Loading

Retro Pie Box - Portable Raspberry Pi Emulation Console

by NickRBrewer, published

Retro Pie Box - Portable Raspberry Pi Emulation Console by NickRBrewer Jul 16, 2013

Description

Back in December I found a great mod where someone shoved an SNES into a pelican case. I wanted to recreate this, but using a Raspberry Pi for a portable gaming rig.

It took about 7 months of frustration, joy, anger, blood, fried boards, and tears but it is finally complete.

This wouldn't have been possible without the awesome work people have put into the Retro Pie and Emulation Station projects.

blog.petrockblock.com/retropie/

Here's a great walkthrough from Lifehacker - lifehacker.com/how-to-turn-your-raspberry-pi-into-a-retro-game-console-498561192

You can attempt to recreate my project, but I'd recommend using it as a template and make it your own. I've included the blank pieces that should fit the interior of the pelican case so you can modify it to you heart's content. I've left off the accent pieces that I printed in white. They helped hide the seams of the separate prints it took to put the faceplates together.

The entire thing is waterproof and probably weighs 3 or 4 lbs. It probably wouldn't make you super popular with airport security, but the whole thing is portable. I've got a 16gb SD card for the main operating system and a 16gb flash drive for extra storage. It can boot into Raspbian and features wifi so you can ftp into it if wanted. Unfortunately there is no way to externally power the system while you are using it, but they are beefy lipo batteries that should hold out for several hours.

***I was able to get about 7 hours while plugged into an external HDMI TV with the internal screen powered off. If you were to play it using the internal screen, it would most likely last for 3ish hours.***

I'll post as many of the parts as I can find, but good luck and godspeed!

Recent Comments

view all

Can you explain the connection of the inner parts? E. g. how you wired up the battery. Furthermore, are you using a speaker for sound output?

I've added two additional photos of the inside. I still might play with the battery system a bit, but for now, this is what's going on inside.

I'm doing a little bit of additional work on it, so I'll try to get a good one tonight. This also reminded me of a part I forgot to add to the derivatives, to keep it from sliding around, I just used the bottom part of - http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... - and used velcro on the printed piece and the pelican interior.

I tried to keep from modifying the pelican case as much as possible. I didn't drill any holes or anything, so when closed, it is actually still waterproof.

More from Electronics

view more

Liked By

view all

Give a Shout Out

If you print this Thing and display it in public proudly give attribution by printing and displaying this tag. Print Thing Tag

Comments

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Kampfpudding on Jan 28, 2014 said:

Can you explain the connection of the inner parts? E. g. how you wired up the battery. Furthermore, are you using a speaker for sound output?

hhs99 on Jul 18, 2013 said:

is there a way we can get a picture of the underneath? How do you keep the board from sliding around?

NickRBrewer on Jul 19, 2013 said:

I've added two additional photos of the inside. I still might play with the battery system a bit, but for now, this is what's going on inside.

NickRBrewer on Jul 18, 2013 said:

I'm doing a little bit of additional work on it, so I'll try to get a good one tonight. This also reminded me of a part I forgot to add to the derivatives, to keep it from sliding around, I just used the bottom part of - http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... - and used velcro on the printed piece and the pelican interior.

I tried to keep from modifying the pelican case as much as possible. I didn't drill any holes or anything, so when closed, it is actually still waterproof.

Top