Water Surface Interface Turns Your Bathtub Into A Touchscreen Computer
Using a PC, projector, and a Microsoft Kinect, you can have a bathtub that would make even Tony Stark a bit jealous.


Behold, the AquaTop. No need to worry about dropping your electronic portable devices in the water during bath time when your bathtub can do pretty much anything you can do on your laptop. You can play touchscreen games by either poking at the waters surface from above, or poking up from underneath.

Via Gajitz

The PC attached to the system also allows you to use the surface of your bath water as a desktop computer. You can scoop up a piece of media that is projected on the water and drop it onto a media player, which will start the media playing. Projected images can be removed from the “screen” by making waves in the water that wash them away, or by simply reaching three fingers up from beneath the water and “pulling” the images under.

But can you play League of Legends on it? And has anyone figured out crazy porn-related stuff to do with this thing yet? If not, it’s really only a matter of time.

Water Surface Interface Turns Your Bathtub Into A Touchscreen Computer

Using a PC, projector, and a Microsoft Kinect, you can have a bathtub that would make even Tony Stark a bit jealous.

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Tiny-ass Arcade Machines
Made using LEDs and little portable LCD photo frame displaying screenshots of arcade classics. The arcades themselves were made with a 3D printer and you can get all the files to make your own over at Thingverse.

Tiny-ass Arcade Machines

Made using LEDs and little portable LCD photo frame displaying screenshots of arcade classics. The arcades themselves were made with a 3D printer and you can get all the files to make your own over at Thingverse.

(Source: hackaday.com)

Arcade Machine Hacked To Control RC Cars
Take a close look at the Sega Rally arcade cabinet pictured up top. Those aren’t the game’s graphics on the screen. It’s a live feed from a camera mounted onto an RC car that it controlled by the arcade. There’s even an option to switch between 1st and 3rd person views!

The cabinet is hooked up to an Arduino and I’m sure there’s all sorts of sciency stuff involved that I won’t ever understand, but it’s all pretty dang fresh.
The whole project was developed for the SAPO Codebits VI conference in Portugal.
Check out some footage of the Sega Rally Championship RC Cars Project below.

Arcade Machine Hacked To Control RC Cars

Take a close look at the Sega Rally arcade cabinet pictured up top. Those aren’t the game’s graphics on the screen. It’s a live feed from a camera mounted onto an RC car that it controlled by the arcade. There’s even an option to switch between 1st and 3rd person views!

The cabinet is hooked up to an Arduino and I’m sure there’s all sorts of sciency stuff involved that I won’t ever understand, but it’s all pretty dang fresh.

The whole project was developed for the SAPO Codebits VI conference in Portugal.

Check out some footage of the Sega Rally Championship RC Cars Project below.

(Source: thearcademan.net)

Want: Vinyl Toy Hacked Into A Retro Gaming Machine
German designer Hannes Hummel tricked out this Qee figure using the guts from a Game Boy Advance with a chip soldered on that features full motion video playback, a web & file browser, and various game console emulators which are controlled with an NES gamepad. He calls his creation Super Gigan and I really freaking want one.
Buy: Qee figuresPeep it: More custom toys

Want: Vinyl Toy Hacked Into A Retro Gaming Machine

German designer Hannes Hummel tricked out this Qee figure using the guts from a Game Boy Advance with a chip soldered on that features full motion video playback, a web & file browser, and various game console emulators which are controlled with an NES gamepad. He calls his creation Super Gigan and I really freaking want one.

Buy: Qee figures
Peep it: More custom toys

NES Zapper Modded Into A Laser That Can Burn Your Eyeballs Out Of Your Skull [VIDEO]

The dudes over at North Street Labs decided (rightfully so) that the Nintendo Zapper would be infinitely more awesome if it could actually burn things. This is the results.

Check out instructions on how to make your own here. Just don’t go shooting your eyes out or setting your house on fire.

Related:

Buy: Original NES Zapper 
Peep it: Custom digital camo NES Zapper

(Source: hackaday.com)

The Human Centipede Of N64 Controllers
UK modder Clarky mutated two N64 controllers together so that his friend could play Star Wars: Episode One Racer. See, there’s a code you can put into the game that lets you control both Pod Racer engines using analog sticks from two controllers. If old-ass Star Wars games aren’t your thing, then you’ll be happy to know that, yes, this controller also works with Goldeneye.
Check a video of the controller in action below.

