PortaBerry Pi (Handheld Raspberry Pi Emulator)
by 3Derp, published
Presenting the PortaBerry Pi! A Raspberry Pi powered portable emulation machine. Now you can take your retro gaming anywhere you go (so long as you have a pouch to carry this little Beast :P).
The specs are as follows:
Processor: 512 Mb Raspberry Pi Model B
Display: 4.5" TFT Monitor
Battery: 9.6v NiMh Pack
Controls: Custom, running on Teensy 2.0 (Joystick, four action buttons, start/select, and two shoulder buttons)
Sound: 2 Mini 8 Ohm speakers running mono, or a stereo 3.5mm headphone jack
Operating system: RetroPie
(Please see the bill of materials under 'instructions' for a detailed list)
Here is a nice album full of detail shots. THIS album offers nice detail shots of the interior. A much larger construction album as well as a work in progress bill of materials can be found under 'instructions'. My submission here is currently a work in progress and I hope to finish the bill of material as well as offer a schematic very soon. As I stated in the instructions there was a lot of frustration involved in this project that pictures and spread sheets can't communicate. My advice would be to use what I have uploaded as inspiration for a project of your own. I hope you enjoy :)
EDIT: A video of the unit in action can be found HERE
P.S. I would like to give a nice shout out to Ben Heck. If you have a chance look him up on Youtube. His portable raspberry pi project (featured on this very SITE) was the inspiration for my project.
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For a detailed construction album see THIS album. A work in progress bill of materials can be found HERE. I will post a schematic as soon as I can.
The bill of material contains information on all the main components, it lacks only the smaller connectors and mounts as well as the hardware. I will add them asap.
All the parts should be ready to print without support. Please let e know if any of the files are acting weird.
My advice for this project would be to NOT try to replicate what I built. There are quite a few issues with my design that would take far to long to explain. My hope with this is to instead provide a good base for anyone interested in building their own portable gaming machine to work from. Learn from my mistakes and build your own personal gaming machine. It's a healthy mix of fun and frustrating and thanks to the Raspberry Pi and inexpensive TFT displays it can be done on a budget. I hope you all enjoy, I will update as often as I can with more resources. Thank you.