Here’s a normal tin lunch box, with a print of two vending machines on the cover. I did include a “divider” on the front to help make it look like 2 separate machines, though that is not really necessary.
The could be really fancy with buttons and back-lighting, but I wanted something that was easy to wash and maintain. Went with Pepsi here, as they have a more diverse group of sodas, plus they own Doritos and Frito Lay, making this a more plausible licensed product.
I don’t know about you, but I would enjoy bringing one of these to work or school.
Last week SNK teased a new NEO GEO console, which may be similar to the NES/SNES Classic Minis, however their teaser image implies something a lot bigger (going by the arcade stick shape), it could even be a Bartop Arcade Cabinet.
If they did follow Nintendo’s formula it would be two controller pads and a mini console, something like the concept I posted here. For the controllers I was inspired by the ones that came with the Sega Saturn. I would prefer a D-Pad but SNK likes their thumb sticks so I kept them here.
For the console, I enlisted an MVS cartridge, which are the cartridges used by the NEO GEO arcade cabinets. The label folds down to reveal access to the controller ports and power/reset buttons.
The graphics on the control panel and flap were inspired by the NEO GEO arcade cabinet. The front flap was inspired by the Super Retro Trio Plus console.
Because the console is a cartridge, it can be stored in a case. Which reminds me of a few designs I posted last year.
I’m looking forward to whatever SNK does end up releasing. Their 90’s home consoles and games were very expensive, even by today’s standards. A budget system that features many of their hits would be a must-have for many gamers, myself included.
In a perfect world everyone would be carrying a travel mug or thermos at all times, to help curb the waste generated by single-use coffee cups and their lids. Perhaps there is another way: a compact device that would reduce the need for plastic lids.
Continue reading ➞ Reusable Coffee Cup Lids
Last year a Sony executive said that the company “can’t ignore the Nintendo Switch”, so that got me thinking: would they copy Nintendo? Perhaps not outright, but they could steer their next PlayStation in that direction if they really wanted to.
Personally I would make the PS5 a traditional home console that could be upgraded with a mobile component, if the consumer wanted. You’d start off with the console and controller, then buy a handheld device separately.
In this case the handheld device would be similar to a PSP or PS Vita. The games would migrate from the console to the handheld on demand, just like a Switch.
The handheld would dock on the console, the top of which is a wireless charging pad (this could be used to charge game controllers too). Games and data would be transferred wirelessly.
Continue reading ➞ PlayStation 5 Concept
There are portable SNES and NES systems that are very large in size, due to the big cartridges that they cater to. One cool thing about these systems is that they can be turned into a normal console, just add some controllers. You even have the option of connecting them to a TV.
I would like to see a Game Boy that is similar in size to those aforementioned systems, with the same controller and TV functionality. The 5-inch screen alone would be a worthwhile selling point for many gamers.
To switch from portable mode to console mode, I included a built-in adjustable stand which also doubles as a cover for the SNES controller ports:
I chose SNES controllers because those ports are smaller, plus I find the SNES controllers to be more comfortable in general.
I went with a built-in stand because this system would have a thinner profile compared to those other large portables, so some help was needed to keep it upright.
Continue reading ➞ Large Game Boy Design
External GPU cases have been around for a few years. You take a desktop graphics card, stuff it into one of these cases, then plug it into a laptop for a performance boost in graphics. Ideal for turning a sluggish laptop into a gaming laptop.
One design idea for such a case is the Ghostbusters ghost trap. Not only would it be life-size, but it could store 2 graphics cards (I don’t think external GPU cases can juggle multiple cards just yet). Also NVIDIA cards have LED logos on the side, so they can emit a ghost green light as well, perfect for a ghost trap.
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