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Modder hacks PSP for DualShock 2 control

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 13th, 2009

Modder hacks PSP for DualShock 2 controlAs far as DIY projects go, we never thought we would see a DualShock 2 controller hooked up to a PSP, but here it is, proving that if you can think it up, it will happen. It allows one to control Sony’s portable console from a distance, or at least from as far as the cable (Or your eyesight) permits.

What’s neat here is that this is a 100% detachable solution. It’s the work of a French modder by the name of Flasheur, who refuses to be told how and with what controller he can play by the likes of Sony.

Neo Geo mini arcade cabinet mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 10th, 2009

Neo Geo mini arcade cabinet modPocket Lucho is known for building awesome mini-arcade cabinets using vintage game consoles. And after spending five months perfecting an earlier Neo Geo cabinet design, he has posted some detailed info on this awesome project.

He used a Neo Geo MVS mv1b board, 5-inch PSOne LCD, and Space Invaders Play TV controls. He attached the control panel and the PS one display with magnets make the wiring more accessible, and check out that detailed exterior design. Amazing work all around.

Steampunk USB flash drive

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 9th, 2009

Steampunk USB flash driveThis Steampunk USB Flash Drive looks a little more authentic than some others. This one was created by a Russian modder, using some cogs, screws and a brass pipe.

You can easily picture this one attached to a victorian laptop, had they had such things. You can load your plans for all of your Steampunk creations on this drive and keep them safe in style. If you think you have the skill and want to make your own flash drive with a similar look, full instructions are available at English Russia.

Wiimote and iPhone get together via Bluetooth

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 5th, 2009

Here’s a great hack that will merge your iPhone and your Wiimote. This is an OpenGL ES demo showing a Wiimote paired with the iPhone, using Bluetooth. The iPhone can then track the Wiimote’s orientation in real time. Pretty sweet.

It will be interesting to see what evolves from this project. Maybe one day soon you will be playing a smaller version of Wii games on your iPhone. Maybe Nintendo and Apple can get together and make games that use both a Wiimote and your iPhone…Like that could happen.

TurboGrafx-16 gets modded into a custom portable

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2009

TurboGrafx-16 gets modded into a custom portable Why bother dusting off that old TurboGrafx console when you can just build your own portable version? Not everyone has the skills, but that’s what modder “Bacteria” did.

Dubbed the IntoGrafx, this portable allows you to play TurboGrafx and PC-Engine HUcard games using the original hardware and original game carts, not emulation. This one weighs in at just 750g and measures 215 x 135 x 55mm. As usual he did an awesome job. That was a fun console to play back in the day.

LEGO coffee table foosball

Posted in lego by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2009

LEGO coffee table foosballLEGO fans who are also foosball fans will love this one. This LEGO Coffee Table Foosball Table features custom minifigs and an authentic “faux” oak woodgrain finish. The creator says that he still has to tweak some of the finer details, but it looks pretty amazing. Much nerdier and cooler than the Barbie Foosball table.

The only question we have is, how durable is this? It has some amazing detail and looks like a lot of fun. The pirate flag is a nice touch. Now, who will battle him in the first official LEGO foosball championship? You know it’s coming. Better keep an eye out and get your tickets.

Tweetster Twitter display

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2009

Tweetster Twitter displayWe’ve seen Twitter displays, but David Nichols’ Tweetster seems like a step above the rest with it’s laser-cut wooden parts and open design. The OpenWRT project and an ASUS Wireless Router WL-520-GU provide the functionality. The WiFi router uses OpenWRT to run Python from a USB flash drive in back. The setup automatically retrieves the latest 20 messages from his followers, displaying them on the serial LCD.

The downside of course, is that you can’t follow links to articles, see TwitPic images or even reply. But if you are only following a few select people, this could be a cool desk toy.

Xbox 360 Lara Croft case

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2009

Xbox 360 Lara Croft caseI know, you can never have too much Lara Croft right? And since I haven’t heard of a new Tomb Raider game on the horizon, I’m sure you Lara Croft fans would love to get your hands on this Lara Croft themed Xbox 360 case.

