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Handheld game to interactive big screen

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This Instructable shows you how to take those old hand held games your mom gave you when you were little and make it into a large scale game that can be projected onto the tv and played by multiple players at once. This instructable will include:

*Creation of projections of the game onto a large format TV screen using mini cameras
*External buttons vs. directly on the game's circuit board using soldered wires
 
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Step 1: Deconstruction of your game....

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In this step you will need to take apart your hand held game to find out just exactly what you are dealing with. You will most likely need to do the following:

  • remove all screws from the back / front of device and separate the case from the inner circuit board
  • remove screws from the inner parts of the game, including any on the circuit board themselves
  • make sure you keep track of what part goes where...having an organizer or piece of paper with listed out parts that you can later sort out into containers such as plastic ziplocks will be helpful.

Step 2: Reconstruction and Beginning of building your TV game

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Next you will need to gather some supplies....

*Soldering iron and Lead thread (for solding wires)
*wires (for solding onto the circuit board)...These are for external buttons
*wire cutters

Step 3: Solder away...

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*First you are going to want to strip the ends off of you wires.
*Once you wires are stripped, carefully solder your wires using the lead thread to the circuit board at each side of each circuit. (each circuit has two sides that when they touch the circuit is closed and a connection is made which results in a button being pressed. Therefore it is highly important that you make sure when you solder to not connect the two sides. You may want to seek the assistance of an individual with experience in soldering if you have never attempted it)
  • It might also be helpful to label each wire as you go along so that it wont be so hard to determine which wire makes a connection with the other.
monte894066 years ago
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Maybe it's not worth doing this to a Perfection game, but I think an interesting concept was demostrated, and perhaps can be adapted to more worthwhile items like a color Gameboy
619rey6 years ago
why do u need the camera
Trebek6 years ago
Hahaha...Very cool project. Nice nails too...Hahaha :p
koconutgurl (author) 6 years ago
Thanks, for all you supporters...this SCHOOL project was not easy for being a novice at learning how wiring and circuit boards all work...its great to know that ppl out there are supportive! :)
wick_ed6 years ago
This is a great project for kids in winter. Don't knock it. Most of the people that b*tch the most have never once posted an instructable. Seems no matter where you go on the net, there they are:( kudos for the nads to post, unlike others. I like your project.
rchan9286 years ago
You get on with you're bad self Jessi! :P Oh and pls don'tA stompA your're a Lil Last Season Prada Shoe's at me....Hooooney. :P lol ~Rogerbert
TangMu6 years ago
You you have to have sparkly nails to do this instructable? Great job, everything should be on a mega scale so we can pretend were all borrowers
cool! how much does that huge roll of solder cost? just wondering, i dont want to look it up right now :-)
Megax296 years ago
wow i use to have on of those little shape maching machines when i was litle brings back memerios of a better time....
tyeo0986 years ago
how to use a webam with a tv? else was just creating new buttons... and for those of you who saw the car battery hack... LAME!!!!!!!!
do this to a gameboy :-\
Jason18206 years ago
Could you believe our devices are being featured on instructables. We famous!! lol sorta. See ya tonight.
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