Ben Heckendorn is something of a legend in video gaming circles. He’s made his name by fabricating some of the best-looking portables out of full-sized systems on the Internet, and every one of his creations is breathlessly written up on gaming fora and enthusiast sites. I’m not going to say he’s overrated—even with the crazy amounts of coverage his creations get. It’s not just good design, it’s how flawless and professional each new handheld and project looks. They never look like the work of one man, but something a manufacturer with a good amount of time and money designed and then released.
His last project was a laptop made out of a Wii. The Wii isn’t the first system I would think about making a portable from, but like all his creations this one looks great.
Mr. Heckendorn got together with Engadget to do a series of features about the design and fabrication of the Wii laptop, split into three parts . Give them a read; they will humble you in terms of whatever skills you thought you had in design. I’m not sure how much I would ever want a Wii laptop, but this has everything you need to know if you’d like to gain some insight into how Ben puts his monsters together.
Most of this stuff is so far over my head I can only sit back and be amazed. How long until one of these becomes a mass-produced product? I’m sure the patents and legal issues would be hard to iron out, but who wouldn’t want their very own portable Jaguar?
Nintendo, Wii, tutorial, Laptop, Ben Heckendorn