This mod sports 43,000 colorful crystals and is sadly only available in Germany. You’ll need to raid your bank to come up with the $11,000 necessary to get your hands on this one. Yeah, I hear ya. Maybe if it showed more of her body it would be worth it, right? Seriously, stop wearing out your DVD version by pausing it on the action scenes, hoping to get a glimpse of Angelina Jolie’s nipples. You can’t afford this.

Homemade portable 8-Track player

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on July 23rd, 2009

Homemade portable 8-Track playerThe 8-Track may be long dead, but it’s not forgotten. Just ask Cheap Trick. It lives on in the hearts and minds of a generation that loved Disco, turntables and Three’s Company.

And while a portable 8-track walkman seems like a ridiculous idea, someone has actually gone and done it. Of course, it isn’t tiny, but it’s probably the most portable 8-track player ever made. At least that we know of.

The Prism: A Laser Synth-Guitar

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2009

The Prism: A Laser Synth-GuitarWhat do you get when you combine a guitar, a synthesizer and lasers? No, not a Pink Floyd concert. The Prism, which is a laser synth-guitar. The Prism is pretty unique in the world of of laser guitars and includes aspects of a Theremin and a laser harp for some really cool sounds.

The Prism features a voltage controlled oscillator and uses four laser beams as strings. It can apparently be played without the need for any programming. It’s designed to be attached to a regular guitar amp, with no computer needed. Check out a demo below.

Vacuum Tube flash drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2009

Vacuum Tube flash driveVacuum tubes powered a whole bunch of gadgets in the past. They even continue to show up in or on our gadgets today. So what could be cooler than a Vacuum tube flash drive? Thanks to the folks at CF14 Industries we now have real Vacuum Tube Flash Drives.

It took some trial and error, but at last they got the interior of a 512MB thumb drive inside of a vacuum tube. The end result looks pretty awesome and should make your laptop look a bit more steampunk. Hit the link and see if you’d like to try it yourself.

Super Nintendo nightmare console

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2009

http://technabob.com/blog/2009/07/14/game-over-snes-casemod-from-a-clearly-disturbed-mind/Your eyes will never be the same after taking in this abomination. Someone should put it out of it’s misery, but since it is fueled by the souls of all your past dead Mario lives, it remains undead. You can’t kill it, you can’t reason with it and it’s ugliness can not be stopped.

At night this thing even glows in the dark, looking spooky as hell, where it comes from. It’s still fully functional. It’s appropriately called the Game Over SNES.

Nintendo DS/Sony PSP arcade cabinet throws portability out the window

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

Nintendo DS/Sony PSP arcade cabinet throws portability out the windowDid I miss something? I must have because I thought the whole idea of having portables was to, well have portability. You know, devices where you give up some graphics for the ability to play anywhere. So why would anyone want to make an arcade cabinet that plays DS/PSP games?

Just because they can. And I guess that’s good enough reason for any crazy mod. I may not understand why, but I gotta hand it to them, it’s unique. Check out a video below while I scratch and shake my head.

Ben Heck’s latest portable Xbox 360

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on July 5th, 2009

Ben Heck's latest portable Xbox 360After five versions, Ben Heck’s portable Xbox 360 mods are still awesome. He just keeps getting better and better. This latest version looks like a Mac product when closed, and features a 17-inch Gateway LCD panel. Some improvements on this one include a Jasper motherboard, a flush-mount DVD door and side panels, digital potentiometer / button volume controls, and an ethernet port in addition to WiFi.

He ditched the camera, but there’s still two USB ports. It’s the only white-colored Xbox 360 laptop he’s built since the original. The man continues to be the Leonardo DaVinci of gaming consoles.

Fully-functional LEGO combination safe

Posted in lego by Conner Flynn on July 5th, 2009

Fully-functional LEGO combination safeRemember that cool working Lego safe we featured awhile back? Well now somebody has created a fully functional Lego combination safe. Just put all of your valuables in this thing and they will be…well, not safe really. We’re talking Legos. But it might be fun to build one.

Just follow Merijn van Wouden’s lead and the link for detailed step-by-step instructions and a cool video to show how the mechanisms work. Hey, you gotta put your monopoly money somewhere.