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I would love to see a TIS-100 inspired physical machine:


* A small display over each of the nine cores to show the code.

* A larger display to show the input stack and outputs.

* The ability to reprogram the cores.

* Indicators to show IO between the cores and if the core is blocked

* Ability to feed external data to at least one of the cores

* Ability to output data externally


If you don't have interest in making one of these some advice about the chips you would use for the cores would be handy.


Here is the command reference:


Not part of the original spec it would be cool if each chip could detach and possibly had stackable headers so you could expand the cores in any direction.


TBHS build idea

Posted by tindaleluke Jun 21, 2017

I think ben should build a computer with a 6502 cpu and multiple rom images from diffrent computers from the 80's

Hi, I have just found out about you having given up using any games console since the N64. I want to buy or at least find out how I could get my hand on one of your Xbox one controllers   

I am a left arm amputee following a traffic accident and I want to play games again.


Hi, I have just found out about you having given up using any games console since the N64. I want to buy or at least find out how I could get my hand on one of your Xbox one controllers   

I am a left arm amputee following a traffic accident and I want to play games again.



help my ben

Posted by craftcop123456 Jun 9, 2017

Ben can you help me fix my old gameboy the screen is brocken and can you posibly add a backlight.1496988660258609660819.jpg

I come up with a design that could work out for the logic game, it solves both splits output into multiple and false connections (e.g. connect an output to another output).

The idea is to have a directional wire that can only go from an output to an input and the output side is stackable, so you can direct it into multiple inputs.

Here is my design:


Connector diagram


I hope this is helpful for the project.

Throughout his time on element14, Ben has made a habit of generously gifting his completed builds to community members. His latest random act of kindness was to give cacope a medication reminder device to make his busy mornings a little easier. You've always got to be careful when giving stimulants to children to treat ADHD and if your mornings are as hectic as most people with children running around, there's always a risk you'll forget or in the case of a two parent household, double dose which isn't good for anyone especially small children. Its with this in mind that Ben Heck asked that element14 team to reach out to the community member came of with the suggestion and see to it that he received the device.


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While automatic pill dispensers exist, The Ben Heck Team built a device using load cells the box continuously to detect if pills are removed by weight. The Pill-Minder 2000 contained boxes for each day (AM and PM) of the week and logs the weight for each day. If the weight doesn't change for a given day then the device knows and can alert you by sounding an alarm. By using a real time clock, accessed via the 12C bus, the device knows what time of the week it is, and an am/pm alarm tells you what time to take your pills. cacope was happy to receive his gift, a free Ben Heck T-shirt, and some element14 swag! The Pill-Minder 2000 is a very useful build and its going to home where it can hopefully be put to good use!




Ben Heck's Pill-Minder 2000 Episode


Hello, I hope this is the right place to post things like this. I drafted an email last year that I intended to send to you but didn't know where to send it, then got busy with coursework etc., but I finally thought I'd send you my idea and see what you think!


Dear Ben Heck,

I have recently come across your show on youtube, and during my easter break (which I should have probably been doing more coursework than I have) I have been binge watching your show... In order to help me to catch up on the work I have missed, I came up with an idea for a machine that could increase my productivity one-hundredfold! The idea is quite simple, but the creation of it is beyond what I am capable of, but I thought I would send it to you and see how you like the idea. Since VR has become this big thing in the last year or so, I thought that it would be interesting to devise a contraption that worked in a similar way to VR, by wearing a headset with a screen and audio, and using a tactile peripheral in order to aid learning by the rote memorisation of text. The idea being that you could have words show on a screen, have the same text turned into speech via software, and also a 'keyboard and gauntlet' peripheral which is attached to a series of strings and pulleys to move your fingers to where the letter would be on a keyboard. The most important thing I can think of in this is that all three function absolutely simultaneously, and that the word speed is variable.

Please respond, even if you don't think you will go ahead with the idea, and I have attached an image of some rudimentary sketches to attempt to detail this (but I must say that I am no graphic designer like you used to be!),

Thank you,

Matthew Brake




Ben Hecks Lunchbox Dev Kit Remixed

[Scrolle runter um die deutsche Version zu lesen / Scroll down to read the german version]

Have you ever wanted to recreate one of Ben Heck‘s projects in your own style?

I certainly did, and when I was given the opportunity to remix a project from the Ben Heck show, I had no time to waste.


I‘m Clemens Mayer , austrian maker and host of the youtube-channel MAYER MAKES (german language), which features content including electronics projects, 3D printing, reviews and maker community events and all kinds of DIY topics.

The video is in german but you can turn on english subtitles.




Recently I had the chance to remix one of Ben Heck‘s latest projects, the Lunchbox Dev kit.
I gave it the austrian treatment by massively overpowering it, while completing the project on the lowest budget possible.

The MAYER MAKES version of the Lunchbox Dev Kit supports up to 10 developement-kits or single board computers at once, while providing various networking options.
It features a built in VGA screen with CFFL-Backlighting, which is converted to accept HDMI signals from the connected devices. It took 3 VGA monitors, to create one working unit, due to weird power supply failures and strange glitches.
Did I mention it consumes up to 450W ? No chance to run it on batteries as long as you want to be able to lug it around.
Element 14 provided the most vital parts, for example the power supply, HDMI converter, Beaglebone Black boards and 3d printing filament.
When the space inside the case got really tight, they saved the project with a very compact keyboard/mouse combo.

