Fireplace computer casemod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 8th, 2010

Winter. It’s the time of year when sitting by the fire not only warms your body, but seems to warm your soul. But what if you don’t have a fireplace? Well, you could make your own fireplace in your computer case.

This LCD screen with a computer behind it may not throw off much heat, but just the sight of it might help on a cold night. It’s better than nothing. And anyway it looks great. This thing is hot. Pun intended. The case was recently on display at the PDXLAN 16.5 event over in Portland.

iFan keeps your iPhone juiced using wind

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 3rd, 2010

We’ve seen our share of chargers for the iPhone, but the iFan is…different. It features a huge fan on top. The creator of this mod claims that it took him six hours to charge the phone, which probably is a little longer than most of us are willing to wait.

Still, if you are desperate for a charge and have lots of wind, it could come in handy. The designer thinks he can even reduce a few charging hours by redesigning the fan blades. Holding it out of a car window might help to.

Dell Streak SNES controller dock

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2010

Check out this Dell Streak with an SNES controller dock. The Dell Streak’s ability to work with standard USB keyboards also allows it to work with a modified SNES controller. We never thought we would see the day when these two gadgets combined.

The controller has basically been turned into a keyboard. This one comes from modder 0TheRain0. Yes, it is fully functional and totally awesome. This is the coolest mod we’ve seen in a while.

NES Light Gun iPhone Dock

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 26th, 2010

This looks like a light gun with a rear-view mirror attached, but it’s actually a NES light gun modded into an iPhone dock. We thought we had seen everything, but this is a new one. Though we can’t say we’re surprised. What did surprise us was the Christmassy background.

If you absolutely need an NES light gun iPhone Dock in your life, it will set you back $30. Not bad considering that you didn’t need to do the work.

ArcadeDock turns your Lenovo laptop into a retro arcade cabinet

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

The ArcadeDock Laptop Dock is an awesome mod. It’s a half-height arcade machine, with retro art, the necessary joystick and large buttons and a secret place for a touchpad-equipped keyboard. Basically it is designed to hold an IdeaPad Y560, and when connected via USB, it functions just like any arcade cabinet.

Pretty awesome. Though it looks pretty uncomfortable to play. Still, it’s worth any back pain you might endure to play a lenovo Ideapad through a Street Fighter 4 emblazoned arcade cabinet.

Ben Heck turns Xbox 360 ‘Slim’ into a laptop

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2010

Ben Heck‘s latest creation may not look all that slim, but it is smaller than his 2009 version by 1.5-inches and an inch shorter. This latest version now has an internal power supply and is even quieter than before.

The system has the usual touch power and eject buttons and the display is a 17-inch Gateway LCD that manages a full 720p.

Iron Man Xbox 360 on Ebay

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2010

We’ve seen plenty of painted and modded Xbox 360s in our day, even an Xbox 360 laptop, but until now we’ve never seen what Tony Stark’s Xbox 360 looks like.

And thanks to Zachariah Perry Cruse, we now know. It looks just like his armor. The design student spent his summer vacation creating his very own Iron Man Xbox 360. It’s not the slim 360 console, but it has a 120GB hard drive and an HDMI socket. Why not place a bid?

Voting machine plays Pac-Man

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 22nd, 2010

Voting machines are pretty unreliable and prone to being easily hacked, so it wasn’t that hard to hack this Sequoia AVC EDGE voting machine to play Pac-Man. Pac-Man isn’t all that different from politics anyway. You have one bloated yellow bastard gobbling up all of the wealth and resources, while we all play the ghosts who try to stop them.

The machine has had it’s memory card formatted, installing DOS and MAME. It has had it’s share of rigged votes, no doubt, but now it can right that wrong by providing some fun.

Millennium Falcon Guitar rocks the Cantina

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2010

We’ve seen some sweet ass guitars round these parts, but nothing compares to this Millenium Falcon guitar. It was created by one Travis S, who knows how to meld guitar with ship like a true master.

This thing may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts. It even lights up just like the real Falcon. Now all he needs is some alien friends with saxophones and he can rock the Cantina with this thing. It is fully functional.

Portable Atari console the size of a Gameboy

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on June 27th, 2010

We love us some good old fashioned Atari mods around here and this is maybe the neatest we’ve seen in some time. This portable Atari is small enough to pass itself off as a Gameboy.

The core system is an Atari Flashback 2, an embedded system with a few built-in games. But without the cartridge slot it wouldn’t be the mod it is, allowing the owner to play any game he wants. Not sure about the color though. An Atari mod should be wood grain.

Build your own white iPhone 4

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on June 27th, 2010

If you were stoked about getting yourself a white iPhone 4, but don’t want to wait until late July, you can always opt to build your own.

Engadget has done just that. They have assembled a white iPhone 4 with third-party parts and it looks just awesome. Sure, it’s missing an earpiece grill, lens cover, LED diffusor, and a white Home button, but it’s pretty cool.

Steampunk Arduino Watch plays Breakout, may actually get worn

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on June 13th, 2010

Another day, another Arduino-based gadget. But this one is actually something you will want to wear. The Arduino Watch: Steampunk Edition has temperature, range finding, and trackball input while displaying time, games, and more with its 128 by 128 pixel OLED 16 bit display.

It plays Breakout and has the ability to display time in digital, analog or binary. Other sensors and programs can be added if you like. It can be made for around $250.

iPod nano gets modded to play inside 8-track player

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on June 7th, 2010

It’s been some time since we’ve used 8-Tracks. Here’s something that can hopefully make them cool again. This modder has made a Beach Boys deck connect to his iPod nano, complete with a headphone socket and USB port on the front for portability and charging.

When you plug it in, the 8-track transfers iPod signals into the source for plug-and-play awesomeness. So now you have an 8-track that holds 500 songs. Your daddy’s eight track didn’t do that.

Circular Lego saw really works

Posted in lego by Conner Flynn on June 6th, 2010


A saw made out of Lego bricks, but with a real blade is a hospital trip just waiting to happen. This thing really works. So I hope they’ve alerted the local ER. This Lego saw can cut through a 2×4, so limbs should be no problem.

Just to be extra safe, the tips have been removed from the blade and it’s set to stop if you touch it. But still. I don’t trust this Lego saw one bit. But it is a cool creation. I’m now looking forward to the Lego nail gun and jackhammer. Once those are ready, I can make my own Lego themed construction site where our hard hats snap onto our heads and the buildings are many colored bricks.

Glow In The Dark Tron NES case mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2010

We love a good console mod around here and this amazing NES console mod by Thretris is a good example. It’s a Tron inspired glow-in-the-dark Nintendo Entertainment System complete with an upgraded stereo sound system and detailing to replicate the Tron look.

The whole thing glows under black light very brightly and charges to then glow without blacklight , but softer. You can actually own this one if you want it, for $250 and it comes with the original power adaptor, RF switch, and controller.