We love them, we game with them, and they stand as one of the greatest mobile consoles off all time. But you still can't play them in the dark. In this project I fix one of the Gameboy colour's most annoying flaws without the use of the unreliable, damaging and invasive frontlight mod and with the help of our favorite gelatinous silicone based putty, SUGRU.
Step 1: Prototyping
To begin this project I needed to get a feel about the height, angle and intensity of light I would be using to light the Gameboy. i gathered all the components i would need to construct a basic On/Off circuit with an LED light source.
-set of crocodile grippers
-3v cell battery
-3 lengths of wire
-high lumen LED
Step 2: Circuit assembly
I began by stripping the coating off the ends of the wires. i took the red wire that was in two lengths and soldered them accordingly to the switch. One end of the red wire was then soldered to and arm of the LED followed by the black wire. Both remaining ends of the black and red wire were soldered to the 3v cell and secured with electrical tape.
Step 3: Grip prototyping
The grip that would hold the light in place needed to hold securely without damaging the screen cover, Which is why I chose SUGRU.
The light was first given a spine made out of brass modeling wire to give it strength. I covered the gameboy in cling film, to prevent the SUGRU from adhering, before I used red SUGRU to form the grip. I made sure to press it in firmly to capture the contours of the Gameboy. Once the grip was shaped I set the Gameboy aside and allowed the SUGRU to set.
Step 4: Finished grip prototype
Once set I was able to get hands on with the prototype and test its effectiveness at illuminating the Gameboy screen