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Modder turns Nintendo Game and Watch into portable TV

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

Modder turns Nintendo Game and Watch into portable TVThe Nintendo Game and Watch is fun, but the replay value really sucks. So why not turn it into a TV? Inside this gutted Nintendo Game and Watch Donkey Kong Jr. is a mini television, complete with LCD display.

The only problem seems to be that there wasn’t any room to keep the TV’s front-mounted speakers in place, so sound is provided by a ginormous external speaker that’s about 3 times the size of the Game and Watch. I dub thee Nintendo Game and Watch and TV and Speaker.

Egg printer makes the best Easter eggs

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

Egg printer makes the best Easter eggsIf you’re getting bored with eating eggs, why not spice things up with this fancy egg printer. Those plain white shells will soon be festive. The Egg Drawer puts pretty pictures on that incredible edible canvas.

With this and the Scan Toaster, your entire breakfast can be a work of art. Sadly, we can’t find any details for this thing, just the Flickr photostream. We need more of these by Easter next year. Looks like you can swap out any color marker for another.

Hot Wheels: Margarita Madness

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2009

The coolest thing my Hot Wheels cars ever did was go in loops real fast and lose a little paint with each crash. What you see above is a hot wheels track that was hacked into a margarita dispenser. The track is set up with a series of microswitches and a Basic Stamp 1 board to communicate that your Hot Wheels cars have completed the tricks performed.

That’s when this system rewards you as a 12-volt pump fills up the margarita cup from the pre-mixed gas can full of alcohol. I’m guessing the more you play this game, the funner it gets. It’s the new nerd drinking game of choice for modders and Hot Wheels enthusiasts alike.

100 MPG Hummer H3

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2009

100 MPG Hummer H3This article is bound to confuse you. I mean, we are used to hating on Hummers because they are mega gas hogs. They basically roll around on four wheels and destroy the Earth right? Well, yeah. But this one gets an amazing 100 MPG.

It’s a modified electric Hummer H3 that manages to outdo even a Prius. My one question is this. Is it still okay to make fun of Hummers, or does this change everything? I know you get sick just seeing the familiar SUV form, but 100 MPG!

Guy builds working Batman Forever Batmobile in his garage

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2009

Guy builds working Batman Forever Batmobile in his garageIf you’re a Batman fan, you can always go the usual route and collect figures, comics and little die-cast cars. Or you could get off your butt and build an actual working Batmobile. That’s what sculptor Bob Causey did. He built this working Batman Forever replica in his garage.

It’s actually drivable, with or without a costume and sidekick. It’s got a ton of great detail. Including a full-interior, retractable hard top, and three LCD displays. It takes a true Batman fan to build something like this.

Steampunk light switch plates

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

Steampunk light switch platesHere’s a new and interesting way to geek up your home. Make it look just a little more steampunk with these Steampunk light switch plates. You might as well. They go with your bowler hat and handlebar mustache. We have just one request. Stop asking people to address you as Mr. Jules Verne. It’s kinda creepy.

Sadly you can’t buy these ready-made. But if you want them, there are instructions on how to create one of these for yourself. There are a variety of types you can create in various degrees of building difficulty. Hey why not?

VHS cassette turned into a USB drive

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

VHS casette turned into a USB driveWe aren’t sure why…this exists. We can only guess that some of you have already grown nostalgic about your old VHS cassette tapes. It’s a super easy mod, should you want one for yourself. If you love VHS so much, you can probably just pluck one of these off your entertainment center.

A little work and presto, you’ve got a USB storage device that looks like a VHS tape with a wire tail. It’s super easy. You are basically just connecting the USB cable to a thumb drive inside the tape, wiring some circuit board and that’s it. Total cost is $10-15. Video below.

Twitter brain interface

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Twitter brain interfaceDo your fingers get tired from excessive tweets? Well, there’s help on the way. Just use brain power to send messages via Twitter without lifting a finger. You can thank Adam Wilson, who has come up with a brain interface that allows you to post Twitter messages with no hands. Though you will have to wear the dorky electrode cap.

