I didn’t realize how popular mini PC’s have gotten lately. Entire desktops with a Windows OS stuffed into a small case for a few hundred bucks, a bargain I would’ve jumped at a few times in the past.
Most cases are similar in shape and design to a Roku or Apple TV player, but seeing as they usually have ports on all 4 sides I was reminded of the Game Boy 4-player adapter, so I threw this concept together.
I’ve never used this Game Boy adapter before, but I was always fond of its design. I don’t think Nintendo has ever designed an ugly console or peripheral before. Well, maybe the original DS.
AtGames will be releasing their 8th Atari Flashback this fall (the first for HD displays), and judging by early reviews it’s a very good system at a great price. That’s the good news, the bad news is these Atari’s are kinda ugly! The big buttons on the console look as though Playskool or Fisher Price designed an Atari for toddlers, that’s the nicest way I can describe it.
Continue reading ➞ Atari Flashback Redesign
EverDrive Cartridges are game cartridges that feature an SD card slot for storing a large collection of game ROMs, essentially a multi-cart with a library you can edit. They are made for just about every cartridge-based console from yesteryear, from the NES to the N64. I think these products are great for allowing gamers to collect and play older games, despite the ROM piracy. Some games are tough to come by after a few decades.
I’d like to take the Everdrive a step further by including a screen and some play controls, transforming the cartridge into portable handheld console as well. It still plugs into a console for big screen gaming, but now you can take it on the road too. Sort of like a Nintendo Switch!
Continue reading ➞ EverDrive Cartridge Handheld Design
I’m sure this is not the first time someone has thought of using an Etch A Sketch as a photo frame, but as a digital photo frame? Might be uncharted territory. What really clinches this concept is using an e-paper display screen (like a Kindle Paperwhite), for a black-and-white display that has no back light, making it look like a real Etch A Sketch toy.
This would sit on your desk and cycle through your personal photos, however I would use it for Calvin and Hobbes and Far Side comics. I suppose a clock and calendar could also be embedded in the display somewhere.
Each image would appear to be “sketched” when coming into view. I would also include an app to allow sketching with the knobs, if you feel like doodling stuff. You could also save sketches and see them in a slideshow too.
SEGA will be offering a new version of the Genesis Flashback later this year, their answer to the wildly popular NES/SNES Classic editions offered by Nintendo. It features HDMI output and 2 wireless controllers, so what’s not to love? Well it’s made by AtGames, so I strongly advise folks to wait for reviews before buying.
Continue reading ➞ SEGA Genesis Classic Design
I’ve been wanting to design a case for the Raspberry Pi for years now, so I’m happy to share this concept with you today. This is cheating a bit, as it based on an existing computer, the ill-fated Hot Wheels PC from the 90’s. Those were crazy times, entire desktop PCs marketed towards spoiled brats.
Continue reading ➞ Hot Wheels Raspberry Pi Case
This isn’t a geeky design at first glance however this Roku concept is inspired by Transformers, so it’s more than meets the eye one could say. No, it doesn’t transform, but do read on.
Continue reading ➞ Roku Player Design