When EA announced Star Wars Squadrons earlier this week, a game that includes VR support, my first thought was this contraption: a VR headset combined with a Rebel pilot helmet. With built-in headphones and microphone it appears to be an ideal gaming rig.
With everything packed into a helmet, it might be more comfortable to wear than a regular VR headset. A counterweight in the back would help distribute the weight, and the lenses would be suspended from the helmet visor instead of being strapped onto your face.
Then again, there’s probably a good reason VR hasn’t been packaged in helmet form yet: it might get too hot under there? Some motorcycle helmets have cooling fans, so that could be a solution.
This “sit down” arcade cabinet design was inspired by the Atari Star Wars arcade game. The Power Loader features controls on the arm rests, just like in the film. For this mockup the monitor is in a plain cargo container, but it could be turned into the Alien queen with some good side art.
Continue reading ➞ Aliens Power Loader Arcade Cabinet
Recently I grabbed one of those Glade plug-in air fresheners because my neighbors smoke like Hobbits. The device has a pleasing flowery scent but honestly my first choice would be the aroma of french fries. It would run on oil refills, feature a USB outlet, and the sign is back-lit so it can double as a nite-lite too.
A missing feature that I really want added to all home audio systems: the ability to listen to multiple audio sources at the same time. I almost always listen to music when playing video games (with the music disabled in-game), listening to podcasts, watching YouTube, and watching sports.
Juggling multiple devices to listen to multiple audio sources at the same time isn’t too much of a pain, but if audio could be easily spliced together on one device that would be awesome (each source would need its own volume level).
Until such a feature is universally available, some makeshift devices like the design above may be worthwhile. This HDMI cable would function like normal for a game console, but can receive a secondary audio source from a smartphone using Bluetooth. Now a gamer could play Rocket League while listening to iTunes on their home theater system at the same time.
There are many possible ways audio splicing could be achieved and applied, but I felt the above design would be the most popular scenario. Again I would much prefer if “audio splicing” became a common feature in all audio electronics, rather than cobbled together in this fashion.
I’ve been wanting to revisit Rock Band or Guitar Hero these past few years, but the price (even on the secondhand market) and large size of the guitar peripherals have kept me from taking the plunge. Now if they made a compact and inexpensive guitar controller for these games, it would be a different story.
I propose this design, which is really compact and ideal for righties and southpaws. It features an adjustable handle and a small strum thingy that is operated by a thumb. Yes it would be like holding a ukulele, but it would do the job.
Continue reading ➞ Compact Guitar Controller
This smartwatch design combines the old and new, with analog watch hands sitting on top of a modern display. A hole is punched through the middle of the screen, allowing the gears for the watch hands to pass through. This approach would be similar to punching a hole in a smartphone display for a camera (more on that concept here).
There would only be a few on-demand features for the display, such as the calendar, notifications, heart rate, and stopwatch. I didn’t want it to host apps, because the goal is to use the digital screen as little as possible; hopefully it would only need to be charged once a month (the watch hands would use a separate battery or wind-up feature).
This hybrid watch ensures the time is always displayed, and it only serves up information when called upon. With infrequent charging, it could be a gadget that needs little upkeep, just like an old watch.
Feel like waking up to a buzzer or a song from Jock Jamz? This floating scoreboard design is made possible thanks to a mirror. The arena diorama is enclosed in a frame and glass cover, and features an LED light beneath the scoreboard to illuminate the ice below.
The entire device can easily be adorned with league, arena, and team logos. This can also be a desktop clock (which is how it looks now, I forgot to add buttons to the top). Additional alarm sounds could include crowd noise or arena announcer calls.
Continue reading ➞ Floating Scoreboard Alarm Clock