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Category: Hacks + Mods

Space Invaders Times Two: Two-Player Games Are Twice as Nice

Space Invaders Times Two: Two-Player Games Are Twice as Nice

There’s only one thing better than blasting waves of alien dudes, and that’s doing it with a buddy. Even better than that? If, when the opportunity presents itself, you can also take potshots at said buddy.…

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Sparkfun’S Autonomous Vehicle Race: Autobots,Rollout! No, Not There! Get Back Here!

Sparkfun’S Autonomous Vehicle Race: Autobots,Rollout! No, Not There! Get Back Here!

Modder-friendly electronics company SparkFun Electronics recently held what they hope will be an annual event called the Autonomous Vehicle Competition, which is basically a race of proto-Autobots around one of SparkFun’s buildings. The contest was initially…

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Super Nice: Gamer Stuffs USB Hub Inside SNES Cartridge

Super Nice: Gamer Stuffs USB Hub Inside SNES Cartridge

Retro gamer/DIYer kristopher.hammar got sick of having a messed up gaming area. He regularly plays snes & nes games on his big TV, and everything was fine, except that the extension cables of the gamepads that…

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Giant Computer Fans: Not Cool (Unless Your Name is Macgyver)

Giant Computer Fans: Not Cool (Unless Your Name is Macgyver)

Cooling and proper ventilation is an important aspect of building computers, especially for gamers or hobbyists who want to get the most out of their machines by overclocking processors and…doing other stuff that I don’t really…

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Custom Bulldozer Computer for Heavy Data Lifting

Custom Bulldozer Computer for Heavy Data Lifting

Here’s a unique mod: a bulldozer! This one’s got it all, and by “all,” I mean colorful lights and moving parts. You can paint a case all day long and glue on all the setpieces you’d…

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Sinclair Zx Spectrum 8-Bit Micro Computer Gets Modern Makeover as Linux Pc

Sinclair Zx Spectrum 8-Bit Micro Computer Gets Modern Makeover as Linux Pc

A few months back, I reported on a guy who turned his old Sinclair ZX81 computer into a PC. When I wrote that post I was convinced that there would be no way that anyone could…

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Eyeborg: Canadian Filmmaker Installs a Red LED Into His Prosthetic Eye

Eyeborg: Canadian Filmmaker Installs a Red LED Into His Prosthetic Eye

Filmmaker Rob Spence lost his eye when he was 11 years old. He was playing with a shotgun back in his grandfather’s farm in Ireland when it backfired. Now he and his partners in the Eyeborg…

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Kozo Lamps: Just Turn the Faucet on and Light Comes Out! Wait What?

Kozo Lamps: Just Turn the Faucet on and Light Comes Out! Wait What?

While the people behind Design2009 could not have possibly chosen a more generic Etsy name, their products are bursting with creativity. Their KOZO line of handmade lamps make use of pipes and faucets to come up…

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Play International Karate on the Go With the Commodore 64 Laptop

Play International Karate on the Go With the Commodore 64 Laptop

It only took Ben Heckendorn a week and a half to make a Commodore 64 laptop that really looks like it was from 1982. What can you do in a week and a half? Me? I…

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Computer Mailboxes Receive Snail Mail, Not E-Mail

Computer Mailboxes Receive Snail Mail, Not E-Mail

Even though we already have e-mail, I think it will still take some time before we abandon snail mails. In the mean time, why don’t we give our plain old mailboxes a (fake) hardware upgrade? Here…

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Dream Tablet Mod Flattens Out the Dreamcast

Dream Tablet Mod Flattens Out the Dreamcast

Modder Ben Heckendorm’s forums are always packed with portable projects, but this one’s a little different. You’ve got to hook up a separate controller, but that’s hardly anything to complain about when we’re talking about a…

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Who Watches the Watchmen? Crafters.

Who Watches the Watchmen? Crafters.

Zack Snyder’s take on Watchmen may have suffered mixed reviews from fans and newbies alike at the box office, but Alan Moore’s seminal characters are certainly scoring big with one subset of the population: crafty types…

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The World’S Most (Face) Shocking Videos

The World’S Most (Face) Shocking Videos

What do you get when you take four of your closest friends, attach electrodes to their faces, and then fire off small jolts of electricity to the beats of electronica? Video genius, I say. Tokyo electronic…

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The 8-Bit Computer is Back, Ready to Hack, and Plays NES Games to Boot

The 8-Bit Computer is Back, Ready to Hack, and Plays NES Games to Boot

When you think of 8-bit computers, classics like the Atari 400/800, the Commodore 64 and the Apple II probably come to mind. But there’s a new kid on the block that hopes to bring 8-bit computing…

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Super Nintoaster Might Burn Your Cartridges

Super Nintoaster Might Burn Your Cartridges

We’ve seen people put old Nintendo systems into all kinds of things, but I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve seen a Super Nintendo inside a toaster. I guess you just can’t deny that…

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Glowing Psp Could be Simpler Than It Looks

Glowing Psp Could be Simpler Than It Looks

Sometimes, the best things in life… well, they aren’t free, but they can come with minimal effort, at least. Apparently, on the scale of PSP mods, this paintjob/LED-addition combo is only “average” difficulty. …to which I…

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