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
The last post which featured Mario Karters running amok all over the track got me thinking: wouldn’t it be cool if you could combat other racers head-on for brief stretches?
How it works: The racers are split into 2 groups. They race on two tracks (that are mirror opposites) which are conjoined in small stretches (“Chaos Zones”, in light gray in above image), allowing racers to combat each other head-on. The start/finish line is placed on a conjoined section.
Continue reading ➞ Racing Game Proposal: Head-On Combat Zones
UPDATE: this tee is no longer available, the merchant that sold them is now closed.
I do offer shirts here at davesgeekyideas. It’s not something I like to broadcast for two reasons: I like the “hidden gem” approach with these shirts, and also they are incredibly expensive. $27 for a custom T-Shirt?! Sorry for that. I wish they used Gildan instead of American Apparel. Ah well.
It’s been awhile since the last Watch This post, so I thought I’d revisit the series with this Hot Wheels entry. Essentially the wrist strap is comprised of the Hot Wheels orange modular track that was popular in the 70’s and 80’s, and features some miniature cars that traverse said track.
The watch would work if the cars were static, but I think it’s possible to have them loose and affixed to the track, like beads to a thread. A flick of the wrist would have the card race around.
This layout has the cars entering and exiting the watch face, however they could remain outside. You could even have a lone car enclosed in the watch face doing an eternal loop.
Like this idea? Check out this clock or this sign design. Here is the rest of the Watch This series.
If I were to open a car dealership the first order of business would be a sign, one that is essentially a giant Hot Wheels package containing an actual car.
Not only would it serve as eye-catching signage, but it would also serve to highlight a particular car – much like dealerships do when they place a single car on a ramp or display stand to make it stand out from the lot.
This sign would also illicit smiles from those who see it because it triggers feelings of nostalgia, particularly the experience of car shopping when you were a kid. Because back then all the cars were in card packages sitting on pegs.
This type of signage makes it clear the car is a purchase item, and also implies the car is really cool and fun to drive.
It would only work for car brands that had a few cool models in their lineup. Seeing a Mustang or Challenger enclosed in the sign is appropriate. A compact or a station wagon, not so much.
UPDATE (June 10th/2015): well this idea has since been used several times (2013 onwards), so you’re welcome, auto shows/auto dealers.