Electrical Engineering Student, Retro Gamer, Musician, and Dreamer. My mission, to have a good time and make the world more fun!
I started building this project almost a year and a half ago... finally got around to finishing it.
When your sitting at your workbench with a stack of obsolete AMD CPUs and a laptop that happens to have a huge american flag sticker on the back.... The most expensive set of blocks I have ever made :) Patriotic :>
I am not going to picture all of them here, but I love checking out the technology of the past! Pictured is a heathkit/zenith Z-120 after a full restoration to working condition.
This is an overdrive pedal that seriously abuses a logic IC to get that transparent yet over driven sound that everyone loves :)
Amps are expensive... and when you are hunting for "YOUR" sound... what better way than to build it from the ground up. Behold, my guitar amp project. I learned a lot about valves, if you want to try I recommend checking out http://ax84.com/
Back when I was building lasers I needed a small laser to align the larger ones. So I built one, this is the visible beam from my 605nm laser. It really is pretty. :)
Sometimes you have to do what ya gotta do. I wanted to play some of the great TG16 games, these mods bypass the defective RF circuit and without modifying the TG16 itself let you get full video and stereo out... without all the snow.
Like the NES, the master system will always have a place in my heart. That still doesn't stop me from trying to improve on an already great design!
I have done a LOT of retro console restorations and mods over the years. Everything from composite mods (pictured) to stereo and overclocking. These are a lot of fun to do and you learn a lot about how the old circuits functioned.
The US controllers for the Atari 7800 are very difficult to use. I converted some old Sega Master System controllers to do the job and have every button functional. If you just use stock sega controllers, they do not function properly.
This console is notorious for having the worst controllers ever designed. I love the games, so I build myself some new controllers to enjoy them. These have been featured on various gaming websites.
Just what it says, I wanted a nice stand for my boss BR900CD recording system, so I converted a music stand by "hacking" it. Literally.
This was another "its snowing outside" project. It features a 1.5 watt 405nm laser. As with all my laser projects, I do wear the proper eye protection.
I pulled a 1982 joust cabinet out of the trash. It had been stripped and the monitor was dead. I repaired the CRT and build a new panel for it. It can run MAME or jamma compatible boards.
Not high tech, but sometimes you just have to relax. Done in an evening this was a great project during a local snow storm. It has a very warm, mellow tone and is made from copper and silver.
With the success of the first one, I had to do the only logical thing... build it bigger! This is a picture of the plasma chamber I blew after learning the fun art of glass blowing! :D
I got bored one winter and decided ... lets build a laser! Only 2 rules: It had to be cheap, less than 100 dollars and I could only source parts from the local hardware stores. I ended up in several magazines for this one :)
This is a project that I did over 10 years ago now, has it been that long? I managed to squeeze a complete computer into an old nonfunctional C=64 and using a picmicro, interface the existing keyboard. It was a great first MCU project.