Thought I would share a recent project I started working on. I had a broken game gear lying around and realized it would be perfect for a handheld raspberry pi. So far I have started gutting the console and filling in the holes with plastic filler. I have a 4.3″ car LCD that will be going in it. Last night I was able configure it to run off of 5v (instead of the 12v that it comes set up for). There will also be several buttons added from cheap USB controller and push pin buttons, these will be hooked up to the GPIO pins and then coded to simulate keyboard key presses. Originally I was going to put a model A board in there but after the Raspberry model 2 was released I ordered on and will end up using that once it arrives.
Things left to do:
-Finish cutting out holes for / adding all of the buttons
-Finish filling and sanding, then paint
-Wire up the buttons and LCD to 26 pin header I made from some pins and proto board
-Wire in Audio amp (with volume control) and some speakers. Along with headphone jack.
-Add rechargable battery to power the Pi and screen. Using this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/380777493751?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
-Wire up power switch, going to use a STDP switch, On & Off/Charge.
-Add external USB port
-Add charge port
-Install Raspberry Pi and software
Anyways here are some pictures of the work so far. Note that the screen images are from it hooked up to my n64, not actually using a raspberry pi yet.
Thought I would share a picture of the progress I made last night. Finished adding buttons to the front of the shell. The goal for this weekend is to get the front finished and painted, then wire up all the buttons and screen. The D-Pad on the bottom right is more for C style buttons on N64 than directional buttons.
Starting to get all of the buttons all wired up along with installing the screen. Not really happy with how the paint turned out but already sanded it down again once, Decided to just go with a texture type theme instead. Should have more pictures tomorrow.