Raspberry Pi Portable Gaming Console
element14 and Benjamin J. Heckendorn, aka Ben Heck, get creative in the latest episodes of The Ben Heck Show as he builds a fully functioning portable gaming console using the acclaimed Raspberry Pi Model B Board. Ben’s latest project will be featured in a two-part series, which launched today exclusively on the element14 Community.##IM
Ben uses recycled parts and a Raspberry Pi board to wire together an old USB joystick, battery, LCD screen and 5-volt power supply switch. Ben is transforming the Raspberry Pi into a new kind of handheld gaming system, which was first debuted at Maker Faire.
The build is just one example of the single-board computer’s many capabilities. The Raspberry Pi has been used to capture images from space, power robots, control home devices and teach children to program, a goal set by the original creators of the board.
Additionally, the gaming console will be given away in a contest hosted by element14. Fans of the show, developers and future engineers are invited to join the competition online at http://www.element14.com/tbhs for a chance to win the Raspberry Pi build featured on the show. A dedicated Raspberry Pi discussion page is available to access helpful information, design tools and tutorials to create and program with the mini-computer.