Half-Life 2 PC case mod looks pretty awesome

Posted in Cases by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

Half-Life 2 PC case mod looks pretty awesomeThis Half-Life 2 case mod is a real looker. It was created by “Geno” and was part of the “Beat This” case mod contest. What’s amazing about it, aside from it’s good looks, is that it was constructed in under two weeks… From scratch.

The custom PC is fitted with a water cooling system and three fans to keep the air circulation going and keep everything cool. It’s one of the coolest mods we’ve seen lately. His wife even got in on the action and helped with some of the modding. Which is probably a good thing, because during those two weeks that it took to build, he was also busy getting married and having a honeymoon.

Super Mario Land etched on an Eee PC

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2009

Super Mario Land etched on an Eee PCForget tattooing yourself up with robots. Tattoo your laptop instead. The guy who did this is obviously a big fan of Super Mario Land on the Game Boy. We have to give him some props here. The fact that he actually went to the trouble of laser-etching every level of the game in sequence across his Eee PC is sheer brilliance. It leaves us drooling and wanting to etch something, anything, real bad.

According to Chris, it’s creator, “Last night I laser-etched the top of my Eee PC with the complete level maps of Super Mario Land (on the Game Boy). Everything from the familiar layouts of 1-1 to the climactic battle with Tatanga in the clouds at the end of 4-3 is represented in the etching. This was made possible with the laser cutter at NYC Resistor in Brooklyn, where you can go to get your laptop etched too! I set the laser in raster mode at 70% speed and 40% power to achieve this look.”

DIY Grenade MP3 player is the bomb

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2009

DIY Grenade MP3 player is the bombObviously you shouldn’t try this at home. It’s not a real smart idea to start modding live grenades. This one was an inert hand grenade, therefore the creator still walks among us. Ingredients? 1 inert grenade, a 1GB Sansa MP3 player and a hacksaw. That’s all you need.

If this sort of lethal DIY project interests you, you can try your hand at making one. Just don’t lose your hand…er…arm. Torso. It looks like a fairly simple build and a basic description can be found in the link below if you want to have a look. This is one of those Field of Dreams deals. You know, “If you build it, they will come”. They, being the FBI, local police, Homeland Security etc.

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.

Apple Clock made from Mac G4 side panel

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on January 8th, 2009

Apple Clock made from Mac G4 side panelIf you love the Earth, you probably recycle. Paper, bottles, cans, your Mac G4… Etsy seller “Pixelthis” created this neat looking clock from an old Mac G4 side panel. It’s simple, minimal, even modern looking.

The Mac G4 clock features a quartz drive movement and runs on a AA battery. The seller also makes clocks from the Apple G4 computer front cover, Old Hitachi Turntables, HDDs, Computer CD drives and more. If you’re a Mac fanboy and can’t live without it, the G4 clock will cost you $59.00.

Famicom cartridge becomes a Digital Camera

Posted in Digital Cameras by Conner Flynn on January 5th, 2009

Famicom cartridge becomes a Digital CameraIf you have a Final Fantasy III cartridge laying around collecting dust, maybe you can make like this guy and gut it so that it can be merged with a Sony point-and-shoot digital camera. It’s pretty neat looking. Turns out a Sony point-and-shoot camera is just the right size to fit inside a hollowed out cartridge, so the camera innards have been fitted into the cartridge perfectly. Like it was professionally done.

We’ve seen our share of DIY projects made from old Nintendo cartridges, but this one is really sexy. It’s what a camera should look like. It will void your warranty, so only do this when it runs out.

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.

Star Wars clock has a starship on every hour

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on January 1st, 2009

Star Wars clock has a starship on every hourThis fun clock features a different starship or fighter on every hour of the clock, handmade by Etsy seller YOUgNeek, and you can order a customized version. They used tiny action fleet Micro Machine battleships and vessels. The ships are specially re-finished in a pewter color scheme so that they’ll match the clock’s chrome finish.

If you want different Star Wars vehicles, just request them and have $89.99 ready. I’m guessing that a Star Trek version is coming soon.

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.