Wooden iPod Mini, Retro in More Ways Than One

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The iPod Mini is an outdated model, so it's only fitting that Jozaeh's MP3 player is encased in the wood of a stately old Australian red cedar tree. Camphor Laurel comprises the click wheel, and brass plates and screws hold everything together. Says the creator: "I was given a new iPod Mini for Christmas and I just couldn't leave my trusty old mini to sit unused somewhere." Sounds like it was...

Acer Hornet Nettop, Inspired by Wii

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Leaked info is flowing for Acer's Hornet nettop, to the point that we know enough to genuinely get excited. The home theater PC supports 1080p playback over HDMI, running on Intel's Atom N230 processor. The basic model will pack 1 GB of RAM, a 80 GB hard drive and Vista Home Basic, while both the "Deluxe" and "Media Center" models will include 2 GB of RAM, 120 GB of storage, Vista Home Premium...

CaseCrave: Old-School, New-School Edition

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As Nintendo celebrates it's 100 millionth shipped DS handheld, it's only fitting to pick a DS mod for this week's CaseCrave -- and one with a Nintendo theme to boot. The Game and Watch Donkey Kong mod has metal casing on the outside and is pretty close to the real thing, right down to the tacky orange paint job and metal screws on the top screen. It's funny how much the DS actually resembles...

BMW, Thermaltake Team Up for PC Case

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PC cases often look pretty dull out of the box, leaving most of the aesthetic appeal to intrepid modders who custom-build their own designs. Not so with Thermaltake's Level 10 case. Teaming up with BMW's Designworks USA consulting firm, Thermaltake -- which is celebrating its 10th anniversary -- created a PC case that drops the typical gigantic shell in favor of seperate compartments for the...

CaseCrave: Big Empty Canvas Edition

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It appears that Corsair is getting ino the PC case game with this yet-unnamed monstrosity. It's got cut-outs for water cooling and four hot-swap SATA trays for a variety of hard drive configurations, plus three 120mm fan ports on top to keep the heat rising right out of there. Best of all, this thing is screaming for a makeover. I envision some sort of Darth Vader theme, with the hot-swap door...

Abee Japan's new PC Case Looks Like a Table

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Abee Japan has released a new PC case that looks a bit more like a table than a computer. The casing is available in either silver or black and is created completely out of aluminum. What makes this case peculiar is that it's designed to be sort of a raised platform that you can put your monitor on and store your keyboard under.  The casing supports both Micro ATX and Mini ITX motherboards,...

CaseCrave: Ultra-Violent Dystopia Edition

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Inspired by Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece "A Clockwork Orange," the "Overclocked Orange" case mod by David Penfold is built off a Silverstone TJ07 case. The paint job is powder-coated and the body includes a crystal layer of vinyl behind the face and a triple ultra bright white LED to light up the insides. For hardware, there's an Intel Nehalem i7 920 CPU, an Asus Rampage II Extreme...

CaseCrave: Celestial Sneaker Edition

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After doing some serious work on a previously lame-looking C1018 case, modder Benjamin "Benny" Franz emerged with the "Venus." Accentuated by off-angle curves and a smooth, rounded design, this mod reminds me of a designer sneaker; it's beautiful in an abstract sort of way, and it's even got some "laces" in the back. I particularly like how the glass exterior continues along the top of the...

CaseCrave: New-School Arcade Edition

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If you're in the camp that believes video games -- particularly their controllers -- have become too complicated, maybe this will help. Justin at Solomods is selling his personal Xbox 360 arcade cabinet, which consists of an old Simpsons game cabinet with the console parts stuffed inside. It's got a 60 GB hard drive, a 27-inch standard definition monitor and arcade-style joystick and button...

CaseCrave: Corporate Office Edition

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From the front, it's like a skyscraper with tinted windows, complete with the glowing tentacles of a massive corporate machine inside -- that, or really nifty water cooling system. The PermaFrost, by "Snipe Dogg," uses the Lian Li PC-P80 as the base case model, and it's fully decked out with waterblocks, cooling blocks, pumps, ports and radiators. Inside is an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 processor...

