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Mac Mini Swallowed by Old G4 Cube

by Paul Strauss

Have an old Macintosh G4 Cube computer lying around? Why not transform it into an enclosure for a modern Mac Mini?

Rich Willis Mac Mini Mod

Like the abandoned shell of a hermit crab, Mac enthusiast Rich Willis removed the innards of the old G4 cube and filled its guts with his Mac Mini as well as some add-ons. He even went the extra mile to add a virtual laser keyboard so the whole thing is nicely self-contained.

Now he needs to put the whole thing inside of a Macintosh Classic, and the “big fish eats little fish” illusion will be complete.

[via MAKE]

Comments (9):

  1. JF says:

    That’s awesome! I’m not a mac user, but I’d use that mac just to show it off.

  2. damien says:

    i look at this pic and wonder if the the laser keyboard would work and how and if so would like to have one my self

  3. BroXo says:

    Does the Laser Keyboard work? Hell yeah!

    The one in the mod looks like an I-Tech Bluetooth one, which you can get commercially for about US$200 on eBay, Amazon, etc.

    If you don’t need bluetooth though, you can get wired ones around US$150.

    How it works-
    This particular one projects 2 lasers, one of visible light (the red laser you can see), and the other an Infrared beam above the keyboard. When you ‘press’ the key, the finger breaks this IR beam slightly above the desk. This reflects off your finger, captured by a camera which calculates the angle, figures out co-ordinates, and relays them to the computer. Simple, hey?

    More info on the site:

    Hope that answers it!


  4. Dan says:

    how do you put CDs in?

  5. Peter Kennedy says:

    I guess in this case it doesn’t matter whether you place something top of the Mac mini since it’s the AEBS that the Mac mini would normally be hindered from connecting to with the arrangement ;)

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