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Working Fallout 3 Pip-Boy 3000 has all the answers

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Michelle Starr is the tiger force at the core of all things. She also writes about cool stuff and apps as CNET Australia's Crave editor. But mostly the tiger force thing.

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Life isn't about stats, quests and weapons caches, but with Zachariah Perry's Pip-Boy 3000 replica, we suppose it could feel like it for a while.

The Pip-Boy from the Fallout games was an interesting way of making a video-game HUD. A wrist-mounted personal console in later games, it is the interface used for viewing your stats, gear, points and maps, checking up on quest progress and viewing your game notes.

Zachariah Cruse, a 21-year-old sculpture student with a side-hobby in prop-making, has some pretty mad skills. He started with the Pip-Boy digital clock that came with the Survival Edition of Fallout 3. He fancied up the paint job, replaced the screen with a convex screen from a slide viewer and installed a 3.5-inch LCD digital picture frame inside.

Loaded on the screen are images from the Pip-Boy display that he captured from his brother's saved game, added some LED lights at the bottom and put an audio jack in the glove, which connected to a speaker in the device for playing music from an MP3 player.

If you're looking to buy it off him, though, you're out of luck: he made it as a gift for his brother. What a great idea.

You can see more pictures of Cruse's finished replica on his website.


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