Tired of playing handheld games on your smartphone, Nintendo 3Ds, or PlayStation Vita? You could build your own handheld game system with a Gameduino. Or you could buy a system like the Gamebuino which comes with all the hardware you need… but which is designed to let you develop your own games.
The Gamebuino is a credit card-sized retro-style game console based on Arduino. Developer Aurélien Rodot is running a crowd-funding campaign to bring it to market. But the $4300 goal has already been met, which means that if you pledge about $49 today, the goal is to ship your Gamebuino in early July.
A Gamebuino system features an 84 x 48 pixel monochrome display with an automatic backlight, a speaker, micro SD card slot, and a 16 MHz Atmega 328 processor. It has a 240mAh battery which should be good for up to 24 hours of run time.
On the sides of the display you’ll find direction buttons and A/B buttons. There’s also a port that you can use to add extra modules to add an accelerometer or wireless capabilities. You can use the same port to connect multiple devices together for multi-player games.
It’s not the hardware that makes the Gamebuino special though. It’s the software library which is designed to help you develop your own games. It includes examples of a few games including Pong, Tetrist, and more advanced apps such as an action game called AlienKiller. But ultimately the goal is to encourage uses to create their own games.
via Open Consoles