Mini MAME Arcade!
Ok. Building a dedicated MAME arcade cabinet is something that has been on the list of things to do for a long long while, but I have always pushed it off since it would cost a lot of money and time to build or convert a full-size cabinet. That is… until I had ran across this at edsjunk.net, who built this mini, tabletop, portable, full-featured arcade cabinet that is powered by plug or a battery.
Ed hacks a cheap netbook, separating the LCD and using it as the arcade screen, and keeping the main body with its battery packed inside a small portable-ish MDF enclosure, complete with graphic decals and plexiglass shiny-ness. Along with a simple arcade joystick, he adds an external USB port and power button to keep the cabinet fully enclosed. This mod doesn’t require much, just a spare netbook or old laptop, joystick, some soldering and wiring skills, and access to basic woodworking tools. I have say, this is way freakin’ cool, especially the fact that it can be completely battery operated.