unlike some Steampunk creations, isn’t overdone and overly thought out. Creator Michael Pusateri made it from an old wooden cigar box, two 60 watt bulbs, a handful of copper wire.

He admits that he got “a little fancy” and painted the ceramic mounts with textured copper paint. And he acknowledges that he could have thrown much more steampunk at the thing, but likes the simplicity. Check out a video below.

Steampunk Frankenstein computer case mod

Posted in Computers by Conner Flynn on February 19th, 2009

Steampunk Frankenstein computer case modThere are case mods, then there are case mods. This 8 foot tall monstrosity looks like it was actually part of Frankenstein’s lab. Looks like the only thing missing is the lightning. It was created by D. Mattocks, who must have shouted “It’s alive” during completion. This thing is just bursting with Steampunk goodness.

It has all kinds of copper piping, vintage gauges and glass indicator lights from an old navy ship. Seriously HG Wells should have been buried in this thing. Everything is backlight with green cold-cathode tubes, which makes it look even more Frankenstein-like. The whole thing probably runs off of an abbey-normal brain.

Make your own solar rechargeable batteries

Posted in Solar Powered by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2009

Make your own solar rechargeable batteriesWant some batteries that you can put out in the sun and power up? Knut Karlsen constructed his very own solar rechargeable batteries that soak up the sun’s rays and convert them into power. If you want to try your hand at making some, he has documented the DIY project to create the prototype SunCat battery. If you can get your hands on some flexible solar cells.

Knut has some connections at the Institute for Energy Technology, so it wasn’t a problem for him. Basically Knut attached the solar cells to old rechargeable NiMH batteries and used contacts from an old camera to connect the negative pole to the photo voltaic cells. And just like that you have batteries that can sit out in the sun and store up energy.

VHS Toaster wins toaster format war against Bagelmax

Posted in Kitchen by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2009

VHS Toaster wins toaster format war against BagelmaxOkay. Not really. But that’s how a format war would play out with this VHS toaster. It may look like a typical Daewoo VCR, but this one takes slices of bread instead of VHS tapes.

It actually toasts the letters VHS onto the toast. It only gets better if someone makes one that toasts movie scenes onto your bread. When your VCR is toast, then by all means let it make toast. Video below.

Wall-E PC casemod is pretty awesome

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2009

Wall-E PC casemod is pretty awesomeWho knew that Wall-E ran on Windows XP? That’s how modder Jonathan Berg enviosioned it when he put together this Wall-E PC mod that features a 7-inch touchscreen monitor inside his boxy stomach.

He did a great job with detail, but it’s kinda shocking to see the bot looking so clean and brand new. Wall-E is made from custom cut Plexiglas, the arms from Logitech speakers, and even sports a webcam behind his eyes. Even cooler, he’s even been outfitted with voice recognition software, so his master can command him by voice.

NES Controller modded into a mouse

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on February 12th, 2009

NES Controller modded into a mouseSomeone has taken an old NES controller and modded it into The Compwnent USB Nintendo Controller mouse by adding a new chip and USB cable. It will work with any OS. We’re not sure how comfortable it would be to use, but it’s not like it will injure your wrist over time. Why not?

It will show up as “Compwnent USB NES Controller” on your device list and boasts a Mouse Mode. Hit A, B, Start & Select simultaneously and you can use the D-pad and A/B buttons to control mouse movement and left/right click! The NES Controller will cost you $35.

Oh The Humanity: Hello Kitty Xbox 360

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2009

Oh The Humanity: Hello Kitty Xbox 360Modding your Xbox 360 with a little paint is nothing new. The results are often unique and every bit as good as fancy high priced art as far as I’m concerned. Whether you choose Sonic the Hedgehog or a cool Domo-kun paint job, it’s all good.

However, I nearly lost my damn lunch when I saw this Hello Kitty Xbox 360. For the love of all that is holy, why? Just why? Only DeviantART user Ricepuppet knows for sure as they decorated this Xbox 360 in shades of pink as the gaming community collectively vomits a little in their mouths.

Xbox 360 arcade cabinet

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2009

Xbox 360 arcade cabinetIf you’re a serious gamer, Solomods has a custom-built Xbox 360 arcade machine that they’ll sell you for $2,250. The original Midway arcade cabinet was once The Simpsons game, but the Microsoft game console has been added and it’s been repainted and given a new monitor and front-loading disk tray, two joysticks, a 60GB hard drive, WiFi, along with display and volume control.

It also supports your favorite wireless controller. They want to sell this thing so if you order it, he’ll throw in an illustrated owners manual. It’s available for pick-up in Cleveland, Ohio. What are you waiting for?

From the maker of the Hemp-Mote: Mini-Mote and Nunchuk

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2009

From the maker of the Hemp-Mote: Mini-Mote and NunchukI’m sure you remember Dhreck’s Hemp-mote. The Wii-mote wrapped in hemp? Dhreck is obviously a madman. I mean, why? Why hemp? Why a mini-mote and nunchuk? Got me.

Dhreck has been a busy boy, modding a normal Wiimote and Nunchuk in a minimal size. For some reason. Maybe he has small hands. If you too have small hands and some extra time, he has a detailed tutorial on how you can make your own. I have to admit, the finished product looks kinda cool.

Sonic the Hedgehog on the XBox 360

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2009

Sonic the Hedgehog on the XBox 360Case mods don’t always have to involve LEDS and intense design work. Sometimes it’s cool just to keep it simple and paint a pretty picture on it. Here, someone took Sonic the Hedgehog and painted him right onto this XBox 360.

This is the kind of limited edition that Microsoft needs to be putting out there. This kind of paint job just gives your console a life of it’s own. I can almost see this Xbox sliding down rails and collecting rings when the owner isn’t home. That explains why the console is so hot when no one is playing it.

iPod Cases made from old 45 RPM records

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2009

iPod Cases made from old 45 RPM recordsNow here’s a case for your iPod that is actually interesting and looks unique. These cases are made from old 45s, with a plexiglass window and a cork liner. You have to love this merging of the old format with the new. It just makes sense. And looks damn good.

I love how you can line up the record label in various ways and the center hole of the record is lined up with the iPod’s scroll wheel of course. These awesome cases were made by Contexture Design, but sadly they are completely sold out of the 45 cases right now. You can see why.