Show commemorates element14’s two-year birthday and gives viewers the opportunity to win and mod Ben’s latest project
CHICAGO – July 11, 2011 – element14, the first collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, and modding guru Benjamin J. Heckendorn, a.k.a. Ben Heck, create the ultimate “lazy man’s” gaming tool on the latest episode of “The Ben Heck Show.” The newest modding feat – an automatic video game disc changer – gives gaming junkies access to multiple discs at one time, resulting in uninterrupted game play.
“Let’s face it – everyone calls us video gamers lazy. Not true, of course. I’m sure it’s just a “coincidence” that this particular build has been one of the more popular requests we’ve gotten for the show,” said Ben. “Couch potatoes unite!”
The episode follows Ben’s mechanically and electronically intricate build process, focusing on replacing the DVD drive in the Xbox 360 with the changer’s CD player and disc carousel and configuring the casing and components to ensure discs load properly into the player. Ben also spends a significant amount of time on programming, replacing the existing electronics to streamline the switches that control the CD cycle, as well as sensors that allow for the disc changer control.
“Modders and gaming enthusiasts alike will enjoy this episode, as it displays Ben’s signature mix of ingenuity and practicality,” said Kevin Yapp, chief marketing officer, Premier Farnell. “This episode also commemorates element14’s second birthday, and I’d like to thank the viewers and fans of ‘The Ben Heck Show’ for helping to make the element14 community such a successful collaborative resource.”
In honor of element14’s two-year anniversary, 214 prizes will be awarded to new and existing community members during July. Show fans are invited to learn how they can win a Fluke Multimeter and other great giveaways. Another unique aspect of this episode is that Ben leaves the project unfinished, allowing viewers to enter for a chance to win the automatic video game changer to “mod Ben’s mod” and finish the project to their own liking.