Category Archives: Hacks



I know, I know, I should probably just give up on this now that the #nintendonx has been announced…but meh, obsession is as obsession does…got finished with revisions based on the V1 and have sent out for prints. Managed to cut 1/4″ from the overall thickness which I’m very excited about. For those of you that have asked about board specs, I still haven’t settled on a final board to put in there. Still benchmarking various #coreM3 boards.



On some of these builds the tolerances are so tight and space is at such a premium that the standard amount that a #USB extender or a flash drive sticks out is too great. In those cases the only recourse left is to solder straight to the pins in the connector itself… pic is of a USB3 flash drive with the housing removed with its pins directly soldered to the pins in the connector.

#SecretHandheldProject = #PortableSteamMachine


Long post incoming…So about 8 years ago I got it into my head to make a portable #Microsoft #Windows PC to play games on. At first I tried using full mini-itx boards with half height graphics cards, and while it ran, it weighed 5lbs and ran for about 15mins on batteries. Over the years I’ve revisited the project, I’ll buy some hardware, but I can never get the runtime or the weight or the capacity I’m looking for. When the #psvita came out I had hoped that it would fill this niche but it never really did. About a month ago a friend of mine sent me that concept image of a modern #gameboy that Florian Renner produced and it made me want to revive the old project. A month later this is a working prototype for a handheld #steammachine based on his design. Version 2 should be thinner and have better feeling controls but this is the closest I’ve come to making the device I wanted to make almost a decade ago. #retrogamer#retrocollective



So I got as done as I’m going to get for today. As anticipated I’m running on no sleep. Not sure if I finished the portable I was working on last night/this morning as I had just enough time to wire everything up and let my terrible paint job dry enough to be holdable…LIPOs didn’t come in this week so we’ll see if turns on once it’s plugged in. If any of you are coming to #Makerfaire today be sure to say hi 🙂


Had a chance to revisit making a mask based on#skelevex . The challenge is scaling it up large enough to completely fit over my head without deforming it too much. As you can see, I tried quite a few scales. Ultimately I decided that it might work better as a face mask rather than a helmet. So now I’ve got a little Golgotha on a book shelf, or plenty of practice skulls should I want to take up phrenology.skulls