Hacked Magic 8 Ball Tells Customizable Fortunes
For DIY-er, inventor and maker Jason Poel Smith, the Magic 8 Ball was an amusing toy, but it could only respond to questions with 20 possible answers. So he decided to give it a serious upgrade.
In his Instructables project, Smith provided detailed steps for removing the 20-sided fortune die inside the Magic 8 Ball and replacing it with a digital picture keychain. Tweaking the toy this way enables it to generate up to 60 different image responses, or fortunes.
The hack involved sawing the ball in half, removing the tube that contained the 20-sided die and blue liquid it floated in, placing in a clear plastic to shield the digital keychain and putting in a section of a PVC pipe to hold the digital keychain in place. Smith also included button extenders and a USB port to enable access to the keychain and change the image responses any time.
Check out the video above to see how Smith rewired the classic toy.
Image: Flickr, Casey Fleser
This article originally published at PSFK
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