Thursday, 24 September 2015

Dellcade Compact Arcade Machine Build Part One : Design and Conquer

This wasn't my first rodeo building an arcade machine to relive the 1980's, a time when 10 pennies gave me 3 lives on my favourite game Gyruss. My first bar top style was rather heavy, clumsy and hard to transport. I aimed to rectify with a lighter and more transportable version to be enjoyed with friends reliving their youth!

With the Raspberry Pi version 2 featuring more RAM and horsepower, a true MAME
experience was at hand... time to design a more compact, lightweight bartop with a twist.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Arcade Button Modifications, Monkey likes Shiny

Illuminated arcade buttons seem to be the popular choice for machine builds of late and for good reason! For my latest arcade machine build I wanted go with a more subdued look with a black and silver grey palette.

Whilst I could have gone with black buttons, I preferred the idea of the machine seemingly coming alive when turned on. Not happy with the supplied single colour LED I decided to investigate a few modification options, one being the use of the WS2812B or Neopixel, addressable through a small micro-controller.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Tinting Epoxy Resin with Toner Powder to Maintain Strength and Stop Discolouration

Building complex projects with composite materials often involves the use of specialist glues, either for strength or athletic reasons.


Other uses for tinting or colouring epoxy resins are for the potting of electrical components or cable strain relief , the latter I will describe as the example in this guide...

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Olympus RS-24 Foot Pedal Mod

For a while now, I have been toying with the idea of modifying a transcriber foot pedal into a programmable HID device. This could be useful for those complicated keyboard macros , Push to Talk  or even for a more natural feel in racing type games, although not with proportional control.
Your feet are generally wasted whilst sat at the computer, other than tapping to a beat. With a whole industry and trend built from standing desks and the health issues in the media regarding sitting for hours at a time, maybe it's time to get a free leg exercise.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Sneak Peek: Future Blog Builds

Things have been a little slow over the summer :)        

                 Tinting Epoxy Resin                    /                  Olympus Foot Pedal Hacking                                       

╬╝Volume v2  Update


Facom Micro-Tech Tool Holder Version 2

Noga Review

Friday, 8 May 2015

Google Nexus 5 Power Button Woes

The constant rebooting problem is not isolated to the Nexus 5 but also the Samsung Galaxy S3 & S4 and other models which use the same part.

Thursday, 7 May 2015 LP0225C Raspberry Pi B+ / 2 Model B Aluminium Case Review

Saulius Lukse, a keen photographer from Lithuania and Raspberry Pi enthusiast, decided to design and manufacture his own raspberry Pi case. No stranger to industrial design and having previously designed replacement enclosures for Logitech's C920 webcams, that allow the addition of replaceable CCTV lenses, the results are impressive...