A few years ago Intel released the Compute Stick, a small computer that was about the size of a USB thumb drive or a pack of gum. I thought it was pretty neat to have a desktop PC in such a compact form.
If it were up to me, a new version would look like the old Pentium 2 or Pentium 3 chips, which had an appearance similar to a video game cartridge. This new Compute Stick would be larger, roughly the same size as the aforementioned Pentium chips.
The holographic sticker would serve as the power button. An array of ports would be available on both sides.
I’m not a fan of the original Compute Stick’s HDMI connector, which had the computer plug directly into a display (like a Roku or Amazon Fire stick). This can be a problem if the HDMI port on the display is difficult to access or is flush against the wall. I prefer an HDMI cable between the computer and display, which makes the power button easier to access.
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.
This is a Bluetooth Speaker and Headphones combo, allowing users to toggle between both audio options for their smartphones. I also added a wireless charging pad for a smartphone — because the Lantern needs to recharge something, right? The wireless pad is optional, I imagine many people would be happy with just the first two items.
Continue reading ➞ Green Lantern Bluetooth Speaker And Headphones
Last year Hyperkin unveiled their Retron 77, an Atari clone system with HDMI output. It has a similar look to their recent Retron 1 HD and Supa Retron HD systems. The company makes good-looking clone systems so I’m a big fan of theirs.
Continue reading ➞ Hyperkin Retron 77 Redesign
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 again? Yes I posted a design 8 years ago, and it got some traction with fans. I’m now sharing this version of the concept because there have been a few close calls in making it an actual product, but one of the biggest hurdles was the cost to manufacture this.
Continue reading ➞ BTTF Time Circuits Alarm Clock