mods

  • IBUYPOWER announces Chimera 2 to celebrate 10 years of bling

    IBUYPOWER computers aren’t exactly known for being subtle but it’s worked for them for 10 years and they are still going strong. To celebrate their anniversary, IBUYPOWER is re-releasing the Chimera 2 with all new hardware and a pretty impressive new paint job. Read More

  • Modders hard at work circumventing Xbox banning

    Were you one of the 1 million Xbox live users that got banned yesterday? Well, you might not want to go buy that new Xbox quite yet. Some of the modders (you know, the ones who got you banned in the first place) are working on a solution that returns the firmware to an almost stock configuration, which would allow you to actually use your console again. Read More

  • Old $4 Sega PC turned into real computer

    Well how do you like that? An old Sega SC-3000H from 1983 has been given new life as a fancy keyboard PC. An enterprising modder named Cuzza over in the TechPowerUp forums laid out $4 for the old-timey computer, rolled up his sleeves, and got to work. Read More

  • Motor your boat with a cordless drill

    Two questions: first, do you have a boat? Second, do you have a cordless drill? If you answered “yes” to both questions, you may be interested in the above video, which showcases a cordless drill being used to propel a boat. Read More

  • Video: Some kid makes the PSP that Sony should have made 5 years ago

    Sony would do well to hire the man who put this PSP mod together. It’s basically what the PSP should have been since Day One: a built-in camera, 32GB of flash memory, and a second analog stick. Well, you have to stretch the definition of analog stick here; it’s that nub thing. Read More

  • Use a guitar controller to play poker

    Bored? Lazy? Trendy? All of the above? You can turn a run-of-the-mill Guitar Hero or Rock Band controller into a weapon used for checking, folding, calling, raising, lowering, and more – YES! You can play online poker with a guitar controller! Finally! Read More

  • R2D2 features 8 consoles, projector

    And here we see one of the most useful implementations of an astromech droid to date. Modder Brian De Vitis gutted a novelty R2D2 beverage cooler and somehow managed to stuff eight old-school consoles inside. And – AND! – there’s a built-in projector. Very nice. Read More

  • Ping pong cannon blasts through drywall and particle board

    Protect your home or business from unwanted intruders with a pneumatic cannon that shoots water-filled ping pong balls capable of tearing holes through various materials. That, or shoot regular air-filled balls at your friends and family, leaving hilarious-yet-playful welts. Read More

  • Ancient cell phone modded into media center PC

    Now THIS, my friends, is a mod. An enterprising Finnish fellow has gutted a super old Mobira Talkman cell phone kit and installed a home theater PC inside of it. That’s impressive, yes, but what’s more impressive is that he fit a USB hub, Wi-Fi card, sound card, and a 128×128 OLED screen into the handset. Oh, and it works for VOIP calls to boot. Read More

  • Ben Heck inches closer to finishing 'Bill Paxton Pinball' machine

    When I interviewed modder extraordinaire Ben Heckendorn a couple of months ago, he mentioned that he’d been working on building a pinball machine from the ground up and that it’d be called “Bill Paxton Pinball” when all is said and done. While it’s not quite together yet, Heckendorn has made some serious progress on the actual cabinet itself, which now includes… Read More

  • Portable TurboGrafx-16 for a little nostalgia on the go

    Behold! A portable TurboGrafx-16 system. A modder named Bacteria (eewww) cobbled together a very nice-looking system called “IntoGrafx” featuring three-hour battery life and a 5.4-inch screen. The IntoGrafx plays original TurboGrafx game cards (the system uses an actual TurboGrafx board, after all) and there’s a region switch that allows you to play either Japanese or US games. Read More

  • Man hacks USB charging port into netbook battery

    Wow, this is impressive. An enterprising young man from a faraway land (the Czech Republic!) took an ordinary battery from an MSI Wind netbook and added a USB charging port to it. He can charge his iPhone twice over and the battery still works like normal in his MSI Wind. They should add USB charging ports to all batteries! Read More

  • Ben Heckendorn finishes second version of C64 laptop, will be auctioned for charity

    Modder extraordinaire, Ben Heckendorn has just finished version 2 of his Commodore 64 laptop. This one will be auctioned for charity and features an SD card reader for loading up various software (games!). Read More

  • NES controller turned iPhone dock

    Old NES controller, meet iPhone. An enterprising individual over on the iPhonefr.com forums (careful, everything is in French!) has turned one of the most iconic controllers of all time into something that holds one of the most iconic electronic gadgets of the present day. Read More

  • DIY: Old-timey Apple thumb drive

    If you’re sick — SICK! — of all these new Apple fanatics and you want to show them all that you’ve been a diehard fan since the early days, even sticking by the company through Newton and Pippin, then this thumb drive made out of an old Apple keyboard is for you. Read More

  • Video: Potato gatling gun

    A family that builds food-based weapons together stays together. Take the DeRose family — they issue themselves a “design challenge” every year around the holidays. This year’s challenge: build a potato gatling gun. [via MAKE] Read More

  • Ikea strainer turned into super Wi-Fi antenna

    An enterprising young man studying abroad in Russia has turned a run-of-the-mill strainer from Ikea into a Wi-Fi super antenna using little more than the aforementioned strainer, a marker, and SKOTCH tape. Read More

  • Netbook built into SNES, cartridge used as slot-loading DVD drive

    Someone has FINALLY answered the age-old question: Is it possible to build an Acer Aspire One netbook into an old Super Nintendo and have optical discs loaded through an old Super Mario World cartridge? The answer is yes. Let’s call it the Snespire One, shall we? Read More

  • Man's arrest for Barrel Monster stunt exposes ridiculously high barrel pricing

    Have you ever driven down the highway when there’s construction work going on and wondered who makes all the money from selling the orange barrels used to block off lanes? That’s a lot of barrels. So many barrels, in fact, that a student at NC State in Raleigh, North Carolina helped himself to three of them and constructed this most-excellent Barrel Monster. Read More

  • CrunchGear Interview: Ben Heckendorn

    I recently sat down with the king of gadget modders, Benjamin J. Heckendorn. Read More