Ron Lee Christianson's known in modderati circles for the outstanding attention to detail in his case mods, and his latest project is no different: the Iron Man PC blows our mind. Commissioned by Thermaltake and built with Thermaltake's new Armor Revo case -- though you'd never know it just by looking at it -- this kick ass case contains the extra touches that make a difference, such as a replica of Iron Man's chest-bound Arc Reactor and a front-facing copy of Iron Man's helm that actually opens and closes. We spoke with Ron about the Iron Man mod and other things over the weekend.
We're nerds. We love tech. We love sci-fi. And we love it when the two find each other in movies, so this article made total sense.
So, without further ado, we present to you some of our favorite movie computers of all time. Enjoy.
Hands down, one of the friendliest, most down to earth computers in cinema. Making her glaring (wakka wakka) debut in Danny Boyle’s massively underappreciated sci-fi epic, “Sunshine”, Icarus showed sensibility, courage, honesty, and faith in her crew, who had more than enough problems to deal with while catapulting towards the great ball-o-fire. She alerted Capa that a deep fried space zombie had managed to sneak aboard the ship. She let the psychiatric counselor Surl experience a moment of “white enlightenment” by letting him stare at the sun for “no more than three seconds” in what became one of our favorite moments of foreshadowing in sci-fi. She made the choices that her crew could not, even when it meant sacrificing the noble Captain Kanada to stay the course and save the crew to accomplish their mission. Icarus, both the computer and the ship, stayed etched in our minds far after the credits had rolled, and deserves to be known by sci-fi geeks as one of the coolest computers ever to grace the silver screen.
We have to hand it to Zachariah Perry, a 19-year-old sculpture student, blogger, and the man behind one of the coolest Iron Man Xbox 360 mods we've ever seen.
Perry took a standard Falcon HDMI-based Xbox 360 console and outfitted it with an Arc Reactor with bright white LEDs. "Also there is a ring of light around the outside of the Arc Reactor that mimics the ring of light around the power button," Perry explains in his eBay auction.
Completing the ensemble is a matching red controller and a 120GB hard drive with a "Stark Industries" label. Plenty more pics can be found on Perry's blog here.
We're sure somewhere out there, someone is selling a replica of the Iron Man suit worn by Tony Starks, and it probably costs a fortune. If you're a fan of Iron Man and can do without the full-body garb, the new Iron Man 2 USB flash drive by Tyme Machines might be more up your alley.
"We at Tyme Machines pride ourselves on bringing beloved characters, such as Iron Man, to life in full 3D and making them available to fans across the world," said John McDaniel, Chief Marketing Officer of Tyme Machines. "We expect the Iron Man 2 movie release to generate many more fans of this great superhero and feel we have created a product that any fan can be proud to tote around and show off."
The 3-inch drive comes in capacities ranging from 4GB to 32GB and sports the same looking Mark VI suit as in Iron Man 2, complete with the new triangular chest plate. What you don't get, however, is support for USB 3.0.
As the setup for tonight's Comic-Con 2009 opening continues, we've managed to sneak inside yet again to see how the show floor looks one day later. Vendors and studios are putting the final touches to their booths, some even shielding big props with curtains to hide big reveals from curious eyes. This afternoon's gallery has highlights from Sideshow Collectible's famous booth, Hasbro's GI Joe presence, and Warner Bros.'s giant tumble weed. We're just as confused as you. Confirmed, though, is the presence of the Black Hornet's car and an Iron Man 2 armory with at least 4 full-size suits on display. Check back tonight as we'll post coverage from tonight's Preview Night events.