Wander the Fallout 4 Wasteland with this Lego Pip-Boy (pictures)
Unable to snag one of Bethesda's official limited-editionPip-Boy accessories? Dave Love's DIY Lego Pip-Boy is a fully functional wearable that lets you navigate the Commonwealth in style.
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Have you been exploring the Wasteland of the Commonwealth in Bethesda's Fallout 4? If so, you've probably had your gameplay interrupted when you needed to look at your in-game Pip-Boy device to swap to a different weapon when fighting bad guys, or trying to find a location on the map.
Not so for mechanic, artist, fabricator and Fallout 4 gamer Dave Love, who spent nearly 12 hours building a fully functional Lego Pip-Boy that houses his iPhone 6S running Bethesda's Fallout 4 companion app. With this DIY build, Love can do everything his in-game Pip-Boy can, without having to stop the gameplay. The build uses Lego buttons to control functions like volume and power on his phone, and Lego Technic parts to make the device more comfortable to wear.
This image shows the front of the device, with the screen displaying the stats for Love's in-game character.
Dave Love's custom Pip-Boy has fully functional Lego buttons that connect to a smartphone's volume and power buttons so the wearer can still control all aspects of their phone -- even when it's in the case.
Dave Love was quick to point out that users can customize the DIY Pip-Boy to fit any phone. As this image shows, Love built his Pip-Boy to perfectly fit his iPhone 6S, which can be inserted or removed by taking off the backplate that holds the device in place.
This image shows where the device actually attaches to the arm. While the connector looks a bit wonky, Dave Love tells CNET's Crave blog that he spent a lot of time focusing on getting the arm feel just right, and ended up using Lego Technic parts including shock absorbers that adjust to the shape of his arm for optimum comfort.
Hidden away in Dave Love's Pip-Boy build is a compartment that holds holotapes, just like the ones found throughout the Wasteland in Fallout 4. Of course, it won't actually play the holotapes, but it definitely looks cool.
Speaking of holotapes, Dave Love wanted to make sure he built one to fit into his custom holotape compartment. Just look at how cute that little thing it is. It's a shame it doesn't play Red Menace or Zeta Invaders like the ones found in Fallout 4.