One of the most popular computers from the 1980s, the Commodore 64, is having a minor renaissance as an electronic musical instrument. The C64’s audio chip is famous for producing an array of warm, familiar 8-bit beats and blips.
Here’s a cool hack which uses an old oscilloscope to play an accurate game of the arcade classic, Tetris.
Engineer Lars Pontoppidan created Scopetris using an AtMega32 micro-controller to drive the beam of an oscilloscope to mimic the game play of the classic Soviet puzzle game.
Why print on boring old paper, when you can get your message across on some nice bouncy ping pong balls? The appropriately named PingPongPrinter can print dot-matrix messages directly onto the spherical surface of ping pong balls.
Here’s a fun little holiday project for you mechanically-inclined folks out there. This strange looking contraption connects to your computer and rings a little bell every time a visitor hits your website.
With a few bucks worth of off the shelf parts, an Arduino board, a USB cable and a little code, you too can have one for your website, thanks to this detailed “how-to” article over on Tinkerlog.
If you’ve never bothered to get out of the 80’s and upgrade from that old Commodore 64, it turns out you don’t have to miss out on modern video games. Heck, why shouldn’t you be able to play Guitar Hero on your C64?
I’ve seen some interesting hackjobs in my day, but nothing quite like this. Builder Harold Ilano has built himself a little robotic insect from the remnants of an old Sony Playstation console.
Harold’s Mercury BEAM Robot was scavenged from a variety of junk parts, but an old PlayStation console was the primary contributor, giving the ‘bot its two motors and other internals that keep it chugging along.
I’m not sure why anyone would want to do this, but some guy has managed to interface his PSP with the Nintendo Wii motion-sensing controller.
PSP hacker joesnose MacGyvered together a combination of the GlovePIE, iRShell and Nethostfs libraries to make it all play nicely.
While Sony has made it pretty clear that a touchscreen interface won’t be part of the PSP any time soon, that hasn’t stopped modders from trying to make it so. Thanks to the folks over at Spark Fun Electronics, that task just got a whole lot easier.
It seems like I can’t let a week go by without coming across something new crammed into an old Nintendo Entertainment System controller. A couple of weeks back it was the NintendoSlvr, then we had the NESMouse.
Electronics enthusiast Jason Hickner has built this fun clock that uses a game of Space Invaders to display the current time.
To make his Space Invaders clock, he took a funky old Sony portable TV, combined with a circuit that generates the video to create the game.
This guy has gone through the painstaking process of cramming his shmancy Motorola SLVR mobile phone into the case of an old Nintendo NES controller.
While the end result is pretty fugly from the phone side of things, it looks pretty convincing from the outside.
Do you long for the days of the simple, elegantly designed gamepad controllers from Nintendo’s classic gaming systems?
Perfect for playing emulated games the way they were meant to be played, you can buy custom-modded versions of the 8-bit NES and 16-bit SNES joypads, ready to use with your PC or Macintosh.
The guys over at RedPost come right out and say it. They want you to hack their new digital picture frame and do whatever you want with it.
For starters, the RedPost/Kit is a gorgeous digital picture frame with a large 19-inch Hannspree LCD screen.
Using a couple keys from a spare keyboard, this guy made up his own custom USB memory stick that looks like a computer key.
Modder Alex over on Hacker Zen shows you step-by-step how to make your own using an old keyboard, a flash drive, an Xacto knife, a file and some glue.
This cool hack takes videos from YouTube, converts each frame to ASCII text, then plays them back in all their alphanumeric glory.
Warren Harding (Linux geek, not the 29th President) put together a script which uses the text-based Lynx web browser along with Mplayer to to render the video.