Fight back against price gougers with this DIY Nintendo Switch

It’s not every day you see instructions to build Nintendo’s flagship console but these are weird times and this clever Howto shows us all the parts needed to build your own working Nintendo Switch.


The ClockworkPi GameShell is full of DIY fun

Devices like the GameShell are my absolute favorite. Made for DIY fans and Raspberry Pi users, they are basically mini computers inside a wonderfully easy-to-build shell. I’ve 3D printed something similar in the past but now the whole thing is available for $139 preassembled, a boon to those who don’t want to go through rolls of plastic and fiddle with messy prints.

This little device comes with a DIY case and buttons as well as all the hardware you need to build your own retro gaming rig. Features include:

  • New clockworkPi V3.1 (Quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, WI-FI & Bluetooth on-board,1GB DDR3 memory, Micro HDMI output)
  • ATmeage168p programmable Keypad
  • 2.7 inch TFT [email protected] screen
  • Dual speaker
  • 1200mAh rechargeable lithium battery
  • Lightkey module (for shoulder buttons)
  • 1 front shell + 2 back shells
  • 16GB MicroSD card
  • clockworkpi OS, Linux Kernel 4.1x supported
  • 14PIN GPIOs development cable
  • Assembly instructions & sticker

It comes with a few indie games built in and can run emulators including NES and SNES ROMs.

Darrell at TechCrunch filmed himself building the thing if you’d like to see how complex – or non-complex – the whole process is. After all, if he could build it… “All told, I had mine put together in less than an hour, and even though I did get in there with my teeth at one point (to remove a bit of plastic nubbin when assembling the optional Lightkey component, which adds extra function keys to the console), I never once felt overwhelmed or defeated,” he wrote which means that anyone with a little time and a little desire can follow in his DIY footsteps.


Recharging an iPhone with iFixit

No doubt, we all (especially if you’re reading this site) love our tech. That may be in what we work with in our day jobs, in the gadgets we fiddle with after work, and especially in the phones we carry with us all day. Batteries are the Achilles Heel of many, especially now that we’re far removed from the days of easily-removed-and-swapped batteries. THat’s where the fine folks at iFixit come into the picture – they’ll show you how to fix just about anything on your phone, and have kits to help you do it. A little while back, I used their kit to replace the battery in my iPhone 6S, and want to tell you about that experience.

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