Dreamcast Boombox casemod crams one classic into another

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2010

Turn that trash down! But dad I’m just playing video games. On my boombox. Modder XCKDIY has created the awesomely retro Dreamcast Boombox casemod. The Dreamcast console has been jammed into a portable boombox, and he installed a front-facing LCD as well.

The Dreamcast’s drive has even been integrated into the player’s original drive tray, keeping it all authentic. The four controller ports are in the front, so you can easily hook up your controllers for some multiplayer gaming.

Projector gets strapped to a Wii-gun

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 13th, 2010

Man, try not to get sick watching the video below. This projector strapped to a Wii-gun is pretty damn cool. It comes from Nirav Patel, who decided to take first-person shooting to the next level. He has combined a Wiimote Zapper, a handheld ShowWX laser projector and a gyrometer to display a screen wherever the Zapper is pointing.

Patel calls it a “glasses-free virtual reality first-person shooter,”. With it, he can look around and navigate the game-world just by moving the Zapper and using its joystick. Right now the game is running off of Patel’s laptop, with his controller tethered to it. Oh and he’s wearing the laptop on his back. I would love to see where else he can take this.

Nintendo Home Theater PC casemod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2010

What would a HTPC have looked like circa 1985 if Nintendo had made one? You’re looking at it. If you have a spare NES system at home, why not make one yourself? That’s what this person on Etsy has done. This mod uses a Zotac motherboard, dual-core 1.66GHz Intel Atom N330, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and 2GB RAM stuffed into the original NES casing.

That’s a whole lot more powerful than the original NES system. There’s also an Ethernet port, Wi-Fi b/g/n and a 4GB flash drive with Ubuntu 9.10 installed.

The Smartphone Guitar

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 9th, 2010


This guy created a music app and installed it on multiple Android and WinMo phones, and even an iPod Touch. Then taped them together to make a bizarre looking guitar, on which he can play Cracklin’ Rose.

It wasn’t easy. He ended up writing it three times: in java for android, in C# for windows mobile and in Objective-C for iPhone. To play them all at once, he just taped them on a piece of wood together with a battery powered speaker, then added lots of audio cables.

iPad in a kitchen cabinet

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

The iPad is a pretty versatile piece of tech. It’s also very portable. That is, if you don’t put it in your kitchen cabinet. Then portability goes out the window. Still, the iPad as the centerpiece of your kitchen makes sense. TUAW reader Alan Daly built his directly into the side of a kitchen cabinet, and we can only imagine all of the recipes he’s cooking up.

His screen displays a virtual aquarium when not in use, and don’t worry, it’s above the point of food splattering all over it. Basically, you just cut a hole and add a pair of wooden strips for support. We aren’t sure how he keeps it charged.

Portable N64 looks awesome

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

Modder Bacteria is back with this super small iNto64, his rescaled version of Nintendo’s classic N64 console. So, it looks like it came from Fisher Price. So what? The project took four months to complete, but in the end it was well worth it. It features built-in speakers, a five-inch LCD screen, will deliver about three hours of playtime and even has a rumble ability.

You can even make one for yourself since the modder has provided step-by-step instructions and video tutorials here. Go on, give it a try.

Game Boy with a Game Boy Advance inside

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2010

A game Boy with a Game Boy inside? It’s like a modern day version of one of those Russian nesting dolls. It’s mind-boggling. The device uses the chassis of an original Game Boy to hold the guts of a Game Boy Advance.

We have no idea why the creator undertook this mod, but we love it. This mod even features a rechargeable battery. We aren’t sure where the shoulder buttons are located. Pretty awesome mod.

Lego Nikon IR remote

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2010

Who says camera gear has to all look the same. If you want to add some geeky style into your picture taking world, check this out. It looks nothing like camera gear. Instead it looks like a Lego creation.

Because that is what it is. This person has jammed a compact IR remote for his sister’s Nikon into a simple yellow Lego brick. Your subjects won’t know what to think when you use this in your next photo shoot.

Hard Drive turned into a bench sander

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

DIYers all know about using a Dremmel, but sometimes what you need is a bench sander. Suppose you don’t have one? Well, just use an old hard drive. It turns out they make a pretty handy bench sander. This DIYer opened up an older hard drive, removed the read head, and added a piece of cut sand paper.

Yes, it doesn’t seem like it would do much, but check out the video below. Just hook it up to your bench supply and you’ve got a small sander ready to use.

Flamethrowing scooter fries tailgaters

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2010

These idiots who love to tailgate are so annoying. If only there was a way to back them up. Over in England, Colin Fruze has found a way to keep drivers at bay. The solution was simple and elegant. A flamethrower built into the tail of his scooter.

Anyone who dares to drive too close is flame broiled. At first, the flamethrower was installed on his BMX bike, but now it’s activated with the simple touch of a button on his scooter. The flames shoot out 12 feet behind the vehicle.

Steampunk Stormtrooper helmet

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2010

Had Luke worn this helmet when rescuing Princess Leia she would have said, “Aren’t you a little Steampunk to be a Stormtrooper?” It would have been a whole different movie had the Stormtroopers looked like this.

This Steampunk Stormtrooper Helmet is just plain awesome and menacing in a whole different way from the usual sterile white. That top area makes it look as if the Empire has been swapping some brains between troopers too.

Xbox 360 laptop mod on eBay for $2,000

Posted in Xbox 360 Elite by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2010

Now this is no Ben Heck masterpiece, but modder TheTwoJ’s Xbox 360 laptop is still pretty sweet. And if you want to get your hands on it, you can bid for it on eBay for a starting price of $1,950.

That’s less than it cost the modder to make. He spent over $2,000 and 650 hours making the X-top and it has been as it’s been tested for problems for the last three months. It’s made from an Xbox Elite Jasper system, with a 120GB hard drive and 17-inch Gateway monitor. There’s also an Xbox Live camera in there, and it even comes with 12 months of Gold Live membership, a wireless 360 controller, Xbox Live headset and a custom power supply.

Millennium Falcon Dreamcast

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2010

She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts. Very true. Especially when you cram a Sega Dreamcast into a Millennium Falcon toy. User “Pezzapoo” of the Ben Heck forums sure made this one look good.

The DC game port facia fit into the toy with only about a millimeter to spare. That’s when he knew it was magic. In case you were wondering, two side docking ring fans keep the hot DC from melting. Anytime some modder puts a console in a Star Wars ship, somewhere far far away, an X-Wing gets it’s wings.

Flip-top GameCube portable

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2010

Gamecube is probably one of my least favorite gaming consoles. But had it looked like this, I would have given it more attention. Techknott built this shiny eye-catching portable, with it’s mirrored finish. The flip top design keeps the optical drive hidden and everything looking sleek.

As you can see, it’s prone to smudges, which we don’t mind a bit, so long as those smudges come from our hands. The design is really eye-catching and looks like it could have easily been mass-produced in the past.

Old Nintendo NES carts turned into Harmonicas

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

If you grew up playing NES games back in the 80′s, then you know that you had to blow on the NES cartridges to get it to recognize a game. Ahh memories. The one console that strengthened our lungs and our fingers.

Well, one modder is using that nostalgia to turn a profit with a clever mod. Seller nes_harmonica has turned some old NES cartridges into actual working harmonicas and put them on eBay. Right now you can get Dick Tracy, Legend of Zelda and Super Mario 3 with starting bids of just $7.