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The Wii Laptop

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the because-you-can dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "This Wii laptop was 3 months in the making and cost around £300. Check out the Ben Heck forums for more information." The insides look a little bit wobbly to me, but you sure gotta respect the hack.

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I'd love to see... (0)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 4 years ago | (#31145230)

... someone do Wii boxing with a laptop.

I suspect he made this primarily because he is Ben Heck, and this is the kind of thing he does. Nonetheless I can't help but ask "what is the point".

Re:I'd love to see... (2, Informative)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#31145420)

The thing is, with Ben Heck all he has to do is attract the attention of one or two people with some cash about it and he has made a pretty good profit on it. They aren't mass produced items that have to appeal to most of the population but rather rare, specialty items that if he finds even one buyer he has made money.

Re:I'd love to see... (1)

Tukz (664339) | more than 4 years ago | (#31153536)

Well, it would still be kinda cool to have alongside a bunch of the old Nintendo classics they offer.
No need for motion sensor there, just a classic gamepad and you got yourself a ... wait.. huge GBA, heh.

Re:I'd love to see... (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#31162108)

Or you know.... you could get a laptop and emulators ;) and you can get a lot more games and systems.

Re:I'd love to see... (1)

Thyamine (531612) | more than 4 years ago | (#31145640)

I often think that as well with the hacks. All that time and effort to put it in a different case/shell/etc. I certainly can appreciate it to some extent, but mostly I just think 'Really?'

Re:I'd love to see... (4, Informative)

Wannabe Code Monkey (638617) | more than 4 years ago | (#31145682)

I suspect he made this primarily because he is Ben Heck, and this is the kind of thing he does. Nonetheless I can't help but ask "what is the point".

It was posted to the benheck.com forums, but I don't think it was actually Ben Heck. My first clue was that this Wii based laptop is bulkier than Ben's XBox 360 Laptop [youtube.com] , my second clue was that Ben Heck doesn't sound like a 15 year old British kid, and my third clue was that I didn't think Ben Heck would use the handle OMGpedobear on his own forums.

Re:I'd love to see... (3, Informative)

TheThiefMaster (992038) | more than 4 years ago | (#31146312)

This link [engadget.com] goes to Ben Heck's version (credit to this post [slashdot.org] from further down the page). It's considerably smaller and better-built.

eh?!? (1)

DABANSHEE (154661) | more than 4 years ago | (#31152640)

Going by the picts the Wii lapy appears to be quite thinner than the 360 lapy

Re:I'd love to see... (4, Informative)

BattleApple (956701) | more than 4 years ago | (#31146776)

Another clue is that 5 seconds into the video he says "It's built out of expanded PVC, like Ben's"

Re:I'd love to see... (2, Funny)

phantomflanflinger (832614) | more than 4 years ago | (#31146442)

"What ith the point?"! Ath he clearly demonthrateth, thith Wii Laptop Mod ith tho thuper thecthy! Focthy chickth jutht love thith!

Re:I'd love to see... (1)

Gruuk (18480) | more than 4 years ago | (#31147244)

The point is like in any other hobby: because to the person indulging in said hobby, it's fun.

It doesn't have to be fun to anyone else; I don't find anything entertaining about knitting, yet millions knit because they like to. Good for them.

Re:I'd love to see... (1)

ciderVisor (1318765) | more than 4 years ago | (#31153926)

Thanks for the idea, Bro' !

Slinks off to program up Wii Knitting and make a fortune !.

Slashdotted already (0)

kirill.s (1604911) | more than 4 years ago | (#31145232)

Since when do we RTFA before posting comments?

Re:Slashdotted already (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31145544)

Thank goodness for Coral CDN [nyud.net] . As it turns out, it's a YouTube video [youtube.com] so viewing the actual forum post isn't really worth it.

He better look out about that pinball game he is b (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31145278)

He better look out about that pinball game he is building as taking it to public show may get him some legal trouble.

'Go outside and play' get's a whole new meaning. (2, Funny)

wheelema (46997) | more than 4 years ago | (#31145318)

If this went into production it might go a long way towards curing vitamin D deficiencies in isolated socially inept recluses.

Re:'Go outside and play' get's a whole new meaning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31145496)

No, you cant see the screen in sunlight. You would have to wait until night, and then you might as well go inside for all the vitamin D you are getting.

Re:'Go outside and play' get's a whole new meaning (1)

xOneca (1271886) | more than 4 years ago | (#31149348)

Don't you know Gameboy?

The Wii Server (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31145346)

On related news, the server hosting forums.benheck.com is also a Wii.

Re:The Wii Server (1)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 4 years ago | (#31146418)

Considering that you can run Linux on a Wii, and the Wii has built-in wireless, it's quite possible.

News? (2, Insightful)

qoncept (599709) | more than 4 years ago | (#31145382)

Ben Heck has made about 8 different laptops out of every console ever made. Why is this one being posted?

