• GamepadBlock

    Arcade and Original Game Controller USB Interface

  • ControlBlock

    Power Switch, Game Controllers, and I/O for the Raspberry Pi

  • PowerBlock

    A Power Switch for the Raspberry Pi

  • The RetroPie Project

    Welcome to the RetroPie Project. This page provides information about all the pieces of the projects, the goals and should give you an understanding of what the RetroPie Project is.

Welcome!

This site is about various topics from the world of microelectronics, tinkering, software development, and other related topics. You can find our popular Raspberry Pi add-on boards ControlBlock and PowerBlock here as well as the GamepadBlock, our multi-platform USB interface for arcade and original game controllers.

This site is also the birth-place of RetroPie, the popular retro-gaming project for the Raspberry Pi. You can find articles about the original idea and articles of the first years of the project here.

Enjoy your stay on our sites!

Recent Posts

All gadgets fully compatible with Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (TM)

Hi everyone! This is a short post about the compatibility of our boards with the new Raspberry Pi model. As you probably already have heard the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ was recently released.  Compared to its predecessor it offers We checked all our gadgets – the PowerBlock, ControlBlock, and the GamepadBlock – and we are happy to tell you …

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GamepadBlock: New Firmware V1.2.0 Now Supports Amiga, C64, and Equal Joysticks

Atari-style support for GamepadBlock

The GamepadBlock is an Arcade and Original Game Controller USB Interface for your computer. It lets you connect your favourite arcade and original game controllers to your PC via USB. With the release of the GamepadBlock a few weeks ago we got asked to add support for further joystick. We are happy to announce today that we have released a new firmware that …

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GamepadBlock Updater: Updating the firmware of the GamepadBlock

GamepadBlock Firmware Update

The GamepadBlock is an Arcade and Original Game Controller USB Interface for your computer. It lets you connect your favourite arcade and original game controllers. The firmware of the GamepadBlock can be updated via USB with the tool “GamepadBlock Updater”. This tutorial describes in detail how to do a firmware update with it.

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Tutorial: Using the virtual COM port of the GamepadBlock

GamepadBlock DIP Switch for Controller Mode

This tutorial explains the virtual COM port of the GamepadBlock. It can be used, for example,  to switch the Controller Mode of the GamepadBlock. The Controller Mode itself is explained in more details and also an example for Python will be shown and  explained. The Controller Mode The controller mode determines how the GamepadBlock polls the terminal inputs. You need …

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