Last year Adafruit showed us how to make the PiGRRL, a Game Boy-inspired handheld NES and MAME emulator. Now the electronics shop presents the Pocket PiGRRL, a multi-console emulator with a case that’s inspired by the Game Boy Pocket.
We’ve seen a laptop and a tablet that are both powered by the Raspberry Pi. Tyler Spadgenske completes the gadget trinity with the Tyfone, a 2G cellphone based on the versatile computer.
The Tyfone has a 3.5″ TFT touchscreen, an AdaFruit FONA GSM module, a 5MP Raspberry Pi camera and a 3D printed case.
UberBlox Systems has designed the industrial equivalent of LEGO Mindstorms. Uberblox lets you make machines such as 3D printers, CNC mills and robots using modular parts and controllers that are based on Arduino or Raspberry Pi.
Redditor Lauri Hakkarainen aka b10nik wanted to have an excuse to buy a mechanical keyboard, so he thought of turning it into a computer by installing a Raspberry Pi 2 inside. Even though his Project Kiiboard turned out to be a bit complicated, you wouldn’t think that from looking at the unassuming computer, which practically looks just like its unmodified form.
Upgrade Complete is a Flash game series where you have to improve the game itself in order to progress. Piper is the hardware equivalent of that. It’s a specialized Minecraft gaming console meant for kids, who will need to put it together before and while they play.
We’ve seen a BMO toy with a LEGO case and another one that appears to have a wooden case. Mike Barretta’s take on the living console has a 3D printed case and buttons. That’s right, this BMO works much like a Game Boy in that you use the buttons on its body to play.
Back in 2013 we saw an old piano that was turned into a controller for Doom. The Sound Fighter project had a similar goal – play Street Fighter Alpha 3 on pianos. But whereas the Doom hack simply mapped controller buttons to piano keys, Sound Fighter mapped certain moves to chords.
We’ve featured several DIY classic console emulators based on the Raspberry Pi. If you’d rather buy than build one, keep an eye on Rose Colored Gaming’s Facebook page. The console modding shop will soon release a Raspberry Pi handheld system, with a case based on the original Game Boy.
If you have a spare tablet, you can turn it into an interactive calendar just by mounting it and keeping your calendar app of choice on the screen at all times. But if all you have is a spare monitor, check out Instructables member Alex Pine’s guide.
I really like the idea of having a 3D printer and scanner in my house so I can make things. I don’t know what exactly I would make, but I would totally scan anything I could fit on the plate and then print it out.
Instructables member Mister M loves to convert old gadgets into their newer incarnations. For his latest project, he turned a 1981 Sharp VC-2300H portable VCR into a media center powered by the Raspberry Pi. Thanks to its tall boombox-like shape, Mister M was able to add a 15″ HD screen on the back of the VCR.
We’ve seen retro console emulators based on the Raspberry Pi crammed inside a Game Boy and a Game Boy Pocket’s body. Bacman forum member Frostedfires wanted to use the Game Boy Advance SP’s case, but the Pi wouldn’t fit inside it.
We’ve already seen a netbook based on the Raspberry Pi. Here’s a DIY kit for a Raspberry Pi tablet. The PiTablet consists of Psy Labs’ PiTouch 10″ touchscreen, an acrylic case, a USB power pack, a remote control, a Wi-Fi module and the necessary cables.
The NES is already fairly portable if you don’t mind sticking it in a backpack and going over to a friend’s house to play some classic Super Mario Bros., but if that isn’t small enough for you, you could try this Pitendo.
Many of us take our Internet access for granted. But the information it holds can change lives and history for the better. A company called Outernet Inc. wants to make some of the most important information online out of the Internet and into its eponymous satellite network, so that people can access them without restrictions and for free.