Not News. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31145488)

It's Ben Heck.
Why wouldn't they?

Re:Not News. (3, Informative)

danhuby (759002) | more than 4 years ago | (#31145810)

Except it's not Ben Heck, it's 'OMGpedobear'.

Re:Not News. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31148434)

Wouldn't know. Corporate firewall tells me I can't RTFA.

Also, lol, wut.

Re:News? (2, Insightful)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#31145564)

So we can make comments about it.

Re:News? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31148690)

Ben Heck has made about 8 different laptops out of every console ever made. Why is this one being posted?

And why is any of that interesting? I mean, sure, I get the whole "making B out of A just because you can" thing, but seriously? Making a working grandfather clock out of Lego [ericharshbarger.org] — that's cool. But making a computer out of, well, basically another computer— doesn't sound even remotely interesting.

Re:News? (1)

Patch86 (1465427) | more than 4 years ago | (#31161084)

I'm not finding myself all that impressed, strangely. It's cool and all, and fiddly work too, but I'm not sure how ground breaking it is.

I mean correct me if I'm wrong, but all he's done is remove the console's case, stick all the internals down into a new thinner case, and attach to said case a hinged screen and keyboard. I mean I doubt I could do it, but I can't imagine you'd have to look too hard for someone who can (it certainly shouldn't be beyond the abilities of a lot of the Slashdot crowd).

Re:News? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31161478)

theres a lot lot lot more to it than that, making it thinner is no mean feat.

Re:News? (1)

DreadPirateAwesome (1745378) | more than 4 years ago | (#31179358)

it would certainly be nice to see the reason why this one's so special

Houraaaay!!!! (2, Funny)

ZeroExistenZ (721849) | more than 4 years ago | (#31145468)

[Zoidberg voice] Houray! We are discussing youtube videos on slashdot! Now it might be time to show off my LARGER model of a slight smaller original model the thing I made and posted on youtube to show off!!! Finally recognition of my geniality!! It will be MINEEE!!!
[Fry] But can I play wii while I'm walking around?
[Zoidberg] No... You don't have your arms free while you are carrying it

Re:Houraaaay!!!! (4, Insightful)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 4 years ago | (#31146246)

He's made it like this so you can take it along to other peoples' places and play it there.

Now if only he had a TV output, that would be more useful. Then he could just leave the screen off too. A detachable bar would be handy to put on top of the TV and perhaps he could also have a detachable keyboard. Then it could be a bit smaller too, kind of the size of 2 or 3 DVD boxes sounds about right. Basically if he transformed his Wii laptop into a Wii, it'd be much more usable.

Re:Houraaaay!!!! (1)

Mister Whirly (964219) | more than 4 years ago | (#31146474)

Funny, I was thinking exactly the same thing. The Wii as a console is pretty damn portable already.

Re:Houraaaay!!!! (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 4 years ago | (#31146724)

no wifi, less storage than a Nomad, lam... oops, what?

what's up with the laptop form-factor for a system with games designed to have you jump around the room waving your magic rod like an idiot?!!
Come on, at least toss in one of those newfangled LED projectors like the kids have in their cellamaphones these days!

Re:Houraaaay!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31147668)

That's not a bad idea actually, you could make a dock for the Wii to plug into with the dock providing battery power and the projector, and make/buy a battery powered sensor bar to stick to wherever you are projecting on to. This way you don't even need to rip apart to Wii to do it.

Although you don't really need to jump around to play the games, you can play perfectly well with small amounts of motion, particularly on games like the New Super Mario Brothers where you only use the motion for a spin jump, to pick things up and control tilting platforms, all of which you can do sitting down.

Dirty (2, Informative)

Ziekheid (1427027) | more than 4 years ago | (#31145538)

Next time you post a video on the internet make sure you vacuum the floor.
Also try relaxing before filming it so you don't sound like you've just ran marathon.

Re:Dirty (1)

Grizzley9 (1407005) | more than 4 years ago | (#31145670)

And hold the camera still or get a tripod. I couldn't watch past 20 seconds. Too annoying.

Re:Dirty (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 4 years ago | (#31146270)

You don't even need to get a tripod if you're cheap, just put it on a stack of books at a slight angle (perhaps on top of the old Wii casing).
I stopped watching the video halfway because I was getting seasick.

Re:Dirty (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31145744)

While we're picking on him, does he have to do the nerd lischthp?

Re:Dirty (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#31147936)

On that subject, why do speech impediments like lisping and rhotacism [wikipedia.org] have names that are pretty much impossible for a sufferer to pronounce without triggering the impediment?

"Yeah, my thpeech thewapitht thays I have a lithp and a wotacism."

