• It's a wiimote swaddled in hemp – what?

    What else is there to say? It’s a wiimote that’s been extensively wrapped in hemp string, or yarn, or whatever it’s called. Now personally, I respect hemp but I don’t like to wear or eat it — they had hemp chips in Trader Joe’s yesterday and I went with flaxseed. Its creator calls it the hempmote, which makes it sound like a little tiny mote of hemp. If… Read More

  • Replace the MSI Wind’s touchpad for $8

    Apparently MSI has recently swapped out the Synaptics touchpad on the MSI Wind with a touchpad from Sentellic. What’s the difference, you might ask? Well, that thing you’re able to do with Synaptics touchpads where you gently stroke your finger up and down the right-hand side of the pad to scroll up and down web pages and documents isn’t available on the Sentellic models… Read More

  • That's a lot of Macquariums

    I remember hearing about a few of these back in the day, but I never knew it was a full-blown community. This gallery at The Apple Collection has a ton of great aquarium mods for classics, old iMacs, and… is that a Newton? All the tutorials seem to have had their hosting pulled a long time ago, which speaks to the timeliness of this post, but anything’s possible with bit of caulk… Read More

  • Pimp my TI-84

    This enterprising individual appears to have LED-ed out his graphing calculator. Why, you ask? Because you need to be in character when you play Drug Wars. White and Nerdy!
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  • ‘Wii 64’ is a Nintendo 64-infused Wii

    How’s this for ingenuity? USA! USA! USA! In what can only be described as the ultimate in convergence devices, some guy on eBay is selling a Wii with a Nintendo 64 cartridge slot that actually plays real games. What’s most impressive is that the whole thing looks pretty natural, with the slight exception of the side panel jutting outwards a bit to make room for the N64 controller port. Read More

  • Thingiverse: A repository for DIY schematics

    Recently-launched is billed as “a place to share digital designs that can be made into real, physical objects” and contains various files (mostly vector graphics, schematics, etc.) for things as simple as a gravity-defying belt hook, the somewhat more involved (but still pretty easy) DIY laptop stand seen above, or the complicated-looking stepper motor circuit diagram. Read More

  • Video: The DIY SNES digital clock

    Here’s another “because you can” mod. It’s an SNES turned into a digital clock, perfect for showing off your tinkering skills. A video of it in action? Why not? Read More

  • Portable SNES mod retains original controller design Look! It’s a portable Super Nintendo Entertainment System that looks like an oversized Super Nintendo Entertainment System controller! It’s understandably a tad on the thick side – about double the depth of a SNES cartridge – but you get some good old fashioned retro gaming on the go. It was designed by someone in… Read More

  • Xbox controller has all its buttons moved to the back

    Personally, I can’t imagine using a controller where all the buttons are on the back; I have enough trouble keeping the top and bottom trigger buttons on controllers separated in my head without the whole ABXY combo spread out back there. That doesn’t seem to be a problem for this guy, however, as he has expertly modified his controller to both switch all the face buttons to the… Read More

  • Overclock your DS lite with this custom case

    One thing I’ve found when playing emulated NES, SNES, and GBA games is that many of them are incredibly long, and for no good reason. For example: Dragon Warrior. Great game. Unfortunately, the slow movement speed and slow battle dialogues make the game about twice as long as it should be. My solution? Run the emulator at 200% speed. I was looking forward to getting a DS and playing… Read More

  • Speakers made from spent fire extinguishers

    It’s entirely possible that most ordinary people won’t ever have the problem of trying to figure out what to do with two empty fire extinguishers (that’s a lot of fires) but just keep this idea in your back pocket should the scenario ever present itself. A Russian man has turned a couple of spent fire extinguishers into some pretty cool-looking speakers. It’d be an… Read More

  • Pinky-impaling Caps Lock key aims to curb shouting

    You should all know by now the simple rules of internet etiquette – or “netiquette” as it’s so ROFL-ingly referred to in some circles. One of the first-learned and easiest-to-remember rules is that you mustn’t shout at people unless it’s absolutely warranted. Example One: “DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN BUY DOOM 7 IT CAME OUT I THINK ALREADY BUT I… Read More

  • Russian man turns Eee into car PC

    There’s an idea – rip apart your Asus Eee PC, sprinkle some modifications here and there, and embed it into your car’s dashboard. That’s just what a guy in Russia did. It appears to be a bit more than a mere weekend project, as he’s added a touchscreen, GPS, Bluetooth, a keyboard in the glove box, and the Centrafuse car PC interface. Read More

  • Modder sends Xbox to fat camp, builds ‘Xbox Slim’

    Ooh la la, will you look at this? There’s an Xbox stuffed in that little white case. A modder over on the Xbox Scene forums turned his big, fat, portly Xbox into a svelte, nimble “Xbox Slim” and added some key upgrades: slim DVD/CD-R drive, 60GB 2.5-inch hard drive, Logitech wireless controller, integrated Wi-Fi connection, and more. More photos and a video after the jump. Read More

  • Trap door pool table is a good weekend project

    Finally, a solution to the whole “I wish I had a pool table” problem for those of us living in cramped city apartments. All I’ve needed to do this whole time was cut a big four foot deep rectangular hole in my living room floor and add a hydraulic lift mechanism. I’ll just swing by the Home Depot tomorrow and pick up the supplies. In all seriousness, this looks like… Read More

  • NesBox: A cute little casemod for your hard drive

    This fellow is selling a $180 hard drive case mod he built out of an old NES cartridge and a 250GB hard drive. By stuffing everything inside the case, he’s creating what we can only describe as a Nintendo cartridge that could potentially hold the code on every other game cartridge in existence along with a copy of King of Kong. I recently purchased an external drive and was disappointed… Read More

  • XCM Rapid Fire mod adds NES-style Turbo mode to 360 controller

    XCM is offering an add-on system to turn any 360 controller into a rapid-fire shooterator. The mod requires some soldering although you can send your controller in for modding.The mod also improves the controller’s D-PAD, adding a bit more space for those with fat, fat fingers. You can pre-order the mod right no with no pricing announced. via Giz Read More

  • Guy has had it up to here with UMPCs, builds his own

    Fed up with the state of UMPCs? Remember UMPCs, even? Before netbooks, there were UMPCs – basically keyboard-less netbooks. Well one enterprising individual wanted a UMPC so badly that he cannibalized his Acer Aspire One netbook. The forum post is in Spanish but from the looks of it, the device is a dual-boot setup running a stripped-down version of Vista Ultimate and Ubuntu Netbook… Read More

  • Make a meat smoker out of an old microwave

    Two truths in life. One; everyone has a broken microwave somewhere in their house and two; everyone needs some way to smoke delicious red meat. Thankfully, an enterprising Flickr user has posted photos of a meat smoker made from an old, discarded microwave oven. The basic setup seems to include a $10 1-kilowatt burner from Walgreens (Walgreens!), some cherry wood chips, and some strategically… Read More

  • Guy hacks Nintendo DS to work with his DSLR

    Wow, this is a pretty cool setup right here. A professional photographer was sick of lugging his laptop around to photo shoots, so he rigged up his Nintendo DS and custom-coded some software to do the heavy lifting instead. He even leveraged the microphone on the DS to make his camera snap photos when triggered by sound. It also does other stuff that I don’t understand like providing… Read More

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