There has been a lot of hoopla this past week regarding the delay of the Obi-Wan Kenobi TV show. The rumor for the delay: the show’s premise was too similar to The Mandalorian, with the title character protecting a young Luke Skywalker throughout the series.
Not sure how valid that rumor is, but it is far from what I’ve been imagining these past few months, which I will share with you now: seeing as the Mandalorian is a Western, I honestly thought Obi-Wan was going to be a Detective Show (be it Noir or Hardboiled).
Hear me out! The most interesting part of Attack of the Clones was Obi-Wan being a detective, chasing down clues and unraveling a mystery. Not saying he’d pursue that line of work full-time, but living near both Mos Eisley and Jabba’s Palace, it would be easy to become embroiled in a sinister plot full of criminals and intrigue.
Continue reading ➞ TV Show Pitch: Obi-Wan Kenobi
This is a smaller version of a design I posted a few years ago, this time it’s for a single HDMI-based device. It allows you to switch between several devices without having to go behind the TV.
If you’re juggling a bunch of devices this would be extremely handy. Nowadays there are many plug-and-play consoles, clone consoles, video game dongles (from AtGames and Arcade 1UP), streaming devices, single board computers, and soon: gaming handhelds with HDMI output (the upcoming Analogue Pocket). Almost all of these are powered by USB too.
Most of these devices would benefit from a power switch, especially those game dongles which stay powered-on until unplugged (seen in the example below). So I included a humorous kill switch for the robot:
The robot’s body moves like a lever, so powering off this device makes it appear as though you are also deactivating the robot. The arms are loose and swivel freely, the LED eyes indicate power.
Cocktail arcade cabinets have been around for decades, but they are usually for 1 or 2 players. I believe there are enough games to enable a 4-player tabletop version.
This gadget is made possible by an IPS display, a superior display that can be seen clearly from all angles. I also want to include rotary joysticks, which can be toggled like a joystick for regular games (Pac-Man), or rotated for spinner games (Pong). The rotary joystick can be a button as well.
Continue reading ➞ 4-Player Tabletop Arcade
A popular item these days are “mini docks” for the Nintendo Switch, where you transplant the internals of the Switch dock into a much smaller case. The mini docks are very compact, and they do not scratch the screen when docking the console.
I think it would be great if such a dock looked like the NES Game Genie, mostly because the extending bracket makes for a good easel. Does anyone else miss cheat codes? It used to be such a big deal in gaming.
The one party trick I would include is that the case also stores the GameCube controller adapter, hidden behind the flap:
The GameCube adapter isn’t essential to everyone, so the space could be used for storing game carts or other small accessories.
This design combines retro gaming and the lunchboxes that were popular in the 80’s. I was inspired by the Nintendo GameCube, which had a handle on the back of the console for portability. Thought it would be nice to have a complete console kit for travelling.
The console stores beneath the “window” of the lunchbox, so it can show off its large sticker, in this example I went with Mega Man. Two controllers, HDMI cable, USB power cable, and wall adapter all store underneath the console.
Continue reading ➞ Lunchbox Game Console
You can find this product exclusively at Amazon here.
Here is a smaller version of the Thor Hammer Tool Set, this time the main handle is a flashlight. The included tools should be enough for minor tech repairs and other small jobs around the house.
There’s more products on the horizon! The closure of Thinkgeek last year really set a lot of plans back, mine included. I’m hoping Amazon creates a “fun geeky products” section one day, to highlight products similar to what Thinkgeek used to sell.
This is a papercraft project where you can make a small gift box or greeting card. I recommend card stock paper, both are designed for regular 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Find the template for the gift box here, and the greeting card here. The greeting card can be used as a certificate too.
As you know Baby Yoda toys are nowhere to be found this holiday season, which reminds me of what happened when the original Star Wars film came out in 1977. During the holidays of that year, toy company Kenner issued Early Bird Gift Certificates (seen here on the left), because the toys wouldn’t be ready until the spring of 1978. This stop-gap measure was a huge success, and is fondly remembered by toy collectors to this day.
So I made this gift box/greeting card for fans who find themselves in a similar predicament here in 2019. I hope you enjoy! Happy Holidays.
Note: I will probably delete this in a few months when Baby Yoda toys are everywhere, much like Baby Groot was in the summer of 2014. The look of this design matches a recent 40th anniversary reissue, not the original (sorry).