May 30, 2016
It’s been a while since I last wrote about R-Kade Mini so I thought I would share a couple of new-ish pictures. These were taken at Maker Faire UK in April.
Instead of painting the cabinet I used black clothes dye instead. I’m please to report it work much better than I thought it would, giving it a nice flat black finish with no brush marks or paint smears. The decals were a mix of ones I printed off and some I bought off ebay. All in all I very pleased how it all turned out.
February 26, 2016
I forgot to mention, you can also find build details on hackaday.io:
March 30, 2015
Here’s the first build of the Raspberry Pi ArcadeIO board. It originally started as a requirement to upgrade my R-Kade Pi based mini cabinet.
You can find them on Tindie here.
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.
August 29, 2013
Last year Makerspace helped organised a special technology and digital skills event called eDay with Gateshead libraries which introduced the general public to new technologies such 3D Printers, Raspberry Pi’s, Arduinos, Lego Mindstorms etc.
eDay was a first for UK public libraries (and possibly the world). It was really well received with lots of other public libraries looking to emulate the event.
Here are some write-ups of the day:
This year eDay2 will be on Saturday 7th September 2103 and will take place as part of the British Science Festival.
It’s a free event but you’ll need a ticket to come along, details are here:
They’ll be Raspberry Pi workshops in the morning and afternoon. These will be delivered by Dr Alun Moon from Northumbria University, assisted by my good self.
As well as Makerspace, Vector76 will there again and this time they’ll be bringing their awesome Oculus Rift! There’ll be lots of other groups helping out so expect to find lots of other digital stuff going on during the day.
* 3D Printing,
* Raspberry Pi and Ardunio show and tell from Makerspace Newcastle
* Simple Maker activities
* Retro Gaming
* Makey Makey
Raspberry Pi Workshops
You can expect much of the same
Teachers and Adult Workshops
Workshops for age 8+
14:00pm – 14:40pm
April 20, 2012
At Wednesday’s Open Session at our Maker Space, Jon was giving a Commodore 64 an MOT and I had a Raspberry Pi on show.
By the end of the session, the C64 was sorted and we had gotten VICE a C64 emulator working on the RPi. So we had a good old fashion face off between them.
January 31, 2011
I’ve neglected my list of homebrew video game consoles, so here’s a update:
- www.xcores.orgMy friend Yvo’s site related to the awesome Xmos chip.
- mikronauts.comPropCade is a self-contained and affordable Propeller platform for emulating old computers (Z80, 6809, etc) and old game consoles.
- www.retrode.orgNot a console as such but a handy way feeding games to your SNES or Mega Drive / Genesis emulator from your original cartridges.
- www.4dsystems.com.auPoGa, a Portable Game Development console looking a lot like a SNES controller.
- www.chameleon-dev.comChameleon PIC 16-Bit and the Chameleon AVR 8-Bit are yet another Propeller based systems this time with the addition of a standard Microchip PIC or Atmel AVR microcontroller.
- www.fpgaarcade.comA site dedicate to recreating gaming hardware from the past in modern programmable FPGA devices.
- www.lucidscience.comA beautifully documented insight to designing and building your own classic console
- www.microvga.coma design offering a low-cost Microcontroller to VGA interface
- www.ladyada.netA new system from LadyAda offering a 320×240 TFT color display with resistive touch screen.
- rossum.posterous.comRBox: A diy 32 bit game console for the price of a latte
- www.linusakesson.net linusakesson “craft”
the original list is still here:
November 24, 2009
I’ve talked a few times about the X-One Xmos based console so I thought better put up a schematic to show how it all goes together. A Xmos XC-2 is found at the heart of the console with the rest of the circuit providing a R-2R video DAC, PWM audio and SD Card interface. Ethernet is provided by the XC-2 card its self. The software kernel is Yvo’s VDP video engine.
The pdf is here: XC-2 VGA 0v10
November 15, 2009
I finally found some time to start the PCB for Zuzebox (a Uzebox compatible retro-minimalist homebrew game console). I’m hoping to squeeze it all into a 100mm x 100mm board so I can use Seeedstudio’s Fusion / Propaganda PCB service. The picture below only shows about half the components laid out, so I think the final PCB is going to be busy.
November 8, 2009
It’s taken me longer than I hoped to make this small update to Zuzebox (an Uzebox compatible retro-minimalist gaming console). What I’ve done with this update is to actually simplify the design by removing the surface mount components for the USB circuit. I still intend to have the USB interface but I’ve decided to use a plug in USB module instead of a surface mount chip.
The idea is to keep the electronics as simple as possible and to add functionality such as a USB or a Ethernet interface through plug in modules. I’ve updated the schematic to use Sparkfun’s USB module shown below:
I may added another USB module footprint in the future, possibly a FTDI module.
The updated Zuzebox v0.30 schematic (pdf) is here.