View Full Version : wishful or crazy thinking?

09-12-2006, 06:39 PM
Hs anyone ever considered making their computer workstation into a spacecraft c0ckpit? I mean like building a c0ckpit around the computer and embellishing it all with further screens and blinky lights and stuff. Not necessarily star wars or star trek but any kind of starship.

I've seen home improvement shows where they've done lame attempts for a kids bedroom but I just think it would be really cool to build a real c0ckpit unit and have to climb in to use the computer. have looped video of starfields on screens and stuff. a funky pilots seat. all the usual sci-fi paraphenalia around. subdued lighting. the works.

I'm tinkering with a design for one myself, using a room of a house and building the thing like a movie set. and having a connecting room be the mid section of the craft with a bunk and a workstation and a little galley kitchen. I'd have a curved roof on it and underfloor lighting beneath a raised floor.

The only problem i can see is how to get doors to auto open. without going to the expense of hiring two guys to haul on ropes when you step up the door so it opens or some ridiculous hydraulic system. There again why do doors need to auto open anyway? submarine style doors would be just as cool.

I'm a long way off ever having the cash or space or time to build anything like this but I just wondered if anyone else had been plagued by equally crazy thoughts.

09-12-2006, 11:46 PM
Just buy some old sit down style arcade game and plop your monitor where the video screen is. :D

Dar' Argol
09-13-2006, 03:11 PM
I have seen someone take a Millenium Falcon model and cram a computer in it . . . .

Let me see . . . Ah here it is . . its the last page with most of the interesting pics . . .

Millenium Falcon Computer (http://www.mini-itx.com/projects/falcon-itx/default.asp?page=3)

09-13-2006, 04:07 PM
Not a bad idea MDP. One way top get the doors opened and closed is head to your local grocery store and steal there doors. Easy as that.

Dar, if you like the computer you will love this:

& (http://www.boingboing.net/2005/02/02/xbox_to_1979_toy_mil.html)

09-13-2006, 04:49 PM
How about this one? (http://www.extremetech.com/slideshow/0,1206,l=&s=26633&a=155979,00.asp)

I've seen a computer setup with about 10 or so monitors. It was made for a flight simulator game and it was pretty bad arse.