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March 20, 2015

Raspberry Pi Minecraft Blocks with NFC

at 4:47 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Game Hacks


If you are into minecraft you will soon be able to use some technology to interact with the game using physical objects. Adafruit is making this possible with an NFC reader that they will be releasing soon.


“Coming soon to the Adafruit Learning System, a project to make paper Minecraft blocks that interact with the game on a Raspberry Pi using NFC (near field communication)! Swiping a block on the Adafruit PN532 NFC reader causes it to be created in a Minecraft world running on a Raspberry Pi.”


March 9, 2015

Video Game Repairs

at 5:31 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Game Hacks


Video game play used to be an activity that was played in an arcade with a pocket full of quarters. There is still a huge following for these classic games. Thanks to the repair work that guys like arcadeuk do they will be kept running for years to come. It is interesting to see that there are lots of mods that improve things like the need for battery backups etc. I am glad that there isn’t the same nostalgia keeping 286 computers running!


February 21, 2015

Sega Cartridges Resurrected using some old Computer Chips

at 7:42 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Game Hacks

Sega Cartridges Resurrected using some old Computer Chips


Dragao has a Sonic Cartridge that had some invalid instructions that would cause the game to crash at a certain point. The solution wasn’t to find a replacement game at the local flea market, he Resurrected the Sega Cartridges using some old Computer Chips. The game was originally loaded on 16 bit memory chips, not having any of these handy from the donor computer motherboards he piggy backed 2  8 bit memory chips to make it work. An Arduino was then used to blast the code onto the new chips.


Sega Cartridges Resurrected using some old Computer Chips_2


October 26, 2014

Classic NES played using a Kinect

at 7:53 am. Filed under Game Hacks



Tired of using a pesky remote control to play your video games? Paul DeCarlo used a Kinect sensor and some other bits and pieces to allow you to interface with some old video games!


  • An NES console with game to test
  • An NES controller OR some wiring skills and a CD4021BE 8-bit shift register
  • 12 strands of wire, recommend Kynar
  • 8 1k resistors (technically any value from 1k to 50k should suffice)
  • 2 3.6k resistors (again higher not necessarily bad)
  • IoT board capable of running Firmata, Intel Galileo or Arudio Uno etc.
  • Kinect V2 Sensor for Windows OR recently announced Kinect V2 Adapter and existing Xbox One Kinect Sensor
  • Machine capable of running the Kinect V2 SDK



September 26, 2013

Double Useless Machine

at 1:08 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Game Hacks

  Double Useless Machine_2


So we have all seen a useless machine before and what could be more fun that one of those? How about a Double Useless Machine, this is the machine for us who might be a bit too lazy to interact with the machine. With this design you simply need to take the switch off the center mode and watch the machine in action.



Double Useless Machine

September 4, 2013

Bitcoin-Operated Pool Table

at 10:43 pm. Filed under Game Hacks


Stuart Kerr sent in some details about their Bitcoin-Operated Pool Table. With Bitcoin getting more traction as time goes on I think we will start to see more systems like this game that will accept bitcoin as an option.

“Basically we’ve made a pool table where payment can be made by Bitcoin instead of (well actually as well as) cash! It works pretty well, with a Raspberry Pi controlling the whole thing, and a Bitcoin QR code + LCD screen on the side for payments to be made. We’ve got a video showing it in action, with the pool balls being released just moments after the payment is sent from a mobile phone.”



August 10, 2013

BeagleBone GamingCape

at 1:45 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Game Hacks

 BeagleBone GamingCape


Max Thrun shared his latest project with us called the BeagleBone GamingCape. Wow, what an undertaking. The video below takes you through a time lapse view of the design of the custom PCB and the custom enclosure. The enclosure was tested by doing a print on a 3D printer before it was cut on a laser machine. The case design is an interesting layered design that is constructed from 1/8″ and 1/32″ sheets of Delrin.


- 320×240 16Bit Color TFT LCD
– Analog joystick + 2 Thumb Buttons
– 3D Gyro, 3D Accelerometer, 3D Magnetometer
– Headphone Out + Mic In”



BeagleBone GamingCape

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