Lilbits: Chip shortage, Pebble smartwatch afterlife, and mining Bitcoin with a Game Boy

The global chip shortage is leading to product delays and price increases for a wide range of products including automobiles, game consoles, and single board computers. And it could continue through much of 2021, and possibly into next year or beyond. There are a number of factors contributing to the shortage – rising demand for […]

Lilbits: New tricks for old gadgets (Twitter for PalmOS, videos for Game Boys)

Mobile devices have come a long way in the past two decades. There are billions of smartphones in the world that people use to keep in touch, watch cat videos, and argue on social media. They’re basically pocket-sized computers. And while we had pocket-sized computers twenty years ago, they were much slower and much more […]

Play Game Boy cartridges on your TV with RetroN Sq (up for pre-order now, ships in March)

The RetroN Sq started as a joke. In 2017 gaming accessory maker Hyperkin tweeted a drawing of a device that would let you play games from Game Boy cartridges on a TV. But that tweet came out ahead of April Fools’ Day and the company initially had no plans to release a real product with […]

HyperKin’s RetroN Jr brings Game Boy to the big screen (cartridges and all)

Over the last few years we’ve seen surge in “retro consoles” designed to let you play classic games using modern hardware. There are official systems like the NES Classic, PlayStation Classic, and Genesis Mini. And there are unofficial systems like the Super Retro Champ, which lets you play SNES and Sega Genesis games on a […]

Wanle iPhone case puts a game console on the back of your phone (Looks like a Game Boy, doesn’t play Game Boy games)

Want to play some classic games on your smartphone? Just fire up an emulator and your $1000 phone can run some decades-old, grayscale Game Boy games. But if you miss the physical buttons, greyscale (or greenscale) display, and distraction-free environment of the original Game Boy, the Wanle Gamers Console for iPhone is something a little… […]

PocketSprite is a Game Boy clone smaller than a business card (crowdfunding)

Want to play Game Boy games on the go? There are plenty of emulators you can install on your smartphone. But what if you want to play on a tiny device with physical buttons, a ridiculously small screen, and a body small enough to comfortably clip to your keychain? That’s what the PocketSprite is for… […]