Inspired by this neat Nintendo Switch dock, I thought it would be fun to fit an entire game console into a power adapter. The idea is not so far-fetched, nowadays you can get a 4K computer to fit in a tiny box.
This wall adapter features a tiny wireless controller, about the size of the 8bitdo Zero 2. It stores in a small compartment, where it also docks and charges.
After plugging this into the wall, all that is needed is to run an HDMI cable to the TV. Only one cable to deal with! I currently have a Raspberry Pi Zero as my travel kit for gaming, and it needs an HDMI cable, the power adapter, and a wired USB SNES controller to operate. It’s often a tangled, bulky mess.
Speaking of the HDMI cable, I designed the shape of this device to act as a spool for the cable:
With the power prongs folded up, this would make for such a compact kit. I believe it would be small enough to be sold in vending machines at airports and hotels.
For this design I think a bunch of included 8-bit and 16-bit games would complete the package. An SD Card slot for adding games would be welcome too. If you want to be really fancy, this could include wi-fi and streaming apps. A variant with 2 controllers can be done as well.
Several years ago I posted a Ghostbusters nightlight design that functioned like a small standalone sign. Upon reflection I think it would be better if it was a USB wall adapter that also doubled as a nightlight.
It would illuminate when charging a device, or when the room was dark (thanks to a light sensor). The power prongs fold up for convenience.
The THOR Hammer Tool Set was recently given the mini treatment, thought I’d do the same for the He-Man power bar that I posted a few years ago. This time the power sword is a compact USB wall adapter that also doubles as a Nite Lite.
I wanted this to be illuminated to simulate the “I have the POWER” sequence. It lights up when something is plugged-in, or automatically at night thanks to a light sensor.
The power prongs fold down to make this convenient for travel. A purple variant for Skeletor could also be done, something I didn’t mention in that power bar post. In hindsight I would also like the old power bar design to be illuminated, like this other power bar I designed.
That’s right, Canadian Army Knife, because what have the Swiss ever done? Nationality aside, this is something I would’ve liked a month ago when I was traveling: an all-in-one USB thingy so I’d have less junk to deal with.
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The hearts illuminate when this is charging a device, and can double as a nite-lite as well thanks to a sensor. The prongs fold up for travel use.
A translucent purple wall brick that has an LED light that illuminates when plugged-in, so it could double as a nite-lite when not powering/charging USB devices. It could have Autobot or Decepticon branding, but I prefer the plain version.
Here is WALL-E in his hibernation cube mode. When plugged into the wall he has a little display that illuminates to show something is powered or charging. The display is just a back-lit piece of translucent plastic, not an actual LCD display.