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.


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.


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

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