I would like to show you my retropie project. It’s a game cabinet with some shape of spacecraft.
It’s designed to place under an ikea bed.
Although I began it one year ago, it really took me about 6 month of work. I have got 2 children and, you know, the
free time I have for these kind of projects is really limited.
The objetives of this project are, besides of have a funy play time, teach my two young children some simple concepts:
* basic on/off