Picked up a calculator at the dollar store a few days ago, and its red color inspired me to draw up this design. I’m surprised Texas Instruments doesn’t already offer this, because the Speak & Spell toy is an 80’s icon.
For a more conventional layout I placed a solar panel where the original Speak & Spell display used to be. The new display fills up what used to be the handle.
Nintendo recently announced Smash Bros. will be hitting the Switch this year, so I dreamed up this display stand that was inspired by Battleship, the old board game. It’s handy for 2-8 players.
Continue reading ➞ Smash Bros. Nintendo Switch Stand
This Fix It Felix Jr. idea began as a full-size arcade cabinet that stored a tool chest and tool organizer (may post that design one day soon), but I felt a mini tool set would have wider appeal, so I went with that here. This is a functional mini arcade game that doubles as a case for a set of tools.
This opens up like a book to reveal the tools. It’s possible for the arcade to emit the phrase “I can fix it!” when opening the case, but that might get annoying after awhile.
The tools are for gadget-minded folks, no hammers or wrenches here. Included are a pair of pliers, wire cutters, wire strippers, precision screwdrivers, and more. I know the character used a hammer, but that would’ve made this too big.
Continue reading ➞ Fix It Felix Jr. Mini Tool Set
By the POWER of Grayskull! I’ve been wanting to design a gadget based on Castle Grayskull for several years, along the lines of a USB Hub or Car Charger. I decided to go with a power bar design based on He-Man’s sword because it would be life-size and more functional. Plus there are no geeky power bars in existence.
There’s room for more outlets and USB ports if the red switch was removed and made into a remote switch (like this old design). The power cable extends from the end of the hilt.
If the sword could power-up Prince Adam and Cringer, why didn’t He-Man point it at his allies to help their abilities as well? Hey Man-At-Arms, you are now a walking tank. Orko, you are now a powerful sorcerer. Seems kinda selfish if you ask me.
I mentioned this design in the previous post, but I decided to actually make it a thing. I said Blaster would be better as a portable record player because his tape deck enclosure was mostly covered, save for a small window. Whereas Soundwave’s glass cover was more fitting of a stationary record player.
Transformers: The Movie Soundtrack was released on Vinyl a few years ago, making it the greatest album to ever be released in this format (sorry The Wall and Rumours, your days are over). It just needs a matching record player for a vastly superior listening experience.
Continue reading ➞ Transformers Record Player
This is the last Tiny House design, I promise. I realized that people with the means to build an elaborate geeky-themed tiny house probably wouldn’t seek out this frugal way of life to begin with. So I’ll close out the series with this Cobra H.I.S.S. Tank design.
Continue reading ➞ Cobra HISS Tank Tiny House