UPDATE: I set up a blog where I’ll be posting how-to guides for this project. You can also enter there for a chance to win the one I’ll be building! http://www.sudomod.com
I made a RetroPie handheld using a Raspberry Pi Zero and an original DMG-01 Game Boy. I modified an original Game Boy cartridge to act as an SD card adaptor for the Pi, so I can have the same satisfaction of putting a cartridge in and powering it on like you would on a regular Game Boy. 🙂
Some pictures of the build are here:
Reddit thread with a bunch of Q/A:
Feel free to ask any questions in the comments and I’ll try to answer.
Here is a list of parts used:
3.5” composite display: https://www.adafruit.com/products/913
A word of advice on these composite screens: make the wire connecting it to your Pi as short as possible to reduce noise. Adding some shielding helps too. You can get them cheaper elsewhere, especially if you rip one out of a backup camera system on ebay or something, but the Adafruit one is well documented, easy to convert to run on 5v, and I knew the size of the controller board and screen housing before buying, so that was nice.
Micro USB breakout for charging port: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12035
2000mAh LiPo battery: https://www.adafruit.com/products/2011
There is actually a little more room in there, so I will likely upgrade this to the 2500mAh battery adafruit carries.
Lipo charging board: https://www.adafruit.com/products/2465
Audio amplifier: https://www.adafruit.com/products/2130
Sounds pretty good and fits well inside the original speaker spot
Teensy LC: http://www.amazon.com/PJRC-Teensy-LC/…
I used this to wire up the controls and have them show up as a USB keyboard in Emulationstation. You could use GPIO for the buttons if you want, but I wanted a Teensy to add some multicolor status LEDs later on down the road anyway. Plus it makes it easier to upgrade the Pi Zero in the future if they come out with a Pi Zero 2 or something.
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The Raspberry Pi is certainly the enthusiast choice for DIY electronic projects. The Raspberry Pi Zero, that is about the dimensions of a stick of gum, is pretty super-cheap and has it’s own special use instances though. Here I will discuss ten of our favourite projects that take advantage of its size.
1. Cram a Raspberry Pi Zero Inside an Traditional Game Controller
It’s well known the Raspberry Pi makes an superb DIY video gaming console. The setup process just takes a few minutes, and the Raspberry Pi Zero is entirely in a position of taking on classic games from the Super NES age and even earlier. The complete project is better yet when the whole system is in a controller.
Exactly what somebody is talking about (ahem), this project uses a Super NES controller, this one tackles the NES controller, and this one uses that good old original Xbox controller. However you attempt to get it done, you will have a very slick tiny DIY retro game console you can easily carry around anywhere.
2. Make a Miniscule Dongle PC
While the Pi Zero makes a neat tiny computer as it is, it makes an even better dongle computer. By doing this, you can attach it to another computer you have, then it will tether itself directly so you will never have to add in a USB or any networking.
The greatest thing of this project is the point that you do not need another computer mouse, display screen, or key pad sitting around. Merely jam in into your normal computer and you are ready to go.
3. Make the Earth’s Tiniest (Most likely) MAME Cabinet
MAME cabinets are terrific, but they’re massive. For the exact opposite approach, it is easy to take advantage of a Raspberry Pi Zero to make one that is nearly as tiny as the Pi itself.
You might need a few items to help to make this sucker do the job, for instance a 3D printed case, but in the end cabinet is entirely functional, meaning you’ll have the perfect desk add-on in the workplace.
4. Build a Motion Sensing Digicam
The Raspberry Pi is almost certainly a wonderful motion sensing camcorder, but the low profile of the Pi Zero helps it be more enhanced.
Employing the Raspberry Pi Zero, your motion sensing camera has a far smaller size, that means it can go in even tighter rooms. E . g ., this one mounts to your window with a pair of suction cups, which is nearly as light and portable as it can be.
5. Play Any Simpsons Episode (or Any Tv Series) Aimlessly
When you’ve ditched cable and gone full streaming with your media, you might still miss the days of catching a random episode of your most enjoyable TV show. The Raspberry Pi Zero can bring that back.
In such a project, they use installments of The Simpsons stored on an Micro sd card. With a custom script, it is easy to mouse click a control button and it plays an episode at random. You can put any media you like here, including a wide range of shows if you really wanted, yet, The Simpsons are the ideal choice.