You need quite a few fingers to count off all the reasons why this particular hack is awesome: it’s based on a digital camera with a hacked OS, plays classic 3D shooter Doom, and uses authentic keyboard buttons for control. The handiwork of JJ Dasher, The DoomBOX is based on a Kodak DC290 digital camera with a custom port of Doom for its hack-friendly Digita OS.
Video demo after the cut
Apparently Digita was quite a popular platform for hacking at one point, and there are various ports of different apps for it including a MAME emulator. Having settled on Doom, however, the camera’s button layout didn’t suit, so JJ crafted a custom enclosure with buttons salvaged from a vintage soft-feel PC keyboard and laid out in as close to the usual pattern as space allowed.
A bigger speaker, LED indicator for CF card activity and room for a future internal battery round out the hardware changes. It’s not pretty, no, but we still want one.