Raspberry Pi Emulator Console for the Backseat

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    I will also add that in hind sight I should have used some cardboard to mock up the display and give myself a template to cut. Cutting the display and then trial and error sanding was tedious and invited errors like the one corner that got turned into a cord passthrough. I could have really screwed it up there.

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    ColinP39

    Question 6 months ago

    I'm new to the app/website, how does one build it? And what level. How expensive?

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    ColinP39

    6 months ago

    How do you make this? I am pretty new on this website.

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    muhammajunaid

    3 years ago

    Hi, With the total cost as much as $200, why not just use a tablet , having android as the OS it will give a wide variety of games and along with bing cheaper it will let you run many other apps for elders as well?

    hey, two questions:

    1.Where does your audio come from/goto?

    2.Why not use a ps3 controller instead for wireless/wireless controller in general?

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    Good questions, The audio is a little 3W stereo amplifier. Running to two little speakers I salvaged from a laptop. And this leads to the second question.

    My son is 5, I wanted to make it as simple as possible for him while still fitting into a single pelican box. The SNES controller meets two needs. 1 It has to be simple for a 5 yr old to operate with small hands and none of the games on the PI B+ Ver1 require any analog input. 2 the SNES controller is just the right size to fit between the monitor and the lid with the cable bundled next to the controller.

    Now on the Pi 2 that I use I use for the Living room emulator console has xbox 360 controllers. But that one will run N64 and PS1 games too.

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    sonicalec

    3 years ago

    Yes raspberry Pi b+

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    Unfortunately the Raspberry Pi does not have the OOOMPH to emulate the 360 however The display does have an HDMI input so in theory you could embed it into a 360 case or Embed the display into a pelican case or the headrest to play the 360 whilst riding in the back seat.

    as far as the Pi think 16 bit and some 32 bit gaming N64 is right out.

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    Not yet. The Pi B+ just does not have the horesepower. Now the Pi 2 that was just released can run PS1 and N64 at full speed. But that is the state of emulation on the Raspberry Pi at this point.

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    12Samzo34

    3 years ago

    Hello!!
    Just to say, I'm a teenager so don't kill me!
    I'm just writing to ask, how do you power the screen?? Is it wired to the Pi?? Or is it wired independently to its own battery??
    Thank you who ever is knowledgeable in this subject (or who can read!) and who answers this. Thanks again,
    Sam

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    Howdy Sam.

    No worries, I expected there to be some questions especially when I showed both ways I powered. The display I used was designed to be powered via 5v through a USB connection. The Pi, Display, and Audio amp all require 5v. So I brought them all to the 5v side of my DC-DC buck converter (in step 8) If it were a 12v display you could splice it in on the 12v side of the the power circuit with similar results.

    With an external 12v hobby lipo going to a barrel connector I am also able to run the system via a AC adapter. I hope this is making sence to ya if not feel free to ask more questions and I will help all that I can.

    Thanks Lenny, It would be nice as I have been lusting after a 3D printer but if not it is cool I only entered the contests to win other stuff to make more stuff. I don't take anything out of the family budget for my tinkering and only allow myself $25 a week for fun money. That is the reason I tend to use lots of recycled and re-purposed components.

    If I don't win no biggie. Ill just have to go like Johnny Cash and get a 3D printer one piece at a time. However even the runner up prize is a Tablet that I can use for my classwork. So I am happy even making it to the finals. :D

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    OK Yet another note. Had it been available I would have used this display. https://www.adafruit.com/products/2232 For $5 more it has everthing going the right way and mounting tabs too so you can avoid the hot glue. Man That is a purty display.

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    OK Yet another note. Had it been available I would have used this display. https://www.adafruit.com/products/2232 For $5 more it has everthing going the right way and mounting tabs too so you can avoid the hot glue. Man That is a purty display.