Custom Atari 2600 PC by Hard Drives Northwest | US$na | hdnw.com
Atari was to console gaming like Commodore 64 was to personal computer – in the 80s, that is. 30 years on, computing and graphics power have improved immensely and it seems like our quest for a pixel-perfect world has no room for the once glorious pixelated past. regardless, some of us – each with their own reason or reasons – still feel nostalgic about the pixelated gaming days and it was such passion that fueled the (re)birth of Atari eight classic Atari games built entirely with HTML5 Continue reading Custom Atari 2600 PC by Hard Drives Northwest
(photos: Jeffrey Stephenson) Aerodyne mini-ITX PC | US$tba | slipperyskip.com
1930s was most remembered as the time of Betty Boop, Charlie Chaplin, mobsters with Tommy Guns, the Auburn Boat-tail Roadster and perhaps, the Art Deco style flair that comes along with these icons. if you are a computer-geek that adores what the 30s had brought, then the Aerodyne mini-ITX PC is the PC for you. custom crafted by one Jeffrey Stephenson, the fanless mini-ITX case is crafted from mahogany, accented with aluminum and despite its vintage outlook, under the hood is a host of modern electronic wizardries that include Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD), and a 150W power supply. totally sensible cos’ it is obvious that PC is virtually non-existence in the 1930s. Continue reading Aerodyne 1930s-style mini-ITX PC
if you have a vintage setup at home, the last thing you want is a modern looking PC to blemish the totality of it. so what do you do? build a vintage radio computer case, that’s what you do. though it would help if you have meddle in building a PC case before. if you are ready to get your hands dirty but do not know how to kick off this project, Instructables member, longwinters, is here to offer his help. a full wood shop proprietor by profession, longwinters spent 40 hours in creating this awesome looking vintage radio computer case, complete with authentic-looking radio dials, funky 50s meter, and a knife-switch that we adore so much. we are totally sold but due to our lack of technical hands, we shall let those with such an adventurous spirit proceed with this project. Continue reading awesome vintage radio computer case is not a radio hack
(image credit: Benjamin Bachmeier)
one dude by the name of Benjamin Bachmeier has created something that might just put a smile on every iPhone 4 fans – white iPhone 4 to be exact. Ben’s creation is an oversized tabletop computer resembling the much sought after iOS device. simply dubbed as iTableous, this beautifully crafted giant white iPhone 4 is blessed with Zotac Ionitx A-E 2.01GHz processor, 4GB DDR2 RAM, 500-GB hard drive, SuperDrive CD/DVD-RW, a 5.7-megapixels camera with 720p video recording capability and a host of connectivity that includes line-in port, USB, HDMI, eSATA, S/PDIF, DVI, Ethernet port, WiFi and Bluetooth. there is even a regular Apple 30-pin dock connector concealed under the Home Button to hook up to your real deal iOS device. Continue reading iTableous – custom PC in the guise of a giant white iPhone 4
there’s something unexplainably alluring about the retro movement, even more so if it’s retro sci-fi. think Lost in Space (20th Century Fox/CBS, 1965-1968) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (MGM, 1968), and you will get the idea. the Sputnik 0667 as it is called, fits right into the ever sexy retro sci-fi category and you will be forgiven to think this might have came out from the set of Lost in Space. yes, is it that realistically retro sci-fi looking. however, beyond its retro-gorgeous look, is a fully-functional Windows-based personal computer. Continue reading Love Hulten’s Sputnik 0667 PC case mod – retro sci-fi at its best
(credit: Kirk DuQuette)
rejoice for all steampunk lovers! i bet you are gonna love Kirk DuQuette for what he has done to the 21st century gadgets that we all love so dearly. Kirk is the brain behind a bunch of creative steampunked modern gadgets that ranges from personal computers to peripherals such as keyboards, to iPad/iPod docks. i am sure most of us known what steampunk is. no? basically, “steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy.” steampunk is closely associated with the rustic vintage look, gears and cogs, and the heavy use of brass elements. Continue reading Steampunk computers and peripherals that money can buy
(credit: Bods Mods)
yet another PC casemod that goes directly into the coolest mod list. conceived and scratch built by case modder known as Bods Mods, this TRON Lightcycle PC definitely sits right on the top of the coolest of the cool list. the love for the TRON movies inspired Bods Mods to create this beautiful work of art. the custom case was scratch built with lots of time spent on 3D programing to fit the necessary components in while maintaining a relatively small size. it fact, Bods Mods managed to stay within a 40-inches (102 cm) length. Continue reading awesome casemod: Bods Mods’ TRON Lightcycle PC
(credit: Murderbox) Murderbox Gaming PC | from US$6,000.00 | www.murderbox.com
i respect those who has the patience to build beautiful custom PC but i have even more respect for those who willingly fork out astronomical sum for them. here’s one PC that the latter group of gaming folks would buy. dubbed the Murderbox, which is not exactly a pleasant or beautiful (likely, more sinister) name but this custom PC has every bit of the latest hardware that money can buy in it. so what’s the specs for such sinister named PC? Continue reading what’s the craziest name for a monstrous PC? Murderbox?
(image credit: Milwaukee Makerspace)
there are computer users who are pro laptops and then there are those who are pro desktops. what if the pro desktop folks want to move around and wished they could take their PC along? well, one of the member (RBean) over at the Milwaukee Makerspace hacked a semi-portable computer case together as a “proof of concept”, thus making ‘carrying your PC around’ a reality. i must say the wooden case looks pretty awesome. the case is made out of 1/2-inch oak plywood and has an open top with space ample for storing a keyboard and a trackball mouse.
the lower portion of the wooden box is removable, which also houses the mainboard, hard drive and a full-size power supply. ventilation holes were also created to facilitate cooling with could otherwise be too hot for a wooden enclosure. we can see four nodes sticking out on the LCD side of the case which serves to protect the LCD in the event of toppling over. completing the PC is a shoulder strap for the user to lug this 40-lbs (about 18 kg) baby around. not exactly light weight but hey, it is portable right? check more images below.
Milwaukee Makerspace via Hack A Day
(image credit: Coobeeo) Coobeeo HELLO-Q PC Case | US$tbc | www.coobeeo.com.tw
if you are still contemplating on building a LEGO PC case, here’s one case that might saves you the adventure. just announced by Coobeeo Technology Co., Ltd, a Taiwan-based PC case manufacturer, is a LEGO-inspired PC case dubbed the HELLO-Q. measuring 450 x 200 x 410 mm, this novel PC case has a studded faceplate that allows user have LEGO-like fun on it, such as forming up of words or even creating a holder for your stationery. i don’t think you be using this in the office, but if you do, you can put words like ‘i hate you, boss’ or sort. aside the studded face, the faceplate includes a pair of USB port and the standard audio jacks. the case is design to fit ATX or micro ATX mainboard and will comes in four flavor of colors, namely, black, pink, baby blue and white.
no words on its pricing and availability but it sure helps if you have contacts over in Taiwan who can help to snoop this baby out. looks cool but we prefer to have studs all round the case, not just the faceplate.
(image credit: Coobeeo) quick customization such as stationery holder or form words on the PC faceplate
Coobeeo via Akihabara News