Arduboy: a credit card size game system with 8-bit look & feel!

April 5, 2016 | 09:46
Arduboy: a credit card size game system with 8-bit look & feel!
Arduboy: a credit card size game system with 8-bit look & feel!
One of the greatest projects I ever spotted and put into publication in Elektor Magazine was Steve Willis’ brilliant Gameboy Digital Storage Oscilloscope (GBDSO) cartridge. Kicked off as mild amusement and a mere gizmo for the electronics enthusiast, the project went skyrocket in sales and publicity.

A good 15 years on, that clunky old Gameboy still isn’t dead and buried. “Create your own games, learn to program or download from a library of open source games for free” that’s the promise of Arduboy, now on Kickstarter, and it sure has the looks of the mono Gameboy.



Arduboy is a hardware development platform based on Arduino, an open-source community and tool chain for controlling electronics. Heavily endorsed by Atmel (now the funnier part of Microchip), Arduboy is a great way to get kids excited about programming as well as a fun way to remember the past and celebrate the retro-future.

The system, on pre-order for $39*, has a 1.3″ brilliant black & white OLED display, 6 tactile feedback pushbuttons, a 2-channel piezo electric speaker, a durable polycarbonate and aluminum construction, and a rechargeable thin-film lithium polymer battery.

* Status: 850 units shipped, Feb 24, 2016
 
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