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PowerBlock: A Power Switch for the Raspberry Pi

The PowerBlock is an add-on board for the Raspberry Pi (version 1, 2, and 3) models A+ and B+. It provides a microcontroller-based power-switch functionality. This article describes the PowerBlock itself, as well as how to connect a power switch and how to install the driver.

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

First: What is a simple solution for turning the Raspberry Pi on and off with a power switch in a smarter way than cutting the power supply and risk data loss? Second: What is a simple way for connecting arbitrary arcade controllers to the RPi? In the following we present the ControlBlock, a Raspberry Pi (TM) Add-On that solves both problems.

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Review: T962A Reflow Oven Controller Upgrade Package

A while ago I posted a review about the reflow-flow oven T-962A. As written in that post the T-962A has certain flaws: The heat is generated by IR heaters that do not distribute the heat evenly within the oven. This made the results of the soldering processes unreliable. Also, the responsiveness of the user-interface is not that good: Tuning the reflow …

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A Glance at the Cubox-i4

Recently, I got a grip to a Cubox-i4Pro. It is a mini computer with low power demand and quite a few interfaces that can be useful for all kinds of things. Also, it has enough computing power to be interesting for a wide variety of applications. In contrast to other development boards like the Raspberry Pi, the Cuboxi comes in …

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Xarcade2Jstick – Map your Xarcade Tankstick to Game Pads and use it with RetroPie

The Xarcade Tankstick is a nicely designed and very robustly constructed arcade game controller. It offers buttons and joysticks for two players together with start and coin buttons, an arcade trackball, and dedicated pinball buttons. Being asked, if RetroPie could have in-built support for the Xarcade Tankstick I started to dig into this controller which, in the end, lead to …

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Reflow Oven T-962A – A Review

If you are tinkering, doing electronics, and/or soldering you might already have had contact with surface-mounted devices or, in short, “SMDs”. Of course, soldering some of these tiny parts by hand is possible. But there are really tiny SMD parts as well as packages that cannot be soldered by hand. In that situation, you can think about getting a reflow …

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Getting Started with the RetroPie GPIO Adapter

This is a guide that describes how to get started with the RetroPie GPIO Adapter. It is organized as a step-by-step guide: Starting with the sole components and the PCB the hardware assembly is described in the first part. The second part then guides you though the software topics by describing how to test the button and how to enable …

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Update for the OwncloudPie script

I just commited an update for the OwncloudPie script. The server URL is now dynamically obtained from the configuration files and can be changed from within the script for an existing Owncloud installation now. Furthermore, it is now possible to download the latest version of the OwncloudPie script with the script itself. If you have any comments or suggestions, tell …

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Video of RetroPie GPIO Adapter

I have uploaded a short demonstration video that shows the RetroPie GPIO Adapter in action: The video shows the RetroPie GPIO adapter connected with two SNES controllers within a PetRockBlock PIE case. The current Raspbian distribution is running in the video with a RetroPie Setup Script installation. The controllers are polled by the gamecon GPIO module that can be installed …

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