Inventor and musician Nicolas Bras continues to expand his collection of unconventional musical instruments with a gizmo that looks like a guitar had a chunk taken out of it. Nic assembled a pair of bass guitar pickups and eight lengths of piano wire on a wooden block, resulting in a wonderfully weird and unique sound.
This wooden case provides an elegant foundation for your custom keyboard project. It comes in walnut or bamboo wood and has a built-in wrist rest. Inside, you’ll find M2 screw mounting points to hold universal 60% keyboard PCBs, along with a USB cutout. Drop can set you up with the PCB and keyboard components too.
The first portable computers weren’t exactly compact or lightweight. DIY Perks’ briefcase PC follows in these footsteps, but the payoff for the heft is a high-end gaming PC with a wrap-around 144Hz triple display, a 16-core AMD Ryzen 5950X CPU, an NVIDIA RTX 3080 GPU, 64GB of RAM, and a premium audio system with a subwoofer.
Looking for a unique gift for a car enthusiast? PXLCARS makes one-off pixel art illustrations of vehicles and can turn them into custom acrylic keychains. They just need some good photos of the car, truck, or SUV you’d like illustrated. Keychain packages include a copy of the digital illustration.
Most people who want a portable gaming PC buy a high-end laptop. Russian builder Yolenzo created a gaming rig on a bicycle. The Exo Giga Bike packs an AORUS Z590I Ultra mobo, an Intel Core i5-11600K CPU, an Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU, a 2TB SSD, and 32 GB of RAM. They’re gonna need a really long power cord and HDMI cable.
If there’s one kind of toy that we wish LEGO would make more of, it would be shape-shifters. Moko Brick Laboratory shows off an awesome custom LEGO series that looks like a Rubik’s cube, but transforms to form a mech. Among the designs are an Iron Man Hulkbuster, Aliens Power Loader, and Super Mecha Mario.
Modding Cafe has created the ultimate gaming system. The custom tower case combines a high-end gaming PC with a PlayStation 5 console. The PC packs a Core i9 11900K CPU and an ASUS ROG Strix 3080 GPU. Both systems are watercooled and the PS5’s Blu-ray drive allows game discs to be loaded from the side of the case.
Driving your sports car into a lake is a very bad idea – unless it’s actually a boat that looks like a car. A group of three friends in Egypt came up with the idea of these custom-made powerboats which look just like convertible sports cars. Sadly, they’re not amphibious, so they only work on water, but they still look awesome.
The curvy, oversized tower design of Sony’s PlayStation 5 has definitely been divisive among gamers. After building himself an amazing brass case for a PS5, DIY Perks decided to build something a little more subdued, re-wrapping the powerful gaming system inside of a handsome walnut wood and carbon fiber enclosure.
These unique accent lamps can be personalized with a map of a city of your choice. Faytown Designs makes each one by etching the design onto its glass shade. The tabletop lamps measure 19″ tall and come with a T45 Edison light bulb to accentuate the details. They also can do logos and other custom images.
The stark, monolithic design of the Xbox Series X is just crying out for customization. In this video from Miffed, he shows how to disassemble the console and repaint the case. He also installed RGB LED lighting behind the grid of vent holes, which we really thought should have been standard from the factory.
To celebrate the 2020 Masters, golf’s final championship this year, Royal Albartross is giving away a one-of-a-kind pair of Saxon White spikeless shoes. Hand-painted by Caitlin Fielder, they illustrate the Augusta Nat’l Golf Club. Contest ends 11:59 p.m. EST Nov. 15, hours after the crowning of a new golf champ.
Swing for the fences every time you take a sip from these unique baseball bat mugs from Young Bat Co. Each one is handmade from the barrel of a real bat and can be custom laser-engraved or painted with text or images. They come in tall (12oz) and junior (6oz) versions. They make a great groomsmen’s gift.
Guitar maker Artem Mayer of Copper Guitars created this crazy custom instrument using 36 packs of instant ramen noodles. After casting them in polyester resin – and adding some delicious seasoning packets – he shaped the body and added a maple wood neck, hardware, and strings.
Moscow, Russia motorcycle customizers Ziller’s Garage transformed the new BMW R 18 cruiser into an incredible work of rolling art. Designed by Mikhail Smolyanov and John Reed, the ultra-modern bike features a beautifully sculpted aluminum shell, custom spoked wheels, and light-up BMW badges. That ground clearance tho.
You might recognize Boone Langston from his time on LEGO Masters. He’s also a contributor to the Beyond the Brick team, and is here to show off some of the very cool retro sci-fi ray guns he’s made using LEGO. The background is a space-themed baseplate from Slab Dream Lab.
Previously, inventor Colin Furze teamed up with eBay UK to sponsor a gigantic AT-ACT playhouse and a full-size TIE Silencer ship. For his third Star Wars build, he’s created an awesome replica of Luke Skywalker’s X-34 landspeeder from A New Hope. While it doesn’t hover, it does drive, and is powered by jets. Build video here.
Spoonman makes some amazing custom toys, often from kitbashing together pieces from various off-the-shelf toys. One of our favorites has to be this mashup of Transformers’ Optimus Prime and an AT-AT from The Empire Strikes Back. If ever we wanted to throw money at our computer screen, it would be now.
The Q built one of the most insane custom bicycles we’ve ever seen. He replaced the standard wheels of his wide-tire bike with special rims that wear six shoes each instead of tires. It doesn’t look like the smoothest ride ever, but the shoe rubber does provide decent traction.
Unbox Therapy got his mitts on this incredible custom built tribute to Origin’s 2009 Big O gaming rig. It not only packs in a high-end Core i9-9900K gaming PC, but an Xbox One X, a PlayStation 4 Pro, and a Nintendo Switch, all in the same massive tower case. The design of its internals are incredibly badass.
Headphone maker V-Moda adds to its line of customized shields, which already included laser-engraved and 3D printed designs for their Crossfade line of headphones. Now you can get them printed in color, using either a pre-made design, a monogram, or your own uploaded graphics.
You can build amazing things with LEGO, but their baseplates are pretty ordinary. Beyond the Brick got their hands on some of the sweet baseplates from Slab Dream Lab, which come in a variety of designs, or can be custom printed with your own. They’re also more rigid and versatile than official LEGO baseplates.
Based on a design by NERF fanatic Captain Slug, this epic custom blaster comes as a build-it-yourself kit from Hong Kong Etsy shop AKBlasterMOD. You can find more of Slug’s foam-firing weapons on his own Etsy shop, including a more basic version of the ESPER, fully assembled for just $70.