Who hasn’t harbored a secret desire to actually own a piece of technology from a video game? Aleator777 of Instructables was particularly enamored with the PIP-Boy from Fallout — a wearable computer that assists the protagonist in their journey around a radioactive wasteland. He was so taken by the PIP-Boy, in fact, that he set out to design, built, and code a working prototype using off-the-shelf parts. He started the project in November of last year not only because of his enthusiasm for the game, but also because he was unsatisfied with other users’ PIP-Boy replicas using iPod touches and various props.

He stresses the prototype status of the PIP-Boy, but his creation has a functioning GPS, an RFID reader to “equip” virtual…

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