While ThinkGeek’s iCade Arcade Docking Station may have been a clever April Fool’s joke, the concept behind the machine was a good one. And it’s good to see that the Do-It-Yourself crowd out there is doing their best to make that magic happen again. The difference this time around, though, is that this particular modder was called out by Lenovo to come up with “an idea for fun.” That idea happened to be a half-sized arcade machine.
Lenovo is in the process of getting a new website up and running, with the main idea being “What’s Your Idea of Fun?” Lenovo reached out to modders all over the place, and asked them to create something that people would consider fun. This particular modder, Envador, designed the ArcadeDock in a matter of 10 days, and was nice enough to collect all of his design stages on video. Envador utilized an IdeaPad Y560 notebook, and managed to cram it into a case that features a real working joystick, and large buttons. Connect the notebook via USB, and you’ll be able to start playing your favorite games, as long as you have the right ROM.
You can vote for Envador’s ArcadeDock here. And, if you’re interested in seeing how the whole thing went down, then go ahead and jump through the via link below, and watch the 10-part video saga as he builds the ArcadeDock from the ground up.