(via Kotaku)

The Human Centipede Of N64 Controllers

UK modder Clarky mutated two N64 controllers together so that his friend could play Star Wars: Episode One Racer. See, there’s a code you can put into the game that lets you control both Pod Racer engines using analog sticks from two controllers. If old-ass Star Wars games aren’t your thing, then you’ll be happy to know that, yes, this controller also works with Goldeneye.

Check a video of the controller in action below.

(via Kotaku)

A Little Bit On The Hybrid Side: The 3DS Circle Pad Pro gets a PlayStation controller mod thanks to one ingenuitive Japanese gamer. If only they could get it to support DualShock.

(via Kotaku)

A Little Bit On The NES-A-Sketch Side: Modder Alpinedelta32 used an Arduino to hack an old NES controller into controlling an Etch-A-Sketch. Brilliant.

(via Engadget)

Microsoft as the Good Guys? Nah.
I recently read an article in Wired magazine about how Microsoft’s Kinect has reignited the hardware hacking scene. One thing they touched upon is how MS did a total 180, first by saying that they didn’t condone the use of the hardware through anything other than a 360 console, then by saying that they openly support Kinect hacking. In fact, as you probably know, they’re releasing drivers and an SDK for Windows. A big and sudden turnaround like this isn’t seen that often, so when it does, it comes off as a little fishy. And I hate fish.
What I’m getting at is that MS would have you believe they’ve been the good guys all along. They’ve even gone as far as to say their initial negative reaction to Kinect hacking was simply a PR blunder and that they’ve always meant for it to be pseudo-open-source. Maybe I’m a cynical asshole, but I have a hard time swallowing that one. Microsoft saw an opportunity to heighten their stature among us nerds and seized upon it. They knew there was no going back after Kinect was hacked within days of its release. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. They knew their best bet at that point was to feign enthusiasm rather than play their same old grumpy role.
I’m not a Microsoft hater, and I’m not saying that an official Kinect SDK is a bad thing. Not at all. In fact, it was an undeniably cool move on Microsoft’s part. And that influence is spreading quick. Now Sony (doing what they do best) are playing catch-up and releasing drivers for their Move hardware.
What I’ve always been weary of though, is business’ fawning in order to gain support and, ultimately, customers. Manipulation by corporations is usually considered to be the stuff of tinfoil-hat-wearing schizophrenics, but unfortunately it’s a reality. What we have to remember is who’s really on our side - the side that wants to improve technology and society. Is that Microsoft, McDonalds, and Wal-Mart, or the (whitehat) hackers who are coding all sorts of useful Kinect apps? I think the answer is pretty clear.

Microsoft as the Good Guys? Nah.

I recently read an article in Wired magazine about how Microsoft’s Kinect has reignited the hardware hacking scene. One thing they touched upon is how MS did a total 180, first by saying that they didn’t condone the use of the hardware through anything other than a 360 console, then by saying that they openly support Kinect hacking. In fact, as you probably know, they’re releasing drivers and an SDK for Windows. A big and sudden turnaround like this isn’t seen that often, so when it does, it comes off as a little fishy. And I hate fish.

What I’m getting at is that MS would have you believe they’ve been the good guys all along. They’ve even gone as far as to say their initial negative reaction to Kinect hacking was simply a PR blunder and that they’ve always meant for it to be pseudo-open-source. Maybe I’m a cynical asshole, but I have a hard time swallowing that one. Microsoft saw an opportunity to heighten their stature among us nerds and seized upon it. They knew there was no going back after Kinect was hacked within days of its release. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. They knew their best bet at that point was to feign enthusiasm rather than play their same old grumpy role.

I’m not a Microsoft hater, and I’m not saying that an official Kinect SDK is a bad thing. Not at all. In fact, it was an undeniably cool move on Microsoft’s part. And that influence is spreading quick. Now Sony (doing what they do best) are playing catch-up and releasing drivers for their Move hardware.

