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Apple Extended Keyboard II Mod

Posted August 16, 2015 by Chris

"The biggest stumbling block to the project was the computer’s interface. The Apple Extended Keyboard II is from the days of ADB, or Apple Desktop Bus. The internet revealed two possible solutions: An expensive and sometimes-hard-to-find adapter by Griffin, or a $16 microcontroller and some DIY elbow grease. Naturally, I chose the latter."

Mac ROM-inator

Posted July 23, 2015 by Chris

"Add a bootable ROM disk to your vintage compact Macintosh! Replace the startup sound, change the Happy Mac icon, edit the ROM disk, or tweak the ROM code behavior. The Mac ROM-inator Kit replaces the stock 64K or 128K of ROM in a compact Macintosh with a full 1 MB of flash memory. Once installed, the flash ROM’s contents can be updated from within the running Macintosh, allowing for crazy customization experiments."

Apple Remote Shield for the Arduino

Posted January 24, 2012 by Chris

“Awhile back I was working on a project that that I wanted to be able to start music the on my mac through the IR receiver. After a while of looking around I found this library which allows you to use your arduino as an Apple Remote. I integrated it in to my project and it worked great! So the other day I decided to make an Apple Remote shield for my arduino.”

24th Anniversary Macintosh

Posted November 25, 2011 by Chris

“This is a Macintosh 512k which I upgraded to run OS X by replacing the innards with a modern Mac Mini and various supporting components, including a grayscale CRT monitor, an LS-120 floppy disk drive, and a microcontroller-based USB device that interfaces the Mini to the original keyboard and mouse. Why? Mainly because I wanted to experiment with creating a custom USB device.”

AVR Wanna-be iPhone

Posted February 13, 2011 by Chris

If you ever thought those little AVR microcontrollers were not so powerful, this project should prove you wrong. This project uses a 12 Mhz AVR to output complex grahics and basically an operating system to a touch screen LCD very similar to an iPhone. Hardware schematics & source code are all there for you.

Ipod Hand Crank Charger

Posted October 5, 2010 by Chris

Today’s project shows you how to make a hand crank that can recharge your Ipod. Obviously you’ll run out of energy after a few minutes, but you’ll be able to listen to music while you’re at it. The write-up is very detailed, take a look.

iPod Altoids Battery Pack

Posted August 19, 2008 by Chris

We’ve seen a few of these before but this mobile iPod battery pack is definitely the simplest. It just uses two 9v and two AA’s. This method could potentially (but unlikely) be harmful to your iPod since no control circuitry exists, but it’s doubtful anything bad would happen.

Bicycle Powered Ipod Charger

Posted July 25, 2008 by Chris

Here’s one more truly unique ipod battery charger. This project was created to harness the power of a person bicycling to charge an ipod. The project write-up has a detailed walk through of how it was created & how it works.

Ipod Battery Pack

Posted July 24, 2008 by Chris

This article points you in many different directions for mobile Ipod battery packs. Some of the battery packs are commercial, others are homemade and use standard AA batteries. Overall, if you’re an Ipod & DIY lover you won’t want to miss this article as a mobile battery pack can save you from hours of boredom.

DIY I-Pod Charger

Posted May 27, 2008 by Chris

This is a very simple write-up that details how to make your own USB charger for your I-Pod. It’s actually not very complicated but the procedure must be done delicately so that no wires are crossed. The write-up is in depth and has lots of pictures to guide you, so take a look.