Computer display standards organization VESA has announced a new open standard and logo certification program for PC monitors and laptop displays with variable refresh rates. Yet another new mini PC with a Rockchip RK3566 processor and Ubuntu software is available, this time with prices starting at just $89. And a new version of the Sxmo user interface for mobile Linux distributions has been released with support for device profiles, improved Bluetooth support, and other improvements.

But perhaps the coolest thing I’ve seen on the internet today? A hacker found a way to turn an $8 Fisher Price toy that looks like a game controller into a functional controller that you can actually use to play games. It’s ridiculously impractical, but kind of glorious – especially since the hacked controller still plays songs and makes weird noises as you press buttons.

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4 replies on “Lilbits: Using a Fisher Price baby toy as a real game controller and VESA’s new variable refresh rate display standards”

  1. I don’t understand Rockchips’ numbering scheme — the RK3588 is the latest and greatest; the RK3399 appears to have acceptable performance, but the RK3566 is pokey by comparison.

    1. Huh, why not? If baby wants to always touch mommy/daddy’s game controller, why not give them their own?

    2. Button-pushing is an important skill — never too early to start learning!

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