Windows XP NUC PC Design

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NUCs are a popular line of mini PC’s (not to be confused with Nucks, which is the nickname of a terrible hockey team), and I thought I’d make one look like the shutdown prompt from Windows XP, of all things.

Truth is, I thought about including some of these design cues in the previous post, even a Start button from the taskbar would be thrown in. Decided to nix the idea, because I was already trying to convey so much information. In the end, I think it works great as this PC case design.

If you Google NUCs you will notice a sea of grey boxes. I think there’s room for a more colorful and lively design like the one above, if you ask me.

Space Cadet Pinball Handheld Device

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This is handheld gaming device in the same vein as that Oregon Trail handheld that came out a few years ago. It features a 16:9 LCD screen, making this device the size of a small smartphone. It is held like a Game Boy, featuring 2 buttons on the front to control the paddles, and an analog nub in the middle to control the pinball shooter/plunger.

Link’s Awakening Alarm Clock

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This alarm clock would use the same technology found in Nintendo’s old¬†Game & Watch handhelds, which had an LCD display with a color background layer. This would allow for a display comparable to the original Game Boy Color, and enable a simple alarm animation (which was another staple of the Game & Watch devices).

Bank Vault CPU Fan Mount

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Not sure if this actually exists, but I would like CPU fan mounts to be able to swing open like a bank vault door. Just twist a couple of levers and swing the fan out of the way. It would make life easier for replacing thermal paste/liquid metal, or accessing the CPU in a pinch.

There is a power cable that runs from the fan to the motherboard, worst case scenario is that would need to be unplugged when opening this up. I’m not familiar with water-cooling setups, this may be applicable to those.

Supercar Laptop

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This was just a design experiment, to fuse some of my favorite things about Supercars into a laptop. There is a carbon fiber finish, some chrome accents, and a power button that looks like the Engine Start button from a Ferrari.

I was tempted to go overboard and add some gauges to display CPU temp, battery power, and FPS; but that was a bit too cheesy, even for me.

Fixing The PlayStation Classic

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Sony released the PlayStation Classic last fall, and it hasn’t really sold all that well, being marked down as much as 70% or given away for free as a promotional item. The system is marred by a few problems: half the games are the PAL versions (they run slower in NTSC regions), no analog controls, and the included games aren’t all that great.

I believe Sony could right the ship and release a peripheral add-on that could fix this system, and that involves taking a cue from modders: all you need is a USB flash drive.

TV Stand For Game Consoles

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Here is a TV stand for displaying game consoles behind glass doors. In my experience, glass doors are often a hindrance for accessing electronics, so I wanted a system where I can stow these doors on demand. This is ideal for an enclosed display case that is also completely accessible when needed.

TV Stand For Game Consoles IKEA 2019 Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas

Inspired by convertible automobiles, the glass doors stow on the fly. They piggyback onto side drawers (used for controllers and games) for the sliding/stowing mechanism. Now there’s no glass in the way of gaming.