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Nanocade turns your netbook into an arcade cabinet

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on January 31st, 2011

Netbooks are cool, but they aren’t arcade cabinets. Not typically. But with the Nanocade you can have both. It’s a kit from designer Rasmus Sorensen that lets you turn a netbook or mini-ITX motherboard and 10.1-inch display into a laptop arcade cabinet.

If you have a spare netbook to make this happen, the kit ships in March and it is easy to do. As long as you have the $349 plus shipping that is. It’s totally worth it.

TRON inspired Skatecycle

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2010

The sequel to Disney’s 1982 film Tron is set to be released on December 17, and people everywhere are geeking out with merchandise and TRON inspired DIY stuff. This latest comes from Alon Karpman, the IDSA IDEA award winning creator of The Freerider skate cycle, which is a hub-less two wheeled self-propelling something-or-other currently in production.

Alon, a Brooklyn based design entrepreneur has created a one of a kind tribute to the new film out of his best-selling skatecycle, using colors and glow-in-the-dark elements. And it looks like it came straight out of the movie.

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.

Awesome PS4 console design

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on September 6th, 2009

Awesome PS4 console designThe PS4 may be a long way off yet, but designer Tai Chiem already has all of the details worked out and it looks awesome. If only the PlayStation 4 could be like this. It sports a high end touch screen instead of the glossy body that the current generation has. And he’s even incorporated that touchscreen design into the controller, which is really cool.

The design would come in black or white. Hopefully that touchscreen material is scratch-resistant, otherwise your PS4 is going to look nasty in no time. Just to be clear, this is a concept, not an actual product. But we can dream.

Awesome Star Wars Y-Wing bed

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on August 11th, 2009

Awesome Star Wars Y-Wing bedI, like you, clearly struck out on the parent lottery. Some moms build a 98-inch screen on their kid’s bedroom ceiling, while some dads build an AT-AT bunk bed. Yeah, I’m kinda ticked off at my parents now. Now that I see how some kids are lavished with awesome nerd decor.

Well, here’s the straw that broke the camel’s back. Now, we learn about a father who built half a Y-Wing in his son’s bedroom, hanging from above, with the bed on top. Mom, dad, if you are reading this, don’t even bother calling.

Cassette Nano Case is awesome

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 5th, 2009

Cassette Nano Case is awesomeThese 45 Nano Cases are made from actual cassette tapes and will fit 4th gen iPod nanos. It doesn’t get much cooler than this. I would buy an iPod Nano just so I can put it in this case. You get 24 color options to choose from.

They gut the cassette, route it and make the Nano fit inside. Anyone rocking a Nano who actually used cassette tapes has to love this. It’s a law.

Awesome Lego Donkey Kong level

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

Awesome Lego Donkey Kong levelThis is one of the cooler Lego Donkey Kong things we’ve seen in quite some time. Sure, it doesn’t move and actually do stuff like this one, but just look at all that amazing detail.

Hammers, barrels,fire, it has it all. It’s all the more impressive because it doesn’t move. After taking it in for a bit, you feel like it could/should. Sure, Mario and the Princess are just generic Lego people, but that’s maybe it’s only flaw. Look at those ladders and beams. My inner nerd is happy now and so I share it with you.


NES gamepad mouse is amazingly awesome

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2009

NES gamepad mouse amazingly awesomeLook at it. Just sitting there ominous like the monolith in 2001. Watching mankind since the dawn of man. Waiting. Waiting for a mouse manufacturer to run with this design.

Because right now, this beautiful work of art is just a foam mock-up. The first company to build this will have my money. I don’t care how much. I’ll just hand you my wallet. I don’t even mind that the D-pad is on the side.

Steampunk Brewery PC casemod is awesome

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on April 16th, 2009

Steampunk Brewery PC casemod is awesomeThis Russian antique brewery PC case mod is awesomely steampunk and completely over-the-top. It’s hard to find the words to describe such a beast. Apparently this thing can fill your mug with beer. Though we have no idea how it works.

Steampunk, beer, modding…What’s not to love? And it’s been outfitted with plenty of lights so the party never has to stop. This is the way to do a project. A mod just isn’t a mod unless the endgame is serving beer.

Nokia E97 concept phone looks awesome

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 2nd, 2009

NokiaSexy, slim and sleek. This concept Nokia E97 by Fabien Nauroy gives new meaning to those words. It’s full of incredible attention to detail. The concept has a full keyboard in the “AZERTY” layout, with a small LCD screen just above the keyboard.

The most interesting part is the pull-out LED screen that can operate as a storage device, and make file and picture sharing a bit retro to balance out the modern. The idea is that you pull out a picture or a webpage and pass it around the old fashioned way.

Tauntaun sleeping bag

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2009

Tauntaun sleeping bagSay you’re a rebel stationed on the ice planet Hoth. You venture from the safety of Echo base to find your missing friend. You’re locked out because they secure the base at night. So, you find your friend and he’s injured.

You have two options: Either slice open the belly of a Tauntaun and put your friend in it’s warm belly(Ewww!) or warm him up with this Tauntaun sleeping bag. I vote the sleeping bad, because we all know that Tauntauns smell even worse on the inside.


Exploded Atari 2600 T-shirt is awesome

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2009

Exploded Atari 2600 T-shirt is awesomeThis Exploded Atari 2600 shirt is all kinds of awesome. It illustrates disassembly perfectly for any geek who thinks that the Atari 2600 is somehow full of tons of parts and hard to take apart.

We recommend wearing it while doing such mods as the Atari-Hero, or the Multari. You can’t have too many geek shirts after all. Even when you run out of drawer and closet space. That’s what your floor is for, right? It will only cost you $17.

Alien squid fights a giant robot in Japanese tourism videos

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

Alien squid fights a giant robot in Japanese tourism videosHow do you get tourists to visit your land? Make it very clear that there is a chance that a giant robot and squid will battle it out during your stay. That’s apparently what the city of Hakodate, Japan was thinking. They’ve been producing official tourism videos unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

They’re action-packed and feature famous landmarks as giant robots battle a mechanical squid hijacked by aliens. It’s pretty awesome. I don’t know if I’ll visit anytime soon, but I sure enjoyed the flick. First video below.

Pong-playing LED sheep

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2009

Check this out. A bunch of Sheep herder dudes in the Uk got together and armed with a bunch of LEDs and a camera created some amazing moving art.

“We took to the hills of Wales armed to the teeth with sheep, LEDs and a camera, to create a huge amazing LED display.”

The best part? They create a giant Pong game with the LED wearing sheep. Sure there are a few stray pixels because the dumber ones can’t get it together, but it rocks.

Half-Life 2 PC case mod looks pretty awesome

Posted in Cases by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

Half-Life 2 PC case mod looks pretty awesomeThis Half-Life 2 case mod is a real looker. It was created by “Geno” and was part of the “Beat This” case mod contest. What’s amazing about it, aside from it’s good looks, is that it was constructed in under two weeks… From scratch.

The custom PC is fitted with a water cooling system and three fans to keep the air circulation going and keep everything cool. It’s one of the coolest mods we’ve seen lately. His wife even got in on the action and helped with some of the modding. Which is probably a good thing, because during those two weeks that it took to build, he was also busy getting married and having a honeymoon.