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September 20, 2005

NES Bluetooth Handset



What we have here is your typical NES controller converted into a Bluetooth handset suitable for use with mobile phones and VOIP software on Bluetooth-enabled PCs. Click the images to see larger versions.

The controller itself is an actual NES controller. The plus-pad has been hollowed out and houses a speaker to listen to conversations. A discreet little hole next to the ‘A’ button allows sound to travel to the internal microphone.

Here’s where it gets good.

Pressing the ‘A’ button raises the volume while pressing the ‘B’ button lowers the volume. The ‘Start’ button is the main action button and is used to pick up calls, hang up calls, pair the handset and turn it on/off. I actually kept the internal button connectors, and hooked them up to the Bluetooth device.

A small port on the side of the controller is used to charge the internal battery. The Bluetooth handset has a talk time of 4 hours and a standby time of several days. The quality is quite good.



Here’s how it works with cell phones:
• Keep the NES Bluetooth Handset in your pocket.
• Keep you Bluetooth phone in your bag or backpack.
• When a call comes in, press ‘Start’ on the NES Bluetooth Handset.
• Talk.
• When done, press ‘Start’ again to end the call.

Here’s how it works with Skype:
• Keep the NES Bluetooth Handset on your desk.
• When a call comes in on your Bluetooth-enabled PC, press ‘Start’ on the NES Bluetooth Handset.
• Talk.
• When done, press ‘Start’ again to end the call.

Creating the NES Bluetooth Handset took around 4 hours of dremmeling, soldering and cursing. I could probably do it again in less time now that I know how things work. The end result is sturdy and light but you don’t want to see the inside of this beast, it is a monster in there.

Please let me know what you think. This is the first time I have seen or heard of a controller handset and I am interested in any feedback you may have.

P.S. If you don't think it is real, just ask Gabe & Tycho. They got to try it out in person at the Baltimore Comic Convention on 9/17/2005.

48 Comments:

At September 20, 2005 1:51 PM, Anonymous Lectoid said...

How about a How-To. I realize this isn't too complicated, but would like to see the internals and stuff.

 
At September 20, 2005 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would also love a How-To.
-Tha Ratt

 
At September 20, 2005 2:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awwww SWEET!

Are you gonna make these for sale? I'd totally buy one! Probably one for my girlfriend too! Sign me up!

 
At September 20, 2005 3:22 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Bring on the How-To!

 
At September 20, 2005 3:41 PM, Anonymous FreakyG33k said...

yeah man post a "how to" that looks really cool, i'm already getting ideas heh heh.

 
At September 20, 2005 4:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mini Zoolander phone is better

http://dilldoe.blogspot.com/

 
At September 20, 2005 4:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This could be very interesting for persons with disabilities. Is there a way to assess this for persons using electric wheelchairs and cellphones with bluetooth?

dszlam@hotmail.com

 
At September 20, 2005 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you should post a how-to. some people might actually want to try and do this.

 
At September 20, 2005 6:54 PM, Blogger Man Law 101 said...

I would like to contact the creator -- how can I do so?

 
At September 20, 2005 6:56 PM, Anonymous Burv said...

I want one, i'm not that hot at DIY electronics, but i'd buy one if you made them and put them up for sale.

 
At September 20, 2005 7:11 PM, Blogger Kamalot said...

Jay:

You can contact me by sending email to kamalotblog@gmail.com.

 
At September 21, 2005 6:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is great man.

there is a whole retro theme that can be applied in this way

I know a mate of mine who would love it

qnc@qnctv.com

 
At September 21, 2005 7:01 AM, Blogger Benoit Gariod said...

You should really post some "guts" pictures, so people can shamelessly steal your design to build their own.

 
At September 21, 2005 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought that's what this was. i saw this guy talking to the PA guys about the headset.

heh, small internet

 
At September 21, 2005 1:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NICE COOL LOL ID BYE 1

 
At September 21, 2005 4:33 PM, Anonymous brian said...

excellent, LOVE it.

 
At September 21, 2005 6:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant!

 
At September 21, 2005 11:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be awesome if you could also use it as a controller for your computer, for music and dvds.

 
At September 22, 2005 1:57 PM, Blogger Jemaleddin said...

How about a parts list? Or at least what headset you cannibalized...

