Apparatus for Utilising Effects Transmitted Through The Natural Medium Tesla Patent 685,956 - November 5, 1901 I'm a bit of a Tesla buff and have replicated parts of his patents in the past. This isn't a replication of one of his patents though it is in homage to the great man and his vision of the future. <boring history lesson> Tesla dreamed of providing the world with wireless. Not just wireless transmission of information which was the prime objective of the day, but wireless transmission of power! In 1901, Tesla began construction of Wardenclyffe Tower in Long Island. This tower was built to provide wireless communication throughout the world, and prove the concept of wireless transmission of power. The financial backing he received to build the tower rested souly upon its abilities in wireless communication. A major financial backer was J P Morgan, who had but recently won the rather lucrative contract for laying the network of copper cables that will be bringing electicity across America. When Morgan found out about Tesla's plans for wireless transmission of power using the same apparatus he pulled funding and used his influence to make sure no one else funded him either. Tesla's Wardenclyffe Tower was late demolished and Tesla's method for wireless transmission of power was fogotten. During the Wardenclyffe years, Tesla filed several patents including Apparatus for Utilising Effects Transmitted Through the Natural Medium. This would have been the device used to receive signals and enegy from Tesla's tower. </boring history lesson> So that's the inspiration for the project. I'm going for the steampunk/teslapunk style, but really want it to look authentic as a piece of experimental apparatus from 1901 so no superfluous pressure guages and brass gears stuck all over it. Basic Hardware: Asus E35M1-Pro Micro ATX Motherboard (Overclocked through the BIOS to a stable 1.85ghz) Kinston HyperX Blu DDR3 4GB RAM 1TB HDD Generic 250w psu So pretty much HTPC spec. Running Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit with Gnome 3. Asus's APUs are notroiusly tricky with linux (works beautifully on windows *spit*) but got it running nicely on Ubuntu using the proprietary drivers and it handles two 1080p videos playing simultaniously without breaking a sweat. Right... think that's all the boring stuff out the way. Now for the pics! This is a Mini ITX case. My motherboard is a Micro ATX ie. NOT compatible! But it has the perfect sized frame for what I had planned. and the parts do fit in the case if we rotate it 90 degrees. But that DVD drive bay is pointing the wrong way and I wasn't going to be using it anyway so just drilled out the rivets and pulled it out. I'm using a Sony Optiarc AD-7690H-01 slot loading dvd drive (designed for laptops but meh). I remodelled the dvd drive bay so that it can hold the hard drive and the dvd drive together. And screwed the hard drive directly to the side of the frame with some rubber washers in between it. Added some new screw holes to the base for the motherboard, attached the dvd drive to the hard drive and voila. Everything fits. Now for the fun stuff See how the CPU fan is pretty much exactly in the center of the case? I'm going to have a pipe going from the top of the unit so that it is pulling cool air in from outside the case. A bit like a chimney... but a vent. I really wanted to use a mushroom vent. They're really beautiful, and they would work well with the theme of the project cloaking as the receiver of the "Apparatus" but acting as a vent. Unfortunately these vents aren't made any smaller than 6 inch diameter so I had to find an alternative. Eventually stumbled on a perfectly sized clock bell. My Bell But too shiny! This thing is supposed to be over a hundred years old! The answer? A hot hob and lashings of sulphuric acid! (Only attempt this while supervised by a responsible adult) Much better More pics to come this evening.