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March 4, 2014 AT 6:00 am

BeagleBone Gaming Cape #beagleboneblack @TXInstruments @beagleboardorg

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Max Thrun made this incredibly cool hand-held gaming console. Check out the full tutorial here.

Older brother of the LaunchPad GamingPack, the BeagleBone GamingCape transforms your BeagleBone into a full fledged hand-held gaming console capable of playing all the classics such as NES, Gameboy, Sega GameGear, and even Doom. Just drop in 4 AAA batteries and you’ll be playing your favourite games discretely at work in no time.

PROJECT FEATURES

  • - 320×240 16Bit Color TFT LCD
  • - Analog joystick + 2 Thumb Buttons
  • - 3D Gyro, 3D Accelerometer, 3D Magnetometer
  • - Headphone Out + Mic In
  • - Supports:
    • NES
    • GameBoy
    • GameBoy Color
    • GameBoy Advance
    • Sega Master System
    • Sega Game Gear
    • Doom

The GamingCape is a conglomerate of existing, open source, BeagleBone capes all brought together in a handheld game console form factor inspired by the original Nintendo Gameboy. The four designs that I primarily leveraged are the LCD3, Audio , and Battery capes from CircuitCo and Interacto by Chris Clark.

Doing the layout was a little tricky because I had to be aware of all the areas where the case would touch the PCB. This led to some tight layouts such as the 5V power supply stuff (top layer, right below the switch). I also had to completely re-layout the 3D gyro and accelerometer components once because I had the keep-out layers disabled and didn’t realize the space I was in was going to be hit.

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