Another month and another very long list of life events that need to be accounted for.

First and foremost, the most amazing thing happened to my wife and I on October 22nd. We became a parents to the cutest little baby boy around! As you might have guessed, a very large portion of my time has now been devoted to this little guy, putting modding and design on the back burner to him and my real job. Though I’m still ever persistent to get at least an hour or two of work done a day on my projects, it’s still quite the taxing endeavor sometimes. He’s actually sleeping right behind me down in my office as I write this. Sleep is hard to come by but when he konks out, I have a limited window to get stuff done which is why I’m posting now!

Evan Christopher Downing

Evan Christopher Downing

That was the big news.

The second big news is certainly modding related in that I am also a proud new owner of a FlashForge Dreamer 3D Printer which I just acquired a week ago. This completes the main trifecta of my work shop as I now have a full CAD, 3D Printing and CNC Milling capabilities in house.  This is already helping out greatly in a boat load of projects I’ve been working on and I’ve been working out the kinks to get full sized, quality prints from my new machine which I can then incorporate to the milling machine to make up for the short falls of 3D printing quality and the tolerances that have to be compensated for because of the precision of my CAD programs.

As far as the 3D printer itself goes, I’ve done a (long) unboxing video to show what one from the US might expect to find inside their package. Overall I’m happy with the machine so far, aside from some of it’s corner cutting when it comes to material and exterior construction, but hey it’s been printing reliably enough for the price and a lot of the failures I’ve had are just the early learning curve. Check out the video below if you’re so inclined to do so!

The FlashForge Dreamer 3D Printer

The FlashForge Dreamer 3D Printer

So what have I been up to these past few months? Well it’s been kind of a secret but lets just say that I’m working on trying to redefine what one could call a “hack” as far as making a portable gaming console goes. In an attempt to try and push the boundaries between what has been a traditional portable system to what I feel can be achieved, I’m getting closer to making this a physical demonstration. Since July I’ve been working on the design of a new portable project. This one is going to go where no portable has gone before and employ methods which combine all three of my in house processes along with custom PCBs and help from my good friend RDC.


A test print of the front face bracket of my new project.


With all that said, the next couple of months are going to be quite fun to see where they lead. I’m pretty excited about where things are right now and there will be more updates in the near future!


I know, again a month without a post of any significance. As I’ve said before though, 2014 has been one of the craziest years in memory and it looks to plow right through to next year as well. Though we are FINALLY done with weddings and special events of our friends, our little baby boy is due any day now and will be the start of a whole new way of life.

But as far as projects are concerned, progress has been made on a new OUYA project that I’ve been working on for a few months now, even since before I moved. Not ready to disclose what it is as of yet, but it’s a project that myself, RDC and Hailraizer are all in on.

More info on that in the next month, so we all have that to look forward to! More to be posted as it develops!

New Workshop In Progess

Posted: 08/23/2014 in Uncategorized

Well, been a month now since my last post and life has been brutally busy. As many of you may know, I moved recently and man…four years of setting up a workshop seemed to take just as long to break down and move to a new place!

So what I’ve been up to lately is just trying to get back on my feet as far as my projects are concerned. This new house has a full sized basement which I’d say is now 90% set up and getting ready to go. My new Milling machine is finally starting to get some use and I’m in the process of building a new clamping table for it out of aluminum which is new to me. A new learning curve but it’s something I’ve wanted to be able to do for awhile now and this is a good starting point.

In the next few weeks I’ll have some pictures and video up of the new basement. I’m also getting a new computer of Wednesday as my old one didn’t survive the move too well (it used to be built into my desk but the desk didn’t make the trip). But, it was also going on 7 years old so time for an upgrade anyway.

With that said, I’ve got some pretty big plans in place, but they may very well just stay that way as I’ve got 6 weeks left until a new baby Downing makes his way into this world! This will be my first child and I’m very excited to meet him! So there will certainly be more updates coming soon enough!

Probably the only thing cooler than actually building a portable gaming system is when you show off your creation playing somebody elses, and then having them be very excited to see it in action! Such is what happened when I took a picture of Extend Interactive’s new game “So Many Me” on my portable OUYA and released it on Twitter! It’s very flattering to see such a positive response to this project and is constantly inspiring me to strive to make something better.


As for the game developers of So Many Me, they liked it so much they then wanted to see if I could do a short video of the game in action. So I kinda just threw this together quickly as I’m no game reviewer or anything of that nature, but they made a great game and I’m still having a great time with it and love helping those who create further their reach in anyway way possible!

Again, great work guys and I deeply appreciate the positive response this has gotten!


So after nearly a year of production, the Cross Plane Commission I took on back at the end of October 2013 is now complete and will be shipping to my customer this week! As many of you have known, the Cross Plane was a Kickstarter project that I was working on pretty much the last part of 2012 and all of 2013, with the help of Jon Jandran (Hailrazer) and RDC. It was a project that taught me a great deal about modern electronics and video gaming hardware.

This version of the CP improved on all the key issues that were apparent with the Kickstarter prototype and were made as best it could be without some form of industrial redesign or major funding.

The video below pretty much showcases all the pics I took of the project. It also explains and demonstrates how the control paks work and the overall goal that was accomplished.  I’m very proud of how this one came out, even if it didn’t go quite according to plan. I also want to thank my buyer for being as patient as he was while I worked out the kinks to get this right!

Thanks again everyone and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Oh, and I have build log here that I kinda forgot about but it gives a bit more detail as to what went into this.
BacMan Forums Build Log

Busy Month!

Posted: 06/04/2014 in General News

Hey guys, sorry it’s been a month since I’ve posted anything over here, but it’s been super crazy!

The Ouya portable has officially become my second biggest success, and my largest video on You Tube. Second of course to The Cross Plane, which though the video on my YT only shows about 6K views, the Kickstarter page is over 60K and on Jon’s YT, is almost 10K.

But anyway, that’s not what it’s about, it’s just fun to measure it up to other accomplishments!

Speaking of accomplishments, on Sunday June 1st, I had and interview done on me via Skype by a moderator known as [KillSwitch] over on the OUYA Forums. They are one of the coolest forums I’ve been a part of, much because of their open and constructive attitudes. Not to mention, they go right to the top with the OUYA Brass which helped push this project into the lime light.

Over the next few days I’ll be making a few small updates to the site and adding some of the press coverage to the “Projects That Made Waves” page and can read what others around the net had to say about it.

The Interview can been seen below. Note that my Internet connection crapped out in spots and it becomes unwatchable for a minute around the 31 min mark, should anyone actually get that far into the video. hehe. It was a lot of fun to do though as I’ve never had an interview done before, so it was a cool experience.

Also, here is a partial copy of the email that started this whole thing. Word got to OUYA corporate about my project and they put it in their weekly newsletter! I thought that was really cool!

OUYA Promo

Partial copy of the Weekly Newsletter sent out a couple weeks ago.

But alas, this ends on a somber note. On June 2nd, my wife and I lost our beloved Boston Terrier Te-Te. She had to have been in her early teens, we rescued her from a puppy mill about 6 years ago and was one of the hardest goodbyes I ever had to do. It was the right thing to do though, but it’s never easy.