This isn't strictly
PC modding, I know. On the other hand though, it's so awesomely cool that I don't think you'll mind and it does involve using bits of a PlayStation 3, so it has a loose gaming connection.
KipKay over Instructables
posted this inventive little mod a few days ago, detailing how to create a Blu-Ray/Star Trek
phaser for under $100.
Instead of ripping a brand new PlayStation 3 to pieces and ruining a perfectly good console (silence Nintendo fanboys!), KipKay started off by getting a PS3 Blu-Ray laser assembly off of Ebay for under $50. Couple that with an Aixiz Laser Housing ($7) and some batteries, resistors and switches, and you've got yourself a neat little laser emitter.
The cool part though is mounting it inside a classic Star Trek
phaser pistol toy to create your very own Blu-Ray phaser. The not so cool part is when you accidentally blind yourself whilst playing with it.
KipKay has posted a detailed step-by-step photo guide
, as well as a video of phaser in action.
Now, before you go running off to make your own Blu-Ray phasers or HD-DVD pulse rifles, we've got a quick and deliberately controversial question for you - one designed to shake the community to the core. Ready? Which is better, Star Trek
or Star Wars
? Discuss it on the forums