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Published on: October 29, 2013 / Comments: 1

There’s still time for these Halloween hacks!

Halloween isn’t over yet, there is still time to make something cool for Halloween.  Here’s a few to inspire you.

First up is Halloween Prank.  While not a completed project, this is a good base for Arduino powered scare tactics!  The build uses an Arduino, an Ultrasonic distance sensor, and a servo.  By detecting ‘someone coming to your door’ possibly, the servo is triggered.  In Jacob’s build the plan is to drop a bunch of spiders on people walking up.  That sounds like fun.  You could also make it actuate something to jump out at your unsuspecting victims.

Source code for Halloween Prank is available here on GitHub.  There are more pictures and a test video on Jacob’s site.

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Published on: September 16, 2013 / Comments: None

NaCade – the Naked Raspberry Pi Arcade runs PiMAME

Everyone loves retro gaming, it makes you wonder why they keep making new video games instead of old ones!  Usually when people do retro gaming on the Raspberry Pi they go the retropie route, so it’s refreshing to see a project supporting PiMAME.  The NaCade is a mini arcade cabinet running on a Raspberry Pi.

The case is made of clear 3mm acrylic which is both cut and bent using heat and practice  For a display it uses a 7″ LCD used for a car backup camera.  Inside is a Raspberry Pi running PiMAME and a 9AH battery charged by a solar controller and 20w solar panel.  Yeah, solar-powered!  The sound comes from an amplified USB speaker.  The joystick and buttons are standard arcade parts, except the buttons are all back-lit.

You know you want to build one (I know I do).  Check out the rest of the details.

 

Published on: September 10, 2013 / Comments: 1

Amazing Nintendo Nixie clock sporting retropie

Bradley does some amazing work. Usually it’s in the form of replica light sabers and what not. This time he was commissioned to a NES inspired nixie clock for a wedding gift, but decided why stop there ? Let’s make it an actual playable NES.

Inside on the clock side is an Arduino Uno with a ArduiNIX Nixie Tube Driver shield + Nixie tubes. On the gaming side is your usually Raspberry Pi running Retropie distro. Controllers are NES style usb controllers, and a RGB led provides mood setting. This is all wrapped in a lovely custom wood enclosure painted to look like a real NES. He’s even put real NES start / reset buttons in there.

Man that’s a site to make anyone envious! More pictures and info can be found on Bradley’s site.

Published on: September 9, 2013 / Comments: None

The BFG3X is a boss killer

bfg2Any fan of the DOOM series of video games remembers the BFG‘s or Big Fucking Gun.  You know you wanted one, and so did Andrew.  The only difference is Andrew decided to build one, and I’m guessing you didn’t.

From the beginning of Andrew’s build, it looks like your normal prop build.  Start with a trip to home depot, grab some pvc pipes, solder a few leds, spray paint the whole thing, yadda yadda.  But then you see towards the end of the video that Andrew put some beefy wires and a grill igniter inside… oh yeah…  It’s actually a 3 chamber potato gun!  And sure, you put enough fuel in it and it will do some flame thrower tricks as well.

The lighting effects by themselves look pretty good, the flash light mod, and the home-made acrylic light tubes… I bet this would keep those damn kids off my lawn!

Be sure to watch the video after the break.

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Published on: September 5, 2013 / Comments: 2

Xbox Controller Case Mod

This may be just the hack I need to keep my kids from hogging the Xbox.  Inspired by the late ’90′s film eXistenZ our hacker friend ‘leftmusing’ came up a mod that might just make you squirm a little.

Sculpted Xbox Controller Mod Parts

After carefully opening the case she applied a little dish soap as a releasing agent.  Then she sculpted Sculpey Polymer Clay into the desired disturbing shape.  Parts of the mold were too thin so she broke it into smaller more manageable chunks and then baked it in the over at 275F for about 10 minutes.

After baking she used a little sandpaper to adjust the fit.  She used epoxy to bond the parts back together and also mixed the dust from sanding with a little epoxy to fill in the gaps. She finished it off with a bit or paint and clear coat.  See more build photos after the break.

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Published on: September 3, 2013 / Comments: 1

SNESoIP puts your controller on the net

The project it currently in its early stage, but fully functional and could be used to play multiplayer games over the Internet.
The sheer fact that people seem to spend a great deal of time modernizing vintage consoles tells you one thing, that retro gaming is awesome.  The SNESoIP project is not a full solution for playing SNES games (on a real console I might add, not an emulator) over the internet, but it is a start.

The concept here is to basically move the controllers to a packet format that can be manipulated over networking.  On the hardware side, it’s basically a box with an ethernet cable and a SNES controller jack.  It looks like the processor is an ATmega8 with an enc28j60 for ethernet (which was mentioned earlier as a cheap Arduino solution).

The project is open source, has source code, schematic, and pcb files here on github.

Published on: August 25, 2013 / Comments: 1

Using a Raspberry Pi to make a fallout inspired pip-boy

If you’ve played the game Fallout you probably remember the Personal Information Processor, or PIP-boy. A guy named Panda decided to make the PIP-boy a reality. Not quite a picture perfect replica, but pretty a pretty functional recreation.

He’s using a Raspberry Pi model B, with a 2.8″ LCD touch screen, wi-fi and a rechargeable battery.  All of this is mounts on your arm in a custom-made case.  There’s also a Bluetooth mini keyboard.  Pretty cool.

Read the rest and check out more videos here.