This is my portable Rasperry Pi arcade.

Step 1: The Lunchbox I Wish I Had in School!

So I have read a lot of posts about unusual and portable arcade machines and wanted to make one that was compact and functional. I also wanted to make something that the "middle school me" would have wanted. This is actualyl the second version of this arcade. At first I used a 4.5" rear-view camera as a screen, but this took up too much space when the lid was collapsed, so I upgraded to a 7" lcd. The smaller screen was fun, but not practical for frequent play. I also upgraded to a small power strip with usb ports instead of running individual power cables for the screen and pi out of the lunch box. I also added a small plug and play speaker instead of using my headphones or running an audio cable out to an ipod dock.

I still would like to make a more "finished" looking product and include a power cable port in the back or side so I don't have to hang that chord over the side. I am also not entirely sure how well the ribbon cable from the lcd screen will hold up to the wear of being opened and closed.

I hope that someone uses this a jump off to something even better.

Step 2:

I am happy to try and answer any questions about materials, but can offer little to no support about programming the pi. I had a friend graciously take the lead on that. Big shout out to Stank Nana for enduring my lack of knowledge. Thanks

very neat! if you still have the stuff from the backup monitor, they usually have a nice round power input that can be cut loose and used as your power input. all you have to do is take a usb to micro usb wire, cut it in half, plug the micro usb into the Pi(or wherever you power is coming from), and solder the usb end into th e male end of the screen power cord. If it didn't have a power cord the same could be done with the composite video input port.

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