We have a lot of time around the house these days so I wanted to build something fun with my son. Enter Retroflag’s GPi Case, a device that runs a Raspberry Pi to bring you some handheld goodness inside a case that looks like a classic Game Boy.(more…)
Devices like the GameShell are my absolute favorite. Made for DIY fans and Raspberry Pi users, they are basically mini computers inside a wonderfully easy-to-build shell. I’ve 3D printed something similar in the past but now the whole thing is available for $139 preassembled, a boon to those who don’t want to go through rolls of plastic and fiddle with messy prints.
This little device comes with a DIY case and buttons as well as all the hardware you need to build your own retro gaming rig. Features include:
- New clockworkPi V3.1 (Quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, WI-FI & Bluetooth on-board,1GB DDR3 memory, Micro HDMI output)
- ATmeage168p programmable Keypad
- 2.7 inch TFT [email protected] screen
- Dual speaker
- 1200mAh rechargeable lithium battery
- Lightkey module (for shoulder buttons)
- 1 front shell + 2 back shells
- 16GB MicroSD card
- clockworkpi OS, Linux Kernel 4.1x supported
- 14PIN GPIOs development cable
- Assembly instructions & sticker
It comes with a few indie games built in and can run emulators including NES and SNES ROMs.
Darrell at TechCrunch filmed himself building the thing if you’d like to see how complex – or non-complex – the whole process is. After all, if he could build it… “All told, I had mine put together in less than an hour, and even though I did get in there with my teeth at one point (to remove a bit of plastic nubbin when assembling the optional Lightkey component, which adds extra function keys to the console), I never once felt overwhelmed or defeated,” he wrote which means that anyone with a little time and a little desire can follow in his DIY footsteps.
If you want to learn coding, there are any number of ways to go about it. Pick up a book, find a class, or even take courses online. However, if you find yourself craving a more practical – or even fun – application of the code you write, then your choices are a bit more limited, in terms of pre-built kits to help you along the path. There’s one going on Kickstarter right now that may be of interest to you, the pi-top.(more…)