Son of R-Kade

September 29, 2015

Sequels are always an interesting proposition. Some are as good or better than the original, for me the film Aliens is a great example of this. Some sequels take things in a different direction, again I’ll use Aliens as an example for this: action vs. horror. But in reality most sequels are just pants 🙂

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So when the Raspberry Pi foundation announced their 7″ Touch LCD Screen, I knew I wanted to make a sequel to my Raspberry Pi powered bar top arcade cabinet: R-Kade.

I designed R-Kade for the Raspberry Pi way back in December 2012 after wanting to build an Arcade Cabinet but never having the space for a full size cab and the Pi’s small size offered me a chance to make something on a smaller scale. It was built it in early 2013 and took it to the Maker Faire UK in Newcastle in April of that year. It’s been to every Maker Faire UK since, Edinburgh Mini Maker Fire twice, eDay three times and numerous other maker events. I finally got around to updating its wiring earlier this year by designing and making “ArcadeIO”, an joystick and button input interface HAT-like board. Whilst it is built like a tank and has taken almost every abuse the eager punters have thrown at it, it was always a big and cumbersome thing to carry to events. So with new 7″ LCD in hand here goes…

opening sequence:

Son of R-Kade

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p.s. Here’s hoping its not as bad as Phantom Menace (oh wait a minute that was that a prequel)

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Maker Faire UK 2015

April 27, 2015

Maker Faire UK 2015 is over for another year 😦

But it was another great weekend of meeting fellow makers and creatives from around the UK and the world.

With my fellow local makers, I was on the Maker Space stand with various great projects on display. Ed’s 1D Pong, my R-Kade, Jon’s Over Eng’d, Iain, Tommy and Alistair’s Christmas window (I know we’re into April), Glen’s 3D Printer and EggBot, Chris B’s LED cubes, Chris D’ custom retro console, Rosie with her sewing.

Hightlights of the weekend for me where:

Meeting up [again :-)] with Aaron from Oomlout was there again.

Likewise meeting up with Mitch Altman of TV-B-Gone fame and co-founder of Noisebridge was there again.

low cost pick n place machine from http://www.liteplacer.com/

mini cnc from http://www.minimillcnc.com/

LinkIT one from MediaTek and Seeed http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/LinkIt-ONE-p-2017.html

and meeting a great number of other makers from the UK, Europe and rest of the world was great was well.

The Saturday night meet up in the Union Rooms for food and beer was a great night out. Lots and lots of people showed up and a few didn’t get back home until the very early hours on Sunday morning 🙂


R-Kade getting a upgrade

February 27, 2015

The wiring in my Raspberry Pi mini arcade cabinet is getting a much needed upgrade.

I originally build R-Kade for Maker Faire 2013 and its been at various other Faire’s around the country and at eDay for the last two years. It was quickly build out of a bookshelves, old VGA monitor, WII arcade controller and a raspberry pi. The control board was removed from the WII arcade controller and the joystick and buttons wired directly to a prototyping board on the Pi. Unfortunately, it’s this wiring which is becoming a problem and needs redoing.

Rather than just strip out the wires and rewire new, I decided to make myself a better solution and have designed a Pi ArcadeIO board. The ArcadeIO board has screw terminals for connecting the wires to the Pi’s GPIO signals. In addition the GPIO signals have in-line resistors to limited the effects of any short circuits. There are addition screw terminal positions for connecting common grounds for the arcade switches and joystick.


Maker Faire UK 2014 over for another year

April 28, 2014

This years Maker Faire UK 2014 is over, phewww.

Just had two great days at Maker Faire helping to man our Makerspace stand. We had lots of great stuff on show again this year. Jay was there with his ginormous 3D printer. Chris had his hypnotic LED cubes. Jon’s flying duck looked on on us. Dan had parked his quad copter. Ed had his reflex game. Myself I had brought out R-Kade (my Raspberry Pi powered Arcade cab) for its yearly outing.

As always, Maker Faires are a great way to bump into old maker friends and these year I met up with Aaron Nielsen (Oomlout), Mike Cook (aka Grumpy Mike) and Mitch Altman  of Noisebridge fame.

 

 

 


Maker Faires 2014

December 31, 2013

One of my high lights of 2013 was attending the national UK Maker Faire in Newcastle and also the Scottish Mini Maker Faire in Edinburgh.

So before the new year has even begun I’m planning my attendance of 2014’s Maker Faires.

 

Maker Faire UK will be on the weekend of 26th and 27th April 2014,

Mini Maker Faire at Edinburgh will be on the weekend of 20th and 21st April 2014

Details are here:

 

http://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/maker-faire-uk-2014

 


Photos from Maker Faire UK 2013

May 30, 2013

I finally managed to get my photo’s off my phone, so here they are:

Setting up our Makerspace stands

My RKade – PiMame mini arcade cabinet, Jay is playing it in one of the pics.

Makerspace’s 3D-Printers, including Will’s printer and Jay’s huge 3D Printer which has a print envelope of 400mm x 400mm x 400mm

Mitch Altman from NoiseBridge with some of the Makerspace crew:

Some random pics taken during the two days:


Maker Faire UK 2013 great success

April 29, 2013

Hi everyone, I’ve finished spent two great days at Maker Faire UK in Newcastle were I helped out on Makerspace’s stand

I think I can safely say that Maker Faire 2013 was a great success, especially  for Makerspace.

A very big thank you to all members who were able to man our stand and for all those members who visited us during the Faire. We have lots and lots of people visiting our stand checking out who we were and what we do. We hope many of them will become new members.

Our tables were jam pack with our creations and builds, so many, I think we emptied Makerspace 🙂

Ed’s Laser Caper game was a roaring success. Every time I passed there were queues of people patiently wait to have a go.

Brian’s DIYBio table was also a great success with many people leaving their bacteria, myself include, for Brian to cultivate.

We met up with many, many makers from around the UK and Ireland and have we have made many new friends.