Meccano home furniture

Finally some build-it-yourself furniture that you can relate to. You legitimately won’t be needing the instructions either – just grab yourself a spanner! From France’s Meccano Home, there’s a range of familiar-looking modular furniture. Sold in kits and ready to assemble, I see no reason why you can’t mix and match to give a whole load more possibilities.

 

Meccano home offers a reduced number of parts for constructing a variety of furniture; chairs, stools, coffee tables, high tables, console tables, TV cabinets storage…

Meccano furniture bolts

Meccano home is designed and manufactured in France.

Meccano furniture lamp

 

Meccanohome.com

via :: werd

 

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Fun, active seating. The Ballo stool

These caught my eye as a fun-looking, colourful stool. Based around the idea of an exercise ball, they require a little core stability.

“Ballo is a multipurpose stool for short-term, active sitting. Ideal for a variety of uses, settings and spaces, the Ballo stool is suited to home and office environments and everywhere in between. Perfect for pulling up a quick seat, surrounding a conference table or for use in a reception area, Ballo inspires activity. Available in seven colors, Ballo’s playful aesthetic complements any space while promoting healthy movement.”

Their marketing pictures are provocative of a fun, active and healthy working environment. Great to have a few of these kicking around the office being colourful as well as functional.

Ballo functional seating

Nearly as colourful and playful as our Rubik’s Cube stool!

Ballo stool from Humanscale

via :: Design Milk

 

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Solving the Over-The-Top 17×17 puzzle cube

Today during my daily crawl through blogs using Pulse, I stumbled across this video of a guy solving the Over-The-Top puzzle from creator Oskar Van Deventer. If you’ve not seen it before, it’s basically a huge version of the Rubik’s Cube designed to mess with your mind even more. I struggle with the 2×2 but this guy, Kenneth Brandon reckons if you’ve got the 4×4 cube licked, then you can do this mammoth 17×17 beast.

“The 17 x 17 isn’t that hard, but it is very, very tedious.”

It took Kenneth 7.5 hours in total to solve over the space of 5 days. I imagine if you went at it in one hit, your eyes would start to hate you after not long. Anyway, below is the time-lapse with some interesting explanations at the start. But you can also see the full 7.5 hours on his YouTube channel if you’re interested…

via :: The Verge

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Revival 2014 run-down

It’s been a week since we got back from Revival and what a great show it was too! Craig, Chris and the Revival team did an amazing job again. Plenty of consoles, computers, arcade cabinets, light gun machines, driving games, pinball machines, traders, talks, costumes, chip-tunes, special guests, competitions…

surface tension was there with our stand again this year in the chill-out zone. With us we had our Dual, Arcane and forthcoming upright, Retrograde. Plenty of couches to crash out on too. We had our Rubik’s Cube seat on one side of the Dual, but also built some quirky seating for the other side. A 555 timer seat modeled on the 8-pin through-hole IC, which got plenty of attention! If you’re interested, you can see how it was made here.

surface tension stand

We had a good buzz around the stand all weekend with all ages.

555 seat

The 555 seat with the Dual arcade table.

Super Hexagon Arcade Machine

Super Hexagon arcade machine

Super Hexagon worked a treat on the upright. Though the surface tension team were battling it out between us for the highest score, only to be beaten by a 12 year old (not pictured). Meh.

Super Hexagon Arcade Machine

Our feeble attempts before being out-done 🙁

Goldeneye 4 player

If you didn’t get hooked on this 20 years ago, what were you hooked on?!

retro computers and consoles.

Loads of consoles and home computers to bring back the memories.

retro systems for sale

Plenty of systems to buy as well as play.

Pinball machines

pinball machines

A plethora of pinball machines, but never a spare one!

Traverse USA arcade cabinet

Crazy Balloon arcade cabinet

Driving arcade machines

Standup arcade machines in a row

Stand up arcade machines

There weren’t quite as many stand-ups as last year, but more than enough to keep you occupied. Plus with all of the pins, you weren’t left twiddling your thumbs.

John Romero playing multiplayer Doom

John Romero was there for a Q&A session, and to kick your ass at Doom.

Revival Survival Cabinet

Craig’s Revival Survival cabinet made its debut…

surface tension in Revival Survival

…which surface tension feature in as we helped Kickstart the project!

SIDMAN at Revival

Chip-tunes supplied by SIDMAN.

That’s about it. We look forward to next year but aren’t quite ready to go at it again just yet! It was a long and tiring weekend, plus a busy run up to it.

Asteroids volcano switch

Defender Control Panel

1, 2, 5 DM coin slot

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One Player Select button

Williams coin mech

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555 timer seat

What made me do this? It’s an idea I had a couple of years ago and had to have a go at it! I had the legs made 18 months ago, so I definitely couldn’t let them go to waste!

We wanted to make some interesting seating for our stand at Revival this year, to go with our Dual arcade table. Which would also have one of our Rubik’s Cubes on the other side.

