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Hacked Magic 8 Ball Tells Customizable Fortunes

Hacked Magic 8 Ball Tells Customizable Fortunes

The Digital Magic 8 Ball can store up to 60 customized image responses.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 1 august 2013

For DIY-er, inventor and maker Jason Poel Smith, the Magic 8 Ball was a fun enough toy, but it can only give 20 possible answers and lacks diversity. So he decided to give it a serious upgrade.

In his Instructables project, Smith provided detailed instructions on how to remove the 20-sided fortune die inside the Magic 8 Ball and replace it with a digital picture keychain to enable the classic toy to give up to 60 image responses or fortunes, if you will.

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The upgrade involved sawing the ball in half, removing the tube that contained the 20-sided die and blue liquid it floated in, placing in a clear plastic to shield the digital keychain, and putting in a section of a PVC pipe to hold the digital keychain in place. Smith also included button extenders and a USB port to enable access to the keychain and change the image responses any time.

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Check out the video below to see how the toy was given a makeover:

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