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Modders Heck and Sawyer team to create synced game controllers

Modders Heck and Sawyer team to create synced game controllers

Ben Heck is one of those guys that is always modding something to work in ways it was never meant to. The latest project from The Ben Heck Show had Heck teaming with with another Ben - Ben Sawyer. The duo worked on a cool new controller system for the Games for Health Project that will allow parent-child interaction within a game. The controllers take multiple players to a new level by allowing two controllers to share input at one time on games.

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Microsoft: Unofficially updated Windows Phones won’t get our software

Microsoft: Unofficially updated Windows Phones won’t get our software

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Phone 7 handsets unofficially upgraded to NoDo (aka update 7390) using the ChevronWP7 tool will not be able to upgrade to the new 7392 version being pushed out now, at least by official means. According to the Windows Team Blog, the unofficial modifications leave the Windows Phone handsets looking to the Zune PC software as incompletely upgraded: because of that you get error code 80180048 and can't go any further. Build 7392 isn't expected to bring any especially interesting changes, but the issue could lead to headaches down the road when Microsoft releases more significant updates like Mango to the platform.

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Ben Heck reworks his portable workbench

Ben Heck reworks his portable workbench

I'm not the sort that is organized enough to have a portable workbench or even a stationary workbench. I have a bunch of tools crammed in various drawers and bags so it takes about twice as long to do something just because I can’t find my stuff. Modder Ben Heck is the organized type and he has constructed a new portable workbench for the latest episode of his show.

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Ben Heck crafts speedy can beverage cooler from Peltier modules

Ben Heck crafts speedy can beverage cooler from Peltier modules

Ben Heck is a modder that landed his own show thanks to his modding prowess with all sorts of gadgets. Typically, we see gaming systems and related gear from Heck, but with the hot weather due to hit many areas before you know it Heck has a new gadget perfect for summer heat.

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Ben Heck creates a smaller portable Sega CDX system

Ben Heck creates a smaller portable Sega CDX system

Ben Heck has created another interesting and sufficiently geeky gadget on his show recently. The new creation is an old school portable gaming console made from an old Sega CDX system. I don’t even recall the Sega CDX system being on the market.

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Wind up flash light + micro USB charger x Ben Heck = kinetic Android charger

Wind up flash light + micro USB charger x Ben Heck = kinetic Android charger

Ben Heck has been modding things and making things for a long time. The geek landed his own show doing what he does best not long ago and has made all sorts of cool gear since then. On the latest episode of the show, Heck made a cool charger that lets you power your Android photo on the go by winding a crank.

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Lenovo PC modder challenge produces articulated touchscreen table, desktop arcade, more

Lenovo PC modder challenge produces articulated touchscreen table, desktop arcade, more

Lenovo has been courting PC modders in the run-up to CES 2011 this week, and some of the results of the "What's Your Idea of Fun?" campaign are pretty striking. Taking regular Lenovo computers as their starting point, the modders variously came up with a desktop arcade cabinet, a beautiful Birdseye maple and teak gaming PC, and the bizarre MD-5 robot-themed touchscreen computer shown here.

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Ben Heck cobbles up portable PS3 mod

Ben Heck cobbles up portable PS3 mod

Ben Heck is a modding guru that can turn big home gaming consoles into portable rigs that geeks can take with them on the road. The latest mod that Heck has come up with is an epic portable PS3 mod that is inside a military-grade portable case.

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Geeks hacks old school SNES controller to work with Dell Streak

Geeks hacks old school SNES controller to work with Dell Streak

I spent many a lazy summer day in my youth playing some games on the Super Nintendo and I remember the controllers well. I would bet lots of you out there did the same thing during the summer and have some fond gaming memories with pals.

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ArcadeDock Uses IdeaPad Y560 Notebook to Make Half-Sized Arcade Machine

ArcadeDock Uses IdeaPad Y560 Notebook to Make Half-Sized Arcade Machine

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.

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Nokia N8 gets continuous auto-focus with latest hack [Video]

Nokia N8 gets continuous auto-focus with latest hack [Video]

After yesterday's Nokia N8 photo compression hack and 30fps silky-smooth video mod, now arch-tinkerer hyperX has outed another tweak to the Symbian^3 smartphone's optics.  He's added an option to support continuous auto-focus during video recording, keeping footage crisp even as your subject moves around.

Video demo after the cut

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Insignia Infocast gets browser with creator’s blessing

Insignia Infocast gets browser with creator’s blessing

With chumby founder Andrew "bunny" Huang actually giving instructions on how to hack Best Buy's 8-inch Insignia Infocast "internet media display," it comes as little surprise that someone has taken him up on the invitation.  chumby forum member Ken has got a WebKit-based browser running, together with a USB keyboard and touchscreen support, basically turning the Infocast into a (mains powered) tablet.

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