Ben Heck Builds Retro-Inspired Portable LAN Computer for Mod-Off Challenge with Hak5's Darren Kitchen in Element14's "The Ben Heck Show"

Show fans invited to register to win Ben's challenge entry at element14

Sep 12, 2011, 03:01 ET from element14

CHICAGO, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- element14, the first collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, and modding guru Ben Heck, suit up for a mod-off challenge posed by Darren Kitchen, host of leading internet television network Revision3's syndicated show "Hak5" in today's episode of "The Ben Heck Show." The challenge was set last May during a chance encounter between Ben and Darren at Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 – to mod a full ATX case for the ultimate portable LAN computer for $199.

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"I was both honored and excited when Darren and his crew challenged me to a battle of the mods," said Ben. "I knew when I chose to accept the project that it was going to be a tough feat, but I am never one to walk away from a challenge, especially one against such worthy opponents as the Hak5 crew."

The show highlights Ben's entire design process—from sketching the plans for his ultimate retro radio-inspired portable LAN computer and prepping the 24-inch widescreen backlit LED ASUS monitor, to routing the pieces for the case and installing the components, including the micro ATX motherboard. Careful measures were taken throughout to ensure that all the pieces fit together, resulting in one incredibly tricked-out build, complete with a pull-out keyboard, yellow LED-rigged system fans, and an adjustable monitor.  

"This episode underscores element14's goal to be a resource for like-minded individuals to collaborate and exchange information to inspire new and innovative design ideas," said Kevin Yapp, chief marketing officer, Premier Farnell. "There is nothing like a little friendly competition between two experienced modders to get those creative juices flowing."

Viewers of the latest episode are invited to register to win Ben's portable LAN computer. In addition, show fans are invited to join the discussion online at element14  to send Ben a challenge for a future build or submit videos of their own builds.  

About "The Ben Heck Show"

"The Ben Heck Show" is a bi-weekly online television series aired in English that's dedicated to the science and art of system and hardware modding with a global audience of design engineers, students and electronic enthusiasts. Sponsored exclusively by element14, each episode spotlights Ben's mods of popular electronic devices while educating viewers on the underlying technology powering each project.  

About element14

Launched in June 2009, element14 is the first, innovative information portal and eCommunity specifically built for electronic design engineers. It provides product data, design tools and technology information, while incorporating Web 2.0 functionality to facilitate communication, interaction, collaboration and information sharing between colleagues around the world. element14 is an innovative offering from Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), FTSE 250, a leader in multi-channel electronics distribution trading throughout Europe (Farnell), the Americas (Newark) and Asia Pacific (element14). The company had group sales of pounds Sterling 990.8m and underlying profits of pounds 93.3m last year.

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