Introduction: Lunchbox Arcade
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.
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