555 timer storage seat

The arachnid IC was made from 18mm MDF, some timber sections to mount the legs to and the legs themselves being 12mm aluminium. I’ve documented my build below in case anyone else wants to have a go.

The assembly was achieved with a mix of biscuits and the use of the Kreg pocket hole jig.

construction of giant 555 timer with kreg pocket hole jig

One part complete after some filling and plenty of sanding. The pocket holes were also filled on the inside.

construction of top of giant 555 timer

Timber sections on the inside were fixed again using the pocket hole jig and plenty of glue. These sections were used to mount the legs to on the base.

internal construction of metal legs for giant 555 timer

After fixing the legs, this was the first time I could see if it really worked as a shape. Slots were cut into the base section for the legs to come through.

giant 555 timer seat unpainted

The notch was added before I could start to finish it. The 555 was first prepared with 2 coats of sanding sealer, then 2 coats of primer. The final paint was then applied. The photo doesn’t really do it justice, but it was a dark metallic grey which gave it that graphite look of an IC.

giant 555 timer painted

Some text was then applied: ST UK, NE555N, AU0314 for manufacturer/country, model and date code.

giant 555 timer with text

What’s the point of having all that space inside if you can’t use it!

giant 555 timer opened with blue insides

A comparison with the real deal. A through-hole 8-pin DIL NE555.

close up of 555 timer IC on scaled up model

Here it is in place next to our arcade table at Revival 2014.

giant 555 timer seat next to arcade table

The over-sized 555 looked great at Revival this year. It really hit the right age bracket with all of the retro-gaming enthusiasts, many of which asked where they could buy one!

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Ultra portable MAME machine

The R-Kaid-R is a product of Love Hulten. You may have seen his R-Kaid-Revelation at the beginning of the year.

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He describes it as “A handmade hybrid made from solid wood, combining yesterday’s game physics with the digital spectrum of today”

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The first thing I asked myself was “what happens to the joystick when you shut the lid?” Then I saw the rather clever way it unscrews, and is then used as the locking mechanism and carry handle. Genius!

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You can see the technical specs if you click onto the shop, which it states will be open in September. It has an 8″ LCD, 8-way stick plus 10 buttons, USB and SD card access for loading ROMs, and a battery life of around 8 hours. It’s also set up for a whole host of emulators.

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The R-Kaid-R has some really nice detail, see more here.

 

 

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retrograde arcade cabinet from surface tension

You will probably have seen our prototype upright machine already if you follow our facebook page, so I’m finally writing a blog post for it. Retrograde was produced earlier in the year and first exposed at the Revival retro gaming event where it it was extremely well received and got a good play-test! It’s surface tension‘s own spin on the classic upright arcade system.

We wanted to make something that stood out a little for the first one, so opted for ebony macassar veneer, which has a wonderful contrasting finish. The centre black sections are finished in gloss black following on the trend from our arcade tables. On to the pictures and specs…

upright arcade cabinet view from right

Ebony macassar veneer sides, black hi-gloss panels and 24″ LCD.

upright arcade cabinet control panel
Ultimarc Ultrastik 360 joysticks, Happ pushbuttons and 2 1/4″ trackball.

arcade cabinet control panel function buttons

Powder coated aluminium control panel with screen print.

arcade cabinet inset tweeter

Component tweeters aimed at head height.

arcade cabinet speaker cover

Discreet woofers close to the player.

arcade control panel screen print

Smoked, toughened glass.

upright arcade machine pc storage

Enclosure for housing the Shuttle PC and peripherals, using Soss invisible hinges.

surface tension arcade marquee

Illuminated marquee with our surface tension branding, but will ultimately be customisable.

Like our arcade tables, we also fitted this out with a Shuttle PC, running Windows 7. All arcade games launched using the GameEx interface. We also had the Steam platform running at the show as there’s some excellent cab-friendly games available.

We’re looking to launch this product in a range of finishes early Q1 2014.

Get in contact if you would like to find out more on this or any of our other products.

 

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Space Invaders Acrylic Chess Set

There’s a lot of great stuff appearing with the Kickstarter revolution. This Space Invaders chess set effortlessly caught our eye. The pieces are made from laser-cut fluorescent acrylic which snap into black bases so they can move around on the laser-cut, etched chess board.

Space Invaders Chess

As mentioned, this is a Kickstarter project, though the goal has already been reached, there are some full sets remaining at $65 but no early bird sets.

Space Invaders Chess

You can find the project here on Kickstarter.

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Mario Aluminium Can Art

When it comes to recycling aluminum cans, most people don’t go beyond hauling them to recycling facilities, however there are a rare few that take old cans and turn them into art.  I am the proud owner of a tuk-tuk made from Singha beer cans, but Japanese artist Makaon has produced something even more awesome than my Thai taxi.

I can’t find much information about the artist or how many cans he used to make Super Mario and Luigi but if this is where skill, vision and the results of an unending thirst collide, then it’s a beautiful place that I wish we could all visit.

Makaon’s website, Empty Can Craft, shows just what can be done with a lot of empty cans, some imagination and a lot of patience.

via: Global Geek News

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