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The Ben Heck Show: Giving the Atari 2600 a modern makeover

In 2000, Ben Heck built his first mod, a vintage, portable Atari 2600 Video Computer System. Today, element14, the first collaborative engineering community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, and the prominent modding guru, give the original gaming console a face lift, incorporating more efficient and modern design elements.

Heck deconstructs his original portable Atari 2600 mod to determine the best approach to apply a new, up to date design and feel. He walks viewers through the entire build – from taking apart the Darth Vader Atari 2600 system, to installing new resistors and simplified soldering techniques. The final project is a sleeker, more advanced version of his original design, complete with digital volume controls and an enhanced lcd screen.

Viewers are invited to join the discussion online at element14 to enter for a chance to win Ben's revamped portable Atari 2600 gaming device.


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