 
At September 23, 2005 2:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want one! How about selling these babies? ;)

 
At September 23, 2005 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ya if you could how-to that I'd adopt you as my father... lol naw but that is pretty awesome

 
At September 26, 2005 4:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Id actually rather see it as a wireless gamepad for a pc using bluetooth then a headset to a phone, but still cool none the less.

 
At September 26, 2005 9:24 PM, Blogger Kamalot said...

Thanks to everyone for the positive feedback. Here's what I think I'll do.

I'll be making a few more of these and auctioning them off on ebay. I don't have the time or connections to mass produce them. Each one is hand crafted.

When I get tired of making them, I'll put up a how-to guide. Sound fair?

 
At September 26, 2005 11:11 PM, Blogger adam apple said...

its awesome nuff said

 
At September 27, 2005 5:31 PM, Anonymous themetree said...

its amazing... i want one.. now

 
At September 28, 2005 10:28 PM, Anonymous Stephen Carboni said...

I was wondering if you could put up pics of the inside so other could try to make their own or maybe you could sell them

 
At October 03, 2005 6:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey thats cool, as soon as i saw you were seeling on ebay i went and tryed to find one.... but i couldn't how can i get one?!?!

 
At October 03, 2005 6:42 AM, Anonymous dan said...

www.aaaaargh.com

 
At November 25, 2005 9:09 PM, Blogger Sonny Minx said...

What did you use for the bt internals?

 
At December 09, 2005 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been looking for a bluetooth controller for emulated games on my toshiba e830. What a tease... "handset.. wtf @_O"

Could you theoretically build a BT controller?

M$N: seyeklopz[aht]rogers[dawt]com

 
At June 08, 2006 5:34 PM, Blogger Brian said...

Well done bro! Spectacular job - very clean finished project. It you sell them on ebay, you should give them a serial number and a date created, maybe on the inside. Can't wait to see the how-to, and i dont have a blue-tooth phone. :D

Keep up the good work!

 
At June 13, 2006 1:57 PM, Blogger cataphoresis said...

Come on, man! A how-to!

 
At June 13, 2006 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

plz post a how to i am so fuckin impressed

 
At June 15, 2006 3:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is amazing, I want one

 
At June 19, 2006 3:57 AM, Blogger thedarkharlequin said...

man, if you put up a how-to, or sell this, i'll be so on this. i want i want i want.

 
At July 23, 2006 10:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, it's been 10 months. Gotten tired of building them yet? Let's see a how-to.

 
At July 29, 2006 8:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets see a how to man i would love to try it out for size

 
At September 11, 2006 1:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nearly a year and still no how to :(

 
At October 04, 2006 5:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Just Built One of theese and I am in thinking of building a how-to for this. It was way too much fun building and I don't see a reason not to spread the love. I used a Jabra bluetooth headset which fit perfect inside without having to glue any parts together. Hit me up in an email and if I get enough people wanting it I will buy the parts again and create an in depth how-to with pictures and all!!!
nesbluetooth@gmail.com

 
At December 11, 2006 11:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about making one for us mobilephone-emulator lovers? nes games on your mobile, using the nes controller :P :P

 
At March 15, 2007 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Radical!

 
At March 16, 2007 4:59 PM, Blogger Christian said...

what brand of blue tooth did you use

 
At July 07, 2007 4:18 PM, Anonymous Ben said...

like the idea behind it but i just found a real reason to keep the controller functions.....

I was able to get an NES emulator for my phone and have over 30 roms that I can play. I don't want to wear out my phone's buttons playing the games from the "old days" and now searching for a "how to" on converting an old controller to be able to connect to the phone via blue tooth. Any ideas?

 
At July 09, 2007 9:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a new, non-obvious invention -- use of a game controller as a bluetooth headset..you should pursue patent protection!

 
At January 03, 2008 9:06 PM, Anonymous Brad Crabtree brad2157@yahoo.com said...

This is pretty awesome.

I am really wanting to take a original NES controller and try to add some bluetooth inside it to link up to my pda-phone that is running a NES emulator with games. I would love to be able to control the games on my motorola Q with a bluetooth synced up original gamepad. That would ROCK!

 
At February 03, 2008 5:55 PM, Blogger MoetorMouth18 said...

you should totaly sell these...i'd buy one!

 
At January 30, 2009 4:28 AM, Anonymous floodman said...

cool stuff you get there.why dont you try to make a simple video to show how simple the stuff works.appreciated!

 
At February 04, 2009 7:48 PM, Anonymous Kolovision said...

i love it! did you ever make a guide for it? id love to make my own

 

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