What I’ve always been weary of though, is business’ fawning in order to gain support and, ultimately, customers. Manipulation by corporations is usually considered to be the stuff of tinfoil-hat-wearing schizophrenics, but unfortunately it’s a reality. What we have to remember is who’s really on our side - the side that wants to improve technology and society. Is that Microsoft, McDonalds, and Wal-Mart, or the (whitehat) hackers who are coding all sorts of useful Kinect apps? I think the answer is pretty clear.

Here’s a sweet little Game Boy Camera mod that turns the camera into a camcorder with 320 x 240 resolution, a 40 GB hard drive, 50 minutes of battery like, and it runs on a single 9-volt battery.

[Via GoNintendo]

Holy crap. I want a USBTypewriter right freaking now! You just hook it up to your PC or even your iPad, then type away. And the best part: it works as a real typewriter so that you can make hard copies WHILE you’re typing up a digital copy! Shit, that’s awesome!

I need one of these so I can get all kinds of drunk and hopped up and Peyote like my idol Hunter S. Thompson and finally write my memoir: Fear and Loathing in the Blogosphere.

You can get plans to build one yourself or buy them already made from the USBTypewriter Etsy shop.

Big ups to Jon for the tip!

4 Super Mario Bros. Games Beaten With One Controller AT THE SAME TIME!

Okay, so this is a TAS’d (Tool Assisted) hack which makes it slightly less impressive, but it’s still quite the feat. This particular video shows Super Mario Bros. 1, 2 (US version), 2 (Japanese version), and 3 all being completed in 13 minutes using the same controller.

Here’s the technical info from Metafilter on how this madness was accomplished:

There’s a ton of reading you can do on the tasvideos website to learn about how people do this, but long story short, different games do wildly different things on a per-frame basis that let you pull of these kinds of shenanigans when you can issue input at super-human levels. For example, game 1 might only poll the controller state on even-numbered frames, and game 2 might only actually start your character moving if the controller has held down the right arrow for at least 2 frames. You send RLRLRLRLRLRLRLRLRLRLRL on the controller, game 1 sees RRRR and you run full-speed, game 2 sees RLRLRL and makes you stand still.

TAS Videos also do weird things like pressing L and R at the same time (or even UDLR), which makes most games behave in unexpected ways (e.g. game 1 might treat this as R and game 2 might treat it as “do nothing”).

[Via Nerdcore]

Dude Crams N64 Into A Game Boy Advance Carrying Case Shaped Like A Game Boy Advance.
This was made by a dude calling himself hailrazer on the MODDEDbyBACTERIA forums. He stuffed the guts of an N64 into a comically large GBA case and, presto!, The N64Boy Advance was born.
Click here for a video of the thing in action.
[Via Engadget]

Dude Crams N64 Into A Game Boy Advance Carrying Case Shaped Like A Game Boy Advance.

This was made by a dude calling himself hailrazer on the MODDEDbyBACTERIA forums. He stuffed the guts of an N64 into a comically large GBA case and, presto!, The N64Boy Advance was born.

Click here for a video of the thing in action.

[Via Engadget]

Creepy Pokémon “Ghost Black” Urban Legend Is Now A Playable Demo.

If you’re not familiar with the Ghost Black hack, get schooled here. Then download the Ghost Black demo HERE.

[GoNintendo via Tiny Cartridge]

Creepy Pokémon hack/urban legend becoming a reality thanks to a group of ROM hackers.
Remember that super creepy Pokémon Black hack we mentioned a while ago? Well, it’s probably fake, but not for long. A bunch of ROM hackers are planning to make their own version by hacking a Pokémon Fire Red ROM. Not only do they plan on making a version of the legendary hack, but they also plan to release their own version based on the legend.
Check out all the info here.
[Via Tiny Cartridge]

Creepy Pokémon hack/urban legend becoming a reality thanks to a group of ROM hackers.

Remember that super creepy Pokémon Black hack we mentioned a while ago? Well, it’s probably fake, but not for long. A bunch of ROM hackers are planning to make their own version by hacking a Pokémon Fire Red ROM. Not only do they plan on making a version of the legendary hack, but they also plan to release their own version based on the legend.

Check out all the info here.

[Via Tiny Cartridge]

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