A stunning design for a video game system is born while admiring a lamp.
The classic Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES, holds a very special place in the hearts of many people. Not only do people actively seek out old Nintendo units at thrift stores and yard sales, there is actually even a market for other systems that can play the original games. Retrobit RES is a fairly common one as it is cheap, roughly $20 on amazon, and very compact.
Dave Nunez decided he wanted to get his hands on one of these and make a custom arcade style cabinet for it. This idea alone sounds pretty fantastic, a mini arcade that can play all the NES classics. However, his idea evolved and the end result is simply stunning.
The NesPoise started out as the very typical arcade cabinet style, only rather small. It was meant to fit on your desk. You can see the original design, which would have been pretty neat, in his build blog. You can also follow along in detail as he began to refine the idea. Instead of a static screen position, he wanted to be able to adjust the angle. This concept made his design very similar to a clamshell, like a Nintendo DS, only more retro.
The concept sketch for the NesPoise
While brainstorming about his designs, he found himself admiring his articulated lamp. This gave him the idea of adding an adjustable arm for the screen position instead. He sketched it up and really liked the mid-century look it provided.
The body is predominantly 3D printed with wooden accents. He transplanted the Retrobit RES into the 3D printed case, with only minor modifications necessary. The final result is quite stunning. It may not fold up to an easily portable design, but it looks fabulous.
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