Back in February, The Ben Heck Show had a special episode where Ben took out the Atari 2600’s CPU, RAM I/O and video driver and hand soldered them to a compact circuit board. Now he’s put together that miniaturized system to make a portable 2600.
Ben designed and printed a case for the portable.
Master modder Ben Heck wanted to have a portable and compact dumb terminal to test single board computers, development boards and whatever else you may call them. It sounds like a simple contraption – it’s basically a keyboard and a screen with an HDMI input – but since Ben decided to reuse old devices and materials it ended up being a somewhat complicated project.
Ben used the screen and driver board from a Motorola Atrix laptop dock, and stuffed those and the other electronics into an old medical toolbox.
We’ve seen a couple of huge Game Boy replicas, but they were actually running off of a Raspberry Pi. With the help of Parker Dillman aka The Longhorn Engineer, The Ben Heck Show was able to connect a Game Boy to a VGA monitor to create a nearly 7:1 scale replica.
The project is based on the (arduous) process and the software that Parker developed, which involves using an FPGA and a level shifter to take signals from the Game Boy’s LCD screen and send it to a VGA monitor.
The Raspberry Pi has a camera module, but it will still take a lot of work before you can turn it into a user-friendly camera. Ben Heck and his colleague Felix showed us just how good they are at tinkering by making a compact point-and-shoot still camera out of a Raspberry Pi Model B, the Camera module and Adafruit’s PiTFT.
Ben and Felix started with this:
And ended with this:
While Felix set up the necessary software and settings, Ben spent a lot of time desoldering and yanking components out of the Raspberry Pi to make it slimmer, and perhaps even more time manually wiring the new parts like the camera module, microSD port and battery.
A few years ago Ben Heck made a breath-operated controller to substitute for the kick drum pedal of the Guitar Hero drum set, allowing a wheelchair-bound player to rock out. This time, the master modder made his own USB-based pedals to give him added control options when playing video games on the PC.
Our favorite modder, Ben Heck, has come up with another cool creation. As he has done numerous times in the past, he has built a special controller to help the disabled to play video games. The modified gaming controller was requested by one of his viewers and as usual, he has delivered.
Last time we checked in with Ben Heck he made his own portable gaming device based on a Raspberry Pi. Recently he talked about another custom gaming project on his blog. Ben pried away the Steam Box concept from the abyss of Valve Time and decided to make his own.
We’ve seen a small arcade machine that can be powered by a Raspberry Pi. Master modder Ben Heck decided to make an even tinier version of the tiny computer and put it in a custom case with buttons, turning it into a portable gaming device.
If you’ve been following Technabob for a while, you know we have mad love for the console modding and hackery of Benjamin Heckendorn (aka “Ben Heck”). So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to sit down and ask Ben some burning questions about modding, custom builds, classic gaming, and pinball.
I’ve been waiting a very long time for somebody to build a single game system which could play all of today’s console games. Well that day is today – courtesy of master modder Ben Heck. For his latest project, Ben has created a single mutant machine that combines a PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.
Master modder Ben Heck recently finished a Holiday hack that could help the young ones stay behaved. I say could because as we all know how utterly wild these creatures known as “children” can be. But if your little loved ones are still spellbound by the concept of Santa, they could be controlled with Ben Heck’s Naughty or Nice Meter.
Modder Ben Heck has removed one of the few remaining advantages of videogame consoles over the PC master race: the analog stick. Heck sacrificed an Xbox 360 controller to make the W, A, S and D keys on his keyboard behave like the left stick on the controller, i.e.
I lack any of the skills you need to make cool mods and DIY projects of just about any type. That is certainly not true when it comes to modder Ben Heck. This geek took his hobby of building modded consoles and other items and turned it into his own web series.
If you watch Ben Heck’s online show you’ll notice that the master modder has branched out beyond the gaming mods that made him famous. For his latest episode, Heck shows us how to make a very practical gadget: sunglasses that automatically raise or lower a pair of polarized clip-on shades depending on the ambient light.
Ben Heck is well known as a modder extraordinaire, and this time he doesn’t let anyone down by cobbling together a pocket PC from an array of harvested parts, including a chatpad from an Xbox 360 controller.
Do you love 80s computer tech? Well then you’ll love Ben Heck’s BBC Micro-inspired Raspberry Pi keyboard computer. He managed to put the $35 DIY Raspberry Pi computer into a nice keyboard that definitely has some retro style.