A Raspberry Pi Zero Portable Console

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Picolator is a portable console that uses the Raspberry Pi Zero as the emulator for the fantasy console Pico8.

A Pico-8 console using a RaspberryPi Zero, PiTFT, LM386 audio board, and a Teensy 3.2.

  • Link To Picolator's Github

    Qasim Dove07/13/2019 at 23:31 0 comments

    Hey everyone,

    I've attached the Picolator's Github link to this project. You can go check it out. However, I forgot to add the LM386 circuit's board file. I'll be uploading that with an additional parts list as well very soon.

  • Dragging My Feet

    Qasim Dove07/12/2019 at 16:15 0 comments

    Sorry to everyone whose been following this project. I know I promised to post the parts during winter break two years ago, but I've been a bit busy and totally forgot about it. My bad.

    Expect a parts list next week, and instructions in another week or so.


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Ronan wrote 07/12/2019 at 21:01 point

great, looking forward to it. I have been looking at various solution and I am thinking to make my own but need inspiration :)

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Qasim Dove wrote 07/13/2019 at 12:31 point

No problem.

A "Raspberry Pi Zero W" with the "Adafruit Feather 32u4 Bluefruit LE" should do the trick when it comes to controls. Connecting the two devices via bluetooth and using the Feather as a keyboard should do the trick.

The Feather is programmable through the Arduino IDE.

Good luck! Ping me if you need any help with it!

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Ronan wrote 07/13/2019 at 15:27 point

Nice, the feather you mentioned looks great, can it power the pi zero too ? Can  I just plug the correct power pin to the pi and the feather take care of the battery ?

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Qasim Dove wrote 07/13/2019 at 22:52 point

From what I can recall, the current coming from the Pi can't power the Feather because the current is too low (the GPIO pins are at max 16mA and the Feather needs 500mA). What I did instead was connect the LiPo battery directly to the Powerboost 1000C and connect the Feather's "3V" input pin to the "BAT" pin on the Powerboost. I connected the "5V" output pin on the Powerboost to the one on the Pi. 

You can find the Powerboost I used here:

And you can find the graphic that helped me figure out how to hook up the Powerboost here (ignore the black circuit that the battery is connecting to):

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Ronan wrote 07/10/2019 at 11:20 point

Hey, just wondering if you have any update ?

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Qasim Dove wrote 07/12/2019 at 16:10 point

Oh my bad. I forgot I even put this up on Hackaday. (lol)

So the thing is, ever since the Raspberry Pi Zero W was released (like two years ago) I've had to dismantle and rebuild the console with entirely new instructions and new CAD models. I just haven't had the time until about a month or so ago.

I plan to update these instructions in about a week with the full list of parts and necessary tools.

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