The Mini-Mote: Wii-Mote Modder Shrinks the Wii Down to Size

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Back in December, the Wii Modder extraordinare DHRECK showed us his amazing HempMote Wii-mote mod that buzzed loudly throughout the gadget/gaming blogosphere.  If you were half as impressed as we were, prepare to Wii your pants.  DHRECK has created a miniature version of the classic Wii-Mote and nunchuck, the Mini-Mote. The Mini-Mote is constructed from the actual parts of the original...

CaseCrave: Commercially Available Edition

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Most of the work we show on CaseCrave is created out of passion by some intrepid modder, and it's either unavailable for purchase or it requires the sale of a kidney to pay for the commission. This week, we've got something you can actually buy. Silverstone's Raven RV01 PC case slots its expansion cards vertically, due to a motherboard that's rotated by 90 degrees from what you normally see in...

The PC Evolved: 10 Big Technologies for the Year Ahead

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We're now one month into the new year.  When it comes to computing, this year's CES was largely uneventful and uninspiring.  We feel that, in spite of its slow start, the coming year can be a big year for the evolution of the personal computer.  In the last few months, subtle changes have been happening that when paired together make for an exciting moment in the world of computing.  Just...

CaseCrave: Mac and Microsoft Love Edition

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Really, this is just a case mod of a Powerbook inside an Xbox 360, but it looks as though the two mortal enemies of personal computing have found a way to get along. The Xbox G4 was one of the top picks in MacMod's "best of 2008" awards, and uses a regular Xbox 360 painted black to look like the Elite model. The "Ring of Light" is fully functional, and even turns red to give you that momentary...

Super Mario Land Recalled On Back of an Eee

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Using a laser cutter at a Brooklyn hacker collective, flickrer "revolvingdork" etched the entire world map of Super Mario Land onto the back of his Eee PC. This is no joke; you can even see the shading under the clouds and the detail on the platforms. The laser was set at 70 percent speed and 40 percent power, in raster mode, in case you're wondering. Apparently NYC Resistor, which hosted this...

CaseCrave: Back to the Future Edition

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It's hard to pick the coolest thing about Jeffrey "SlipperySkip" Stephenson's "Ingraham" case mod. Maybe it's his insistence on building this and all his other retro computers without power tools. Or perhaps it's his dedication, as he spends roughly 300 hours to complete each one. For those with thousands of dollars to spare, the most interesting fact might be that you can buy these things. In...

CaseCrave: Pop and Lock Edition

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If your PC is going to pop open to reveal its innards, it might as well fan out like the dilophosaurus from Jurassic Park in the process. Bill Owen's mod replaces the mundane hinged doors of the Thermaltake Sword M PC -- which use pneumatic shock absorbers to safely open and close -- with slick metal panels that clasp on top of one another. And of course, what case mod is complete without...

CaseCrave: Christmas Hangover Edition

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It's sad when all the cheeriness of Christmas recedes and all you get for the next few months is cold weather. To cheer you up, here are few shots of the "Ginger Bread PC." A case modder at Envador used hardboard for the walls and weather-stripping caulk for the icing. The hard drive, DVDrom and PSU are mounted underneath the snowy ground. This case mod is completely non-perishable, which...

Change your iPhone with power from the sun

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Looking to go green with your iPhone…or at least be able to get power when there isn’t an outlet around? This solar powered iPhone case from SolarArcadia can re-charge a completely empty iPhone battery in three hours using the power from the sun (or course the case will have to set in the sun for 12 hours beforehand to make that magic happen). While not exactly the most useful for...

IBM ThinkPad W700 with TWO intergrated displays

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You may remember that sweet Apple Tribook we showed you last week. While that laptop was just a concept, this ThinkPad by IBM is actually a reality. The IBM ThinkPad W700 has one main 17-inch screen AND an additional foldable 10.6-inch secondary display. In addition to the pretty awesome screen set-up the laptop has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, NVIDIA Quadro Express graphics, 4GB of DIMM...