Re:Dirty (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31153836)

Firstly, because they're descriptive terms. I'd guess that "lisp" is an onomonipeic word, while "rhotacism" (according to the wikipedia article you linked) is from the greek letter rho, our R equivilant. Seconedly, because the people who HAVE lisps and rhotacisms don't ussually need to go around telling people they have them. I had a rhotacism until I was 15, and everyone who ever heard me talk knew it. Thirdly, because the terms are medical lingo, at least in the case of rhotacism, made by and for people in the medical industry to refer to a problem of someone else. Do you think one thirteen year old telling another one he has a rhotacism is going to pass any infomation on? I didn't even know the word existed until you used it just now, and I have a relativly large vocabulary, not to mention personal interest. Fourly, we all got that "Isn't it funny that...?!?!" email forever ago. Hey, you also drive on a parkway and park on a driveway! LOL!

Re:Dirty (3, Informative)

eln (21727) | more than 4 years ago | (#31146068)

He was obviously very excited to tell everyone about his creation. A more level-headed person probably would have at least put batteries in the Wiimote before shooting the video, or even done another take without so much shaking. Honestly, a more level-headed person probably would have made a second version of the device without the nonfunctioning battery stuck in it and the upside down CD drive before unveiling it to the world, but we take what we can get.

It's a cool hack from someone who obviously was way too excited and probably should have taken a few deep breaths before setting the camera rolling. Despite all that, though, it's pretty neat. I'm kind of curious where the motion sensor is though, which is why I'm a little disappointed that there was no interaction with the wiimote shown. If the motion sensor is still external to the device, it becomes quite a bit less useful.

Re:Dirty (1)

adamofgreyskull (640712) | more than 4 years ago | (#31148886)

I think the two infrared LEDs were under the screen. Which I guess is what you mean by "motion sensor". The bar that sits on top of the TV is just two infrared leds, powered from the Wii. All motion detection is done in the wiimote. The wiimote detects the IR leds and based on where the two dots appear, and their orientation, and how it was calibrated initially, it calculates what on the screen you're pointing at, and communicates this to the Wii via bluetooth.

eh?!? (1)

DABANSHEE (154661) | more than 4 years ago | (#31152720)

Someone told me the Wii remote has 2 or 3 of those electronic surface mount 'nano' gyros similar to what those Sedgeway thingos have.

Maybe he was hanging out? (1)

DABANSHEE (154661) | more than 4 years ago | (#31152702)

& needed to wack up some opioids, drop some benzos or had the DTs 'n needed the hair of the dog or something. Or ran out of ciggies & didn't find any bumpers on the footpath ot front. Who knows, I assume he's just human like the rest of us ('Speak for your self' my red n' tan Kelpy just nodded)

Re:Dirty (1)

hemlock00 (1499033) | more than 4 years ago | (#31146306)

Also buy some batteries. Why even shoot a video with out having some AA's for your wiimote?!?

Re:Dirty (1)

ZERO1ZERO (948669) | more than 4 years ago | (#31146686)

OMGItsPedobear. Just the kind of name for a Wii laptop developer.

hmmmm??? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31145706)

my question is If he can make a WORKING laptop out of anything ... why doesnt he work for dell???? they can use the help >_>

Summary Should Include... (3, Insightful)

BiggoronSword (1135013) | more than 4 years ago | (#31145796)

Summary should include link to this article [engadget.com] made back in 2007.

Re:Summary Should Include... (1)

TheThiefMaster (992038) | more than 4 years ago | (#31146260)

Yeah, that one (Ben Heck's) is much better than this new one.

Re:Summary Should Include... (1)

ZosX (517789) | more than 4 years ago | (#31146614)

waaaaaay nicer. ben heck is THE master at modding consoles into a portable format.

Impressive? (3, Interesting)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 4 years ago | (#31145808)

The wii is a very small system. What I find impressive is when he takes much larger systems that run pretty hot and find ways to rebuild them into much smaller form factors.

Really? (0, Flamebait)

iroll (717924) | more than 4 years ago | (#31145916)

The insides look a little bit wobbly to me, but you sure gotta respect the hack.

Believe it or not, you don't.

Very cool (1)

beatle11 (1086123) | more than 4 years ago | (#31146250)

Nicely done...could definitely be improved but that's a great start and a great hack.

Nice Job (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#31146706)

He managed to make the Wii larger, uglier, less portable, and less functional (no GC controller ports, etc.).

Because the Wii is otherwise such an unwieldy box (1)

gelfling (6534) | more than 4 years ago | (#31147016)

What with being about 5x8" and maybe 3 lbs plus another 3 lb power supply.

Re: Because the Wii is otherwise such an unwieldy (2, Funny)

sorak (246725) | more than 4 years ago | (#31147706)

What with being about 5x8" and maybe 3 lbs plus another 3 lb power supply.

Maybe if he squeezed a balance board in there, somewhere, it would be an achievement.

All I want to know is... (1)

mix77 (1114879) | more than 4 years ago | (#31154662)

Why?
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