Ben Heck Goes ‘Old School’ With a Portable Sega CDX Gaming System Mod in the Latest Episode of element14′s ‘The Ben Heck Show’
CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — element14, a collaborative social community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, and modding guru Benjamin J. Heckendorn, a.k.a. Ben Heck, go “old school” by digging up a portable Sega CDX gaming system to turn it into an even smaller, more portable gaming system in the latest episode of “The Ben Heck Show” airing today.
“It was a blast to take something as awesome as the Sega CDX and make it even easier to use with a smaller footprint so I can bring it along with me just about anywhere,” said Ben Heck. “Not only that, but I reminisced about Full Motion Video (FMV) games from the early ’90′s and a few diamonds in the rough like ‘Snatcher’ and ‘Lunar: The Silver Star.’”
Ben walks viewers through the entire design process – from drawing and scanning parts into the computer for the project layout, to routing the components and new custom controller interface, to wiring the power. The intricate process of connecting the newly routed six-button controller with the simpler three-button original Genesis controller proved to be an extremely complicated, yet successful process that offers viewers some helpful insight when tackling multipart circuitry projects. After a critical and very Heck-like “squish test” to ensure the new parts fit together, Ben reveals a completely revamped, smaller Sega CDX boasting an integrated 4-inch LCD and custom controller.
“This latest episode is a must-see, not only for Sega Genesis fans, but also the techies at heart,” said Alisha Mowbray, senior vice president of marketing, element14. “With his usual zeal, Ben covers the gamut of electronics modding from design conception to more complex circuitry work.”
Show fans are invited to visit element14 to register for a chance to win Ben’s Sega CDX portable gaming system mod featured on today’s episode.
About “The Ben Heck Show”
“The Ben Heck Show” is a bi-weekly online television series dedicated to the science, art and mindset of system and hardware modders with a global audience of design engineers, students and electronic enthusiasts (e.g., tech geeks). Each episode spotlights Ben’s mods of popular electronic devices while educating viewers on the underlying technology powering each of Ben’s featured projects, and offering his unique insight regarding hardware modification techniques, tools and design tips. Sponsored exclusively by element14 and produced by leading Internet TV network Revision3, the show continues to gain support from loyal fans with over 1 million views since its debut in September.
element14 is the first collaborative community, research portal and store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts. The website provides product data, design tools, technology information and top brand components to seamlessly facilitate the design process; users can consult industry experts and collaborate with peers around the globe. element14 is sponsored by Premier Farnell plc (LSE: pfl), a leader in multi-channel distribution and specialty services for electronic design engineers, trading throughout the Americas (Newark), Europe (Farnell) and Asia-Pacific (element14). The company has group sales of 795.3m pounds Sterling and over 4,100 employees globally.