Tuesday, 10 January 2012 18:25

Ben Heck transforms Apple iPhone into the ultimate hand-held gaming device in element14's 'œThe Ben Heck Show'

By Liz Hartney

Modding guru pays homage to consumer electronics as 2012 CES tradeshow kicks off

January 10th 2012 - element14, the first collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, and modding guru Ben Heck pay homage to the 2012 CES International tradeshow in the latest episode of the 'The Ben Heck Show.' This week's modding project features an Apple iPhone® that Ben morphs into an enhanced hand-held gaming tool - sure to impress even Android fans.

'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.'

To successfully implement video gaming capabilities onto the smaller-footed iPhone, Ben first deconstructs an iCade®system that enables gaming on an Apple iPad® to integrate a scaled-down version of the circuitry. Then, by connecting a PodBreakout board to a simulated battery, Ben borrows voltage from the iPad to enable the Bluetooth required to power the iPhone for mobile gaming purposes.

'This latest episode is a must-see for gamers, tech gurus and electronics enthusiasts alike,' said Kevin Yapp, chief marketing officer, Premier Farnell. '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.'

Ben wraps up the episode by showing viewers how to build the case and required controller components - from designing and routing the shell and laser button pads using an Epilog Laser Engraver to creating and printing buttons. The final result is a tricked-out innovative hand-held Apple iPhone gaming device. Show fans are invited to join the element14 community to send Ben a challenge for a future build, engage with community members, and enter for a chance to win the build from this episode.

In conjunction with CES, Ben will demonstrate his latest mod in a live streaming interview with the host of GT.TV, Geoff Keighley on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 2:15 p.m. PST. Directly following the interview, Ben will go up against 'Men's Health' contributor Matt Bean in a live debate on the benefits of robotics. Check out the live stream at


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