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Category: Hacks + Mods

Yelp’S iPad Kegerator Serves the Dorkiest Beer Ever

Yelp’S iPad Kegerator Serves the Dorkiest Beer Ever
A few engineers over at Yelp have built this high-tech beer keg, controlled by an iPad. As engineer Jeff Micklos describes in the video below, the reason they made this geeky keg-bot is because they “…love…
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Voting Machine Serves a Higher Purpose: Pac-Man

Voting Machine Serves a Higher Purpose: Pac-Man
So if you’ve ever wondered what happens to old electronic voting machines after they’re retired? Since the Sequoia AVC EDGE voting machines were known for their insecurities and easy to tamper with, security researchers J. Alex…
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Your Greasy Fingers Could Get Your Smartphone Hacked

Your Greasy Fingers Could Get Your Smartphone Hacked
Not too long ago, I was busy eating some buttery goodness known as popcorn and got a text. It didn’t take long before all the buttery smudges on my iPhone screen were annoying to look at.…
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Macbook Air, Magic Trackpad, and Apple Keyboard Become One

Macbook Air, Magic Trackpad, and Apple Keyboard Become One
This computer-in-a-keyboard casemod owes at least a nod to from the Asus EeeKeyboard (or at least the Commodore 64). Bart Reardon’s MacBook Air Project is working to combine the brains of a MacBook Air with the…
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Booby-Trapped Briefcase Shocks Thieves, Forgetful Owners

Booby-Trapped Briefcase Shocks Thieves, Forgetful Owners
Do you keep valuable items in your briefcase? A bunch of secret documents perhaps? Maybe you should keep them somewhere safer. Kidding. With a bit of hacking and modding, you can have a remotely-toggled electrified briefcase.…
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Dreamcast Portable 3: the New Handheld Champion

Dreamcast Portable 3: the New Handheld Champion
We’ve featured a variety of SEGA Dreamcast portable mods over the years, and up until now, I thought this one from China was the best. But you’ve got to hand it to modder Techknott. His portable…
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Slink-O-Matic: the Slinky Walks Alone

Slink-O-Matic: the Slinky Walks Alone
Ah, there’s nothing quite like a truly unuseless invention. The Slink-O-Matic does one thing, and one thing only – it keeps a Slinky going indefinitely. Created by Jim Sellers, the machine just gradually shifts said Slinky…
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Homemade Handyduo NES/SNES Portable Looks Like a Real Thing

Homemade Handyduo NES/SNES Portable Looks Like a Real Thing
You’ve gotta hand it to the casemodding community. Despite the fact that there are plenty of off-the shelf gadgets that let you play old NES and SNES games, the homebrew portable hits keep on coming. This…
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Flash Rods Cram Storage Into Toy Cars

Flash Rods Cram Storage Into Toy Cars
My son has no interest in anything resembling technology at this point in his life unless it has to do with video games or watching Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons on Hulu. He does like Hot Wheels…
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Naruse Pedal Puts the Breaks on Accidental Acceleration

Naruse Pedal Puts the Breaks on Accidental Acceleration
Japanese inventor Masuyuki Naruse believes that the current two-pedal system for braking and accelerating in vehicles is “dangerously flawed”. His point is that in situations when quick reactions are needed, sometimes people panic and press down…
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Super Eyeball Mario Bros.

Super Eyeball Mario Bros.
Well here’s a different way to play Super Mario Bros 2… with your eyeballs. The guys at Waterloo Labs rigged up an eye-tracking contraption using electrodes placed around each eye, then mapped through a custom circuit…
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IPhone 4 Jailbreak: So Easy, You Can Even Do It at the Apple Store

IPhone 4 Jailbreak: So Easy, You Can Even Do It at the Apple Store
While at an Apple Store, Redditor blindingdawn “got bored”. So he did what any bored person would do – jailbreak one of the displayed iPhone 4 units: The evil deed (or is it a good deed?)…
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Pocketbike I7: Yep, It’S a Computer, Not a Motorcycle

Pocketbike I7: Yep, It’S a Computer, Not a Motorcycle
This miniature motorcycle probably wasn’t street legal before modder Saibot got to it, and now most certainly it won’t be heading out for a ride any time soon. While it used to run up to 70MPH,…
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Nexus One Gets Wrapped in Carbon Fiber

Nexus One Gets Wrapped in Carbon Fiber
Carbon fiber is hot. Why? The best bike frames are made out of this material and they are very sturdy as well as extremely light. Plus, it just looks cool – which is why I like…
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Steampunk Globe and Newfangled iPad Control Google Earth

Steampunk Globe and Newfangled iPad Control Google Earth
The steampunk “Electromagnetic Geospacial Globe and Remote View with Obligatory Goggles” doesn’t just look cool, I like what creator John Knight is trying to do – making the ol’ globe more useful. RFID tags attached to…
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Cray-1 Casemod Runs Way Faster Than the Original

Cray-1 Casemod Runs Way Faster Than the Original
While Cray Research may have only sold about eighty of it’s monstrous Cray-1 supercomputers back in the 1970s, its unusual hexadecagon design made it one of the most iconic computer systems of all time. So it…
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