I thought for a change in scenery, I would look at modding the original square base. The square base was an attachment that could be used to support the Videosphere, it wasn’t needed if the Videosphere was hanging. To keep with this idea, I decided to make the base a removable DVDRW drive, with a connection to a standard USB, the base could still be removed and was not essential to the operation.
I purchased a slot load DVDRW drive from eBay for $50 and a USB slim laptop drive SATA adaptor for around $10.
First I glued some wooden pieces to the inside of the base, and this provided me with mounting points.
I created some brackets for the DVD drive from some quarter channel aluminium and a hacked older CD drive.
With the position of the DVDRW drive now know, I cut a slot into the plastic square base with a Dremel.
Once the slot was large enough it was cleaned up with a file.
The DVD burner mounted inside the Videosphere’s base.
The work in progress.
Next post I will look at fixing up the USB cable at adding some obligatory lighting to the base.