Cool Mods – The Remixed Xbox 360 controller

Check out this modded Xbox 360 controller from moder Foo Foo from Acid Mods.

xbox controller mod

You may remember Microsoft saying they were going to redesign the 360 controller to make it more usable for first person shooters. Well to my knowledge this never came to market. So I decided to build my own version of what I think it would have been like.

Foo Foo has moved the action buttons to the underneath of the controller, which means he can shot without having to take his thumb off the thumbstick, thus making FPS games a lot easier to play.

Here’s a video of it in action.

Acid Mods via BB Gadgets

Gaming Mods – The Xbox 360 Lian Li Case – PC-XB01

Here’s a novel case for your Xbox 360 from the guys at Lian Li, the PC-XB01 case.

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The PC-XB01 case is designed to keep your Xbox 360 cool and solve overheating problems, it is also designed to keep it quite.   The dual 70mm fans on the Xbox 360 are replaced with one 120mm ultra quiet fan.
There is just one problem with it though, it is four times the size of your Xbox 360 case. The PC-Xb01 case will go on sale at the end of August, there is no word on pricing as yet.

Product Page via Boing Boing and Hack A Day

Cool Mods – The DIY LED Chess Set

Check out this cool DIY LED chess set, it was made by Instructables member Tetranitrate.

diy led chess set

Sixteen blue LEDs and sixteen green LEDs are glued inside the hollow recesses in the base of each chess piece. The positive contacts for the LEDs are wired to copper washers attached to the base of each chess piece. The negative contacts for the LEDs are clipped to be made flush with the rest of the base.

A conductive chessboard is made from a sheet of copper. The sheet is wired to the positive lead from a power transformer. Insulated holes through the center of each square on the board allow magnets to pass through. The magnets connect and hold a negatively wired steel plate underneath to the negative leads from the LEDs.

Here is a video of this cool DIY LED chess set in action.

If you want to make your own, head on over to Instructables for full instructions.

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Cool Mods – The Munny Speakers

Check out these cool homemade speakers, made my moder Ed Lewis (Fungus Amungus) from Instructables.

munny speakers

Ed used a custom vinyl doll called a Munny doll from the vinyl miniature creators over at Kidrobot.

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As the dolls Ed wanted to use were vinyl, they were extremely hard to cut, so he used a heat gun to heat up the vinyl and then was able to cut the face of these cute little dolls to make room for his speakers.

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He then used a set of 3 inch Tang Band bamboo speakers which fit perfectly into the butchered doll.

This is great mod and these would look really cool sitting next to your PC, if you want to make your own head on over to Instructables for full instructions.

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Cool Mods – The Computervision PC Mod

Check out this cool PC mod from moder DSchrubbe.

computervision pc mod

He used an old portable TV from the 1950′s to house this clever mod.

Originally a 1957 Setchell-Carlson P-62 portable television, this great chassis now houses a PC and flatscreen monitor. Wi-Fi, a wireless keyboard, and wireless mouse reduce clutter. I hope to modify the peripherals to a similar style (one day).

Now all he needs is a retro looking mouse and keyboard to go with this cool PC mod.

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Cool Mods – The PowerBook Desktop Mac Mod

What do you do with your old PowerBook when it becomes broken and almost beyond use ? you turn it into this awesome desktop Mac Mod, like moder Richard Hunt.

powebook destop casemod

Essentially, the case is made of two sheets of white acrylic, bolted together by socket countersunk screws. Ive used 15mm chrome pipe as the four spacers between the acrylic sheet. The perforated steel was cut to my specifications by a very helpful chap found on eBay. Cutting the CD drive slot was a little tricky, as was drilling the power button hole, but once done they seem to function ok.

I have to say this is an amazing mod, and it looks great, head on over to Mac Mod for full details on how Richard made it.

via Technabob

Cool Mods – The Super Mario Galaxy Wii Mod – being auctioned for charity

Check out this amazing modded Nintendo Wii from Wii Moder Ramon of Morpheon Mods, the guy behind some of the awesome Wii Mods we have seen before like the Clerks Wii Mod.

super mario galaxy wii mod

This amazing Wii mod has a custom console stand with an integrated Wii mote holder and a comparment for recharging the batteries.

super mario galaxy wii mod

On each side of the stand there is limited edition Mario figurine, which are no longer available.

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Ramon has also given this Super Mario Galaxy Wii Mod a great paint job, which really makes this custom Wii console stand out.

The good news is that this custom console can be yours, it is up for sale on Ebay and the proceeds are going to the Child’s Play charity.
Check out this video of it in action.

via Gizmodo

Cool Mods – The Apple IIgs Laptop Mod from Ben Heck

Here’s another cool mod from moder extraordinaire Ben Heck, this time it’s an Apple IIgs Laptop.

ben heck apple IIgs laptop

Ben wanted the laptop mod to look like a laptop which had been designed in the 80′s like the Apple IIgs, looks like he has done a pretty good job of it.

apple IIgs laptop

ben heck apple IIgs laptop mod

Here’s some of the specs.

  • Large 15? color screen. Much bigger than the ones on my other 8-bit computer projects (thus far)
  • Uses an original Apple IIgs motherboard with RAM expansion.
  • Custom acrylic keyboard. It uses the original keyboard PCB, but the buttons were custom made for a cool modern look.
  • CompactFlash adapter inside unit functions as an original equipment hard drive.
  • Glowing backlit ][ logo. Blue for on, with a bit of yellow during disk access.
  • Built-in stereo speakers.
  • Side port access for floppy drive, joystick and mouse.
  • Can play Arkanoid II!

Head on over to Ben Heck’s website for full details of this amazing mod, there is also a video worth checking out.

via Engadget

Cool Mods – The Multari – The Handheld Atari 2600

Check out this amazing mod, the Multari, a handheld Atari 2600 with 32 games built in.


Since it’s really easy to get the game ROMs to boot straight off an EEPROM, I decided to use one… except I didn’t have any usable EEPROMs, or even a suitable programmer! Instead, I grabbed a 128kB FlashROM from an old motherboard where it was the BIOS chip.
The board you see in the picture above is a general-purpose prototyping board I made last year, and the first one I had fabricated professionally. I wired the ROM socket to the I/O of a Cypress FX2, which is essentially a 8051 microprocessor with built-in capability.

The case is built from vacuum formed styrene plastic, there is also a 5 inch display and built in speakers.

Check out the video of the amazing mod in action.

Moders site via Engadget