In the past few years Kintaro and RetroFlag have released a bunch of Nintendo-inspired cases for the Raspberry Pi 3, and they are all pretty darn impressive (personally I’m holding out for a Sega Genesis version). Thought I would design a case for the tiny Raspberry Pi Zero based on the R.O.B. toy.
Continue reading ➞ Nintendo R.O.B. Raspberry Pi Case
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.
So I bring you this Soundwave design. It is based on several existing record players that are currently on the market, so this design is merely a paint job and some stickers away from happening. I’d tackle this myself but I don’t collect records.
I thought about placing a Laserbeak atop the needle, but the added weight might ruin some records. This design could be applied to Autobot Blaster, but he would be better suited for a portable record player.
Here’s a bottle opener that will light your darkest hour! It features a push-button LED light, so this would make for a handy keychain combo. I could also see geeks wearing this around their neck with a chain just like Galvatron, a tyrant who loves bling.
There are several Transformers-themed bottle openers currently available on the market, so this design could potentially be made in the future. I didn’t think Hasbro would allow their toy brand to be used for a beer-opening product, so color me surprised here.
Bonus: originally I was going to make this a keychain power bank and LED light combo, but a bottle opener seemed more useful to me. I have a few power banks and I never really use them.
Here’s an arcade cabinet that can transform into a driving cabinet, ideal for playing a greater variety of arcade games while saving some space in your living quarters. This is my dream gaming device, allowing me to stand up and play Pac-Man, or sit on my butt and play American Truck Simulator.
Continue reading ➞ Transforming Arcade Cabinet
I am very intrigued by the potential of Amazon’s line of personal assistants (Alexa and Echo), my hope is that one day we get HAL 9000 and GLaDOS versions of the device. Thought I would take a stab at the latter, but GLaDOS’ robotic body doesn’t fit so I enlisted the Companion Cube and the incinerator. This would still feature GLaDOS’ voice, in an ideal world.
Continue reading ➞ Portal Personal Assistant
At first glance this is your typical LED desk lamp, with adjustable arm and pivoting light, nothing special. You park it by the couch or bed, and it blends into the scenery. But upon closer inspection this lamp becomes a handy device for for Switch gamers.
In reality it’s a cradle/mount for the Switch console. The handheld can be attached to either side of the light casing using its Joy-Con connectors. You can also charge the Switch by plugging it into a USB port on the ‘neck’ of the lamp. Charging is indicated by a small red light.
The lamp affords an elevated and adjustable display, allowing you to just hold a controller while sitting in bed or on the couch. And if you want to lie down, the screen could be placed directly overhead. The future is now, couch potatoes.