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Ben Heck turns iPhone into PS Vita-styled gaming handheld

by Steven Williamson on 11 January 2012, 09:15

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To grab some of the CES limelight, serial modder Ben Heck has turned an iPhone into a hand-held gaming tool that bears a passing resemblance to Sony's new handheld, PS Vita.

CES starts today, and I couldn’t think of a more fitting project than one that combines my love for video games with a device that many consumers are extremely passionate about,” said Ben. “Sure, the iPhone is a great device for game play already, but I wanted to take it to the next level for the ultimate mobile gaming enthusiast.

The 36 year old’s latest creation is showcased in the latest episode of his online TV show, in which he produces a scaled-down version of the iCade system from the iPad, which is used for gaming on Apple's tablet. Ben explains that he connects a PodBreakout board to a simulated battery he uses the voltage from the iPad to turn on Bluetooth to power the iPhone for mobile gaming.

 “Ben shows viewers how a comprehensive suite of resources available on element14, coupled with a DIY spirit and technological know-how can create spectacularly innovative results – in this case an enhanced version of the popular iPhone,” says Kevin Yapp, chief marketing officer, Premier Farnell.

The finished mod is a gaming accessory that plugs into the iPhone’s docking port and headphone jack. After showing the device in action, Ben shows how to build the case and controller components to create the ultimate iPhone gaming device.

Ben has also asked members of the element14 community to send him a challenge for a future build. Those who do so will stand the chance of winning his latest mod.

For more details, check out the official site

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