If i would ever rebuild this unit I would take the extra time and replace the CFFL tubes with LED backlighting to cut down on power consumption. Maybe 5 dev-kits at once would be enough for IOT-developement,and some additional storage for components could be useful.
I guess the Lunchbox dev kit may help with covering the world in IOT-devices whatever they may be good for. ;-)

I would love to remix some more of Ben Heck‘s projects, like portable game consoles.Taking my spin on the junk keyboard, by digitizing a guitar or remixing the Nintendo-playstation prototype by actually building a game console that never was, but could have been.
With the Help of Element14 those ideas could turn into reality and great episodes.


What is your opinion on my remix of the Lunchbox dev kit?
Are there any projects you want to see remixed by MAYER MAKES?
Let me know on the Element14 community or social media:


Element14: @MAYERMAKES


GERMAN Version Deutsche Version


Ben Hecks Lunchbox Dev Kit Remixed


Wolltest du jemals eines von Ben Heck‘s Projekten in deinem eigenen Stil nachbauen?

Ich wollte das unbedingt und als Element14 mir die Möglichkeit dazu gab, hatte ich keine Zeit zu verlieren.



Ich bin Clemens Mayer, Maker aus Österreich und Hauptakteur auf meinem Youtube-Kanal MAYER MAKES (deutschsprachig), auf dem ihr verschiedene Videos zu Elektronik-Projekten, 3D-Druck, Reviews und Maker-Community-Events und vieles mehr rund um das DIY-Thema findet.


Das Video ist auf deutsch und es gibt englische Untertitel.




Vor kurzem hatte ich die Chance eines von Ben Heck‘s Projekten nachzubauen und zwar das Lunchbox Dev Kit.
Ich habe ihm die österreichische Behandlung gegönnt, nämlich gewaltig übertriebene Leistung bei möglichst kleinem Budget.

Die MAYER MAKES Version des Lunchbox Dev Kit unterstützt bis zu 10 Developement-Kits oder Einplatinenrechner auf einmal und verbindet sie mit verschiedenen Netzwerkmöglichkeiten.
Enthalten ist ein VGA Bildschirm mit CFFL-Hintergrundbeleuchtung, der modifiziert wurde um HDMI-Signale der angeschloßenen Geräte verarbeiten zu können. Ich habe auf dem Weg ein funktionierendes Gerät herzustellen dank merkwürdiger Netzteilfehler und seltsamer Schwierigkeiten beim Umbau 3 VGA-Bildschirme zerstört.
Habe ich schon erwähnt, dass das Lunchbox-DEV-KIT 450W verbraucht? Keine Chance, dass dieses Ding jemals auf Batterien läuft, ausser man verzichtet auf die Möglichkeit es noch transportieren zu können.
Element 14 hat die wichtigesten Teile zum Beispiel das Netzteil, HDMI-Converter, Beaglebone Black Boards und 3D-Druck-Filament für dieses Projekt zur Verfügung gestellt,
Als der Platz im Koffer wirklich eng zu werden drohte, haben sie das Projekt mit einer kompakten Tastatur/Maus-Kombination gerettet.

Wenn ich dieses Projekt noch einmal bauen könnte, würde ich mir die extra Zeit nehmen und die CFFL-Hintergrundbeleuchtung durch LED-Leisten ersetzen, um die Leistungsaufnahme zu verringern. Vielleicht wären auch 5 Dev-Boards genug und etwas Platz für Bauteile könnte auch nicht schaden.
Ich glaube das Lunchbox Dev Kit könnte durchaus dabei helfen die Welt mit IOT-Geräten einzudecken, was auch immer die dann genau für einen Zweck haben. ;-)


Ich möchte sehr gerne noch mehr von Ben Heck‘s Projekten remixen: zum Beispiel eine tragbare Konsolen. Ich würde meine Runde am Junk Keyboard durch eine digitalisierte Gitarre aufmotzen oder den Nintendo-Playstation Prototyp aufleben lassen in dem ich eine Konsole baue, die es nie gab, aber geben hätte können.
Mit der Unterstützung von Element14 könnten aus diesen Ideen bald echte Projekte und großartige Episoden werden.


Wie findet ihr mein Lunchbox Dev Kit?
Welche Projekte würdet ihr gern von MAYER MAKES remixed sehen?
Schreibt mir in der Element14-Community oder in den sozialen Medien:


Element14: @MAYERMAKES


Hey Ben

I was recently going through some of my old stuff and I came across my sega game gear and tv tuner (broken by the way) but it got me thinking that you and your awesome tech wisdom could make the tv tuner that can only pick up analog signals receive digital so the turner can have a purpose again. Please let me know what you think.




Raspberry Pi tablet

Posted by asdf2345 Dec 3, 2016

I picked out a part list to make it a real tablet (if you could find similar parts for cheaper reply with links to them (no ebay))


Battery charger



Raspberry Pi

And Cellular NeeCoo Bluetooth V4.0 Dual SIM Card Adapter-29.99 Online Shopping|

In the Power Glove Teardown episode, Ben turned the power glove into a "functioning" computer mouse. Here are the results of us trying to draw in MS Paint using the glove.

Ben's drawing

Here's Ben's drawing. I think he was going for Sonic the Hedgehog. I'm not really sure anymore.


Max's drawing

Max decided to create more of a landscape. Not bad. Not bad.


Karen's drawing

Here's my drawing. At first it was a face going "whaaaaa?". And then I drew a tree. Sorta.



So overall, I would not recommend using a Power Glove as a mouse. Looks like it needs a bit more work before we can truly be like Tom Cruise.

Ben's a pretty good artist. He can whip this kinda stuff up in minutes. Here are some concepts for the sci-fi movie prop we built for this week's episode.

Space Movie

How are you celebrating?

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