Raspberry Pi 3 + Gameboy Pocket

About 6 months ago, I stumbled onto the Ben Heck Show and binge-watched several episodes before deciding to try some hardware modding myself. Here’s my first project: The “PiSP Pocket”! I.e. a raspberry pi crammed into a gameboy pocket. The Pi-inside-a-GBP isn’t an original idea but I think the dual analog sticks is unique, at least in terms of execution. I was inspired by this photoshopped image: https://www.element14.com/community/external-link.jspa?url=http%3A%2F%2Fps3maven.walyou.netdna-cdn.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2009%2F04%2Fpsp-mods-1.jpg

The specs:

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
RetroPie 3.6
2.2″ SPI TFT display
32 GB microSD storage
3000 mAh battery with Powerboost 1000c (about 3-4 hours of battery life)
Battery status indicator circuit
1 regular USB port, 2 micro USB ports (one for charging)
Original GBP power switch, D-pad, start, select, A & B buttons with additional L1, L2, R1, R2, X, Y buttons sourced from a TV remote (all interfaced via Teensy 2.0)
2 PSP analog sticks
2 mono speakers (no output from headphone jack unfortunately)

The rpi3 plays N64 perfectly, Dreamcast mostly perfect, and PSP surprisingly playable. I’m quite impressed with the performance compared to the rpi2. It’s been fun playing these systems on the nostalgic GBP form-factor. Though my adult hands get a skosh achy after a couple hours of playing ha.

See here for some high-resolution photos: https://goo.gl/photos/hTNPYnfhcNoie1tu5

Huge thanks to Xodus Tech for his in-depth log: http://www.xodustech.com/projects/raspberry-pi-gameboy-pocket

Thanks for watching!

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