The Magic 8 Ball is a fun toy that answers yes or no questions in a variety of ways. There are twenty different responses that it can give (10 positive, 5 non-committal, and 5 negative). A different answer is written on each face of a 20 sided die that floats in a blue liquid.
Each time you turn over the 8 ball it randomly displays one of the answers. This can be an amusing way to speculate about life's many questions, but it lacks versatility. So I decided to augment my Magic 8 Ball with a digital picture keychain. This let me store up to 60 picture responses and I can change them whenever I want.
So today I am going to show you how to make a digital picture Magic 8 Ball.
Step 1: Cut Open the Magic 8 Ball
Step 2: Remove the Internal Parts
If you want to extract the die, you can open up the cylinder by removing the three screws. Handle the fluid with care, it will stain.
Step 3: Prepare the PVC Pipe Spacer and Glue it in Place
Then cut a piece of PVC pipe to be the same width as the bottom half of the Magic 8 Ball (about 1 3/4"). Paint the pipe black and let it completely dry. Then set it on the clear plastic disk that you just installed and center it with the opening. Glue it in place with a clear adhesive such as silicon or rubber cement. Let this cure over night.
Step 4: Glue in the Digital Picture Keychain
Step 5: Cut and Glue Button Extenders
Step 6: Cut Slots in Housing for Buttons and USB Connector
Step 7: Glue Outer Housing Back Together
Step 8: Finished Digital Magic 8 Ball
Whenever you want to use it, just press the power button to begin cycling through pictures. When you turn it over, the message that is currently being displayed is the answer to your question. Try it out and have fun.