On some of these builds the tolerances are so tight and space is at such a premium that the standard amount that a #USB extender or a flash drive sticks out is too great. In those cases the only recourse left is to solder straight to the pins in the connector itself… pic is of a USB3 flash drive with the housing removed with its pins directly soldered to the pins in the connector.
Long post incoming…So about 8 years ago I got it into my head to make a portable #Microsoft #Windows PC to play games on. At first I tried using full mini-itx boards with half height graphics cards, and while it ran, it weighed 5lbs and ran for about 15mins on batteries. Over the years I’ve revisited the project, I’ll buy some hardware, but I can never get the runtime or the weight or the capacity I’m looking for. When the #psvita came out I had hoped that it would fill this niche but it never really did. About a month ago a friend of mine sent me that concept image of a modern #gameboy that Florian Renner produced and it made me want to revive the old project. A month later this is a working prototype for a handheld #steammachine based on his design. Version 2 should be thinner and have better feeling controls but this is the closest I’ve come to making the device I wanted to make almost a decade ago. #retrogamer#retrocollective
So I got as done as I’m going to get for today. As anticipated I’m running on no sleep. Not sure if I finished the portable I was working on last night/this morning as I had just enough time to wire everything up and let my terrible paint job dry enough to be holdable…LIPOs didn’t come in this week so we’ll see if turns on once it’s plugged in. If any of you are coming to #Makerfaire today be sure to say hi 🙂
So…#makerfaire is tomorrow and….still working on this. I know someone who might not sleep tonight
Button test board for a custom #hitbox I’m helping a buddy with
Convinced myself to do #makerfaire again this year. The realization that I only have 2.5 months to prepare has begun to sink in…. 😰 looking forward to seeing some of you there!
Printed a quick test case via @shapeways just to see how the buttons and ports lined up…going to have to make some changes and hopefully cut 3/16 on the overall depth but mostly pleased as to how stuff is lining up…