Designers have crammed speedy hardware into some very interesting shells--from Star Wars to beavers to game consoles to even ant farms--redefining what a computer can be.
This "Sandcrawler" case mod by David "artoodeeto" Benjamin is a relatively accurate representation of the model used in Star Wars, and is nearly the same size. With 143 LED lights and a tiny R2-D2 in the cockpit, the model houses an AMD Phenom II quad core with Zalman 9500 heatsink/fan, 4GB of dual channel RAM, and an OCZ Vertex 120GB solid-state hard drive.
"Rods & Mods: The Kustom Kulture of Radical Computer Modification" opened Friday at the Exploratorium and continues through the weekend.
A fixed-in-place Zelda game cartridge serves as the CD drive.
Inside, the Ultra Aluminus case is an FSP Everest 1,010-watt power supply and an Intel DX48BT2 motherboard with an Intel 9400 quad-core processor.