The display shows individual letters and when the user focuses on a letter, it will type it. It’s slower than using a keyboard, but soon it should get faster. Who wants to use their fingers anyway? That’s so last century.

Forget steampunk, check out the Art Deco keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Forget steampunk, check out the Art Deco keyboardI always wondered why more modders don’t go for the Art Deco look. I mean Steampunk is awesome when done right, but Art Deco is just as cool. It figures that it would be Datamancer who bridges the gap. They created this awesome Steampunk keyboard, and now are into art deco. It’s about time too.

Hit the link for more pics. Take it all in visually. Then you tell me if Art Deco is making a comeback. If you have a pulse, then you’ll know that the answer is yes.

Pip-Berry 3000

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2009

Pip-Berry 3000The Blackberry does some things that Apple can’t. User defined homescreens. A clever modder skinned a Pip-Boy theme for the device, which is cool. Even cooler, it actually functions, where the iPod Touch mod is just for show.

If you have a BlackBerry and want this, you can pick it up over at Crackberry in green and blue. The creator, sadosdemetrios, would appreciate your donations. Who would have thought that Vault Boy would make it to so many other devices?

Steampunk Segway

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on April 17th, 2009

Steampunk SegwayThe Steampunk Segway aka Legway, has some trouble making turns, according to the creator, but if you can’t afford a real Segway, this is a cheap DIY alternative. Of course you’ll have to provide all of the power yourself. At least that makes it eco-friendly.

If you want to try your hand at making one, head over to Instructables and make your own Legway. Then prepare to feel the burn. Before you know it, you’ll be saving up for the real deal. Because pedal power is for the birds.

Xbox 360 turned into an arcade stick

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on April 16th, 2009

Xbox 360 turned into an arcade stickWhen life hands you lemons, make lemonade. When life deals the dreaded RRoD to your Xbox, make an arcvade stick out of that sucker. That’s just what one guy did. When his Xbox 360 went all RRoD, he gutted it and like a gaming phoenix rising from the ashes, transformed it into a functioning arcade stick.

He’s so proud, he’s holding up his name in the pic and proclaiming that he Rox all Wile E. Coyote style. Yes you do Seppun. You rox. You now have the coolest arcade stick on your block.

Speak n’ Spell Rock Band guitar

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

Speak n' Spell Rock Band guitarThis guitar caught my eye right away. As far as guitar mods go, it’s pretty darn crazy. Crazier then the Atari-Hero. What kind of mind combines a Speak n’ Spell with a Rock Band guitar? This guy in the video below, that’s who.

It’s called the Speak n’ Spellbinder. The sounds from the Speak ‘n Spell are all mapped to the frets, strum button and even the whammy bar. In the video below, modder Aj Gannon never really loses his cool and starts rocking hardcore, much to our disappointment. If you can even rock out to such noise.

Truth wristband keeps you honest

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2009

Truth wristband keeps you honestIf you have trouble telling the truth and everyone around you knows it, you may find yourself wearing this wristband one day soon. The Truth Wristband Kit costs $45 and is a wearable lie detector type device.

It measures your galvanic skin response, which is a marker used in lie detector tests to determine truthfulness. The lights turn from blue to red depending on the users truthfulness. It’s a pretty easy project should you have a worthy subject to test it on.

Steam powered iPod charger

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2009

Steam powered iPod chargerOne day after the robots have had their way with us and the zombies have attacked, you’ll be glad you have your trusty steam powered iPod charger. How else are you going to listen to your tunes, with civilization as you know it destroyed?

The creator attached a Lego Technic Motor to a Jensen #75 steam engine to make this crude generator. Then he built a 5V regulator circuit and soldered in a female USB connection to power any USB device. The end result is a steam powered iPod charger. What does this mean? This guy will be chilling with tunes while you are fending off zombies who want some brain food.