The Journey of Making a Real Working Pip-Boy 2000 and How To Do It! After two years, meeting and collaborating with the designer Chris Barnardo of the Wand Company and former lead artist, Nate Purkeypile of Bethesda, not to mention a lot of experimenting and breaking things, I now have a fully functioning Pip-boy 2000. You might ask, "Can it lift heavy items and stop time?"... Well, yeah... In the Fallout universe! Like its predecessor, this device can control Fallout 4. So, in effect, we made a device that controls another universe! It also has a working visual interface, light up clock rollers and button, working FM radio with flickering radio tubes, Bluetooth speaker, and a Geiger counter that lights up, clicks, and has a needle with organic movement. Even better, I found a way to make a holotape that has its own power, memory, and wifi, that can be wirelessly accessed from the device. Using Bluetooth biometric devices, I can even take my temperature and heart rate.
Why? I ordered my kit back in 2019. It was made by the Wand Company, after a number of hurdles and problems with the game nearly resulted in it not being made. I also saw the video by TESTED where Norman Chan interviewed Chris Barnardo at E3. They showed the working modules that were to be released, including a radio and Geiger counter. There was also a screen, but it was only a backlit sticker. I was hoping to have a fully working screen, like the 3000 version. Chris said they wanted to release a working screen that interacted with the game, but screens these days were not the right size and shape for that large square screen, and making a fully functional screen would cost so much, "Fans would not be able to afford it." Also, it was said by several people, "There was not enough room behind the screen to make that area an independent device. I took this as a challenge! I was determined to find a way to make that area a device with a square screen of that size, independently powered, that could not only play fallout and the holotape games, but also play video, music, make calls, play Fallout Shelter. At this time I was planning on being able to purchase the radio and the Geiger counter. This is where it began.
I did document this build and the two year journey on Youtube, but I plan to go into more step to step instruction here and answer questions if you have them. But if you are impatient, you can jump to the video.