How many times while playing through Fallout 3 did you stop to wish you had your very own Pip-Boy 3000? Every five minutes? Me too. Now, we're one step closer to actually having our very own Pip-Boy, straight from the vault. During the SpaceWearables: Fashion Designer to Astronauts challenge, a group of coders under the moniker of Team Reno banded together to create their very own impressive, 3D-printable Pip-Boy 3000. Truly, we are living in the future.
An iPhone 5 powers the device that runs a special app to mimic that of the Pip-Boy's iconic interface. It displays a great deal of environmental info, and the included Geiger counter measures radiation like a boss.
"We wanted to make a piece of popular science fiction into a reality so we chose the Pip-Boy 3000 from the game Fallout 3," Team Reno explained. "The goal was to bring environmental sensors into an easy-to-use cuff device that could help a wearer determine if their environment is safe for navigation or helmet removal." And though the team ran out of time before they could implement a Bluetooth heart monitor for vital signs, this is still an awesome replica if I ever did see one.
If you think you can do one better, Team Reno has made the project open source, with all the goodies available on GitHub and 3D print files up for grab on Thingiverse. Get out there and make an even cooler prototype!
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5:00 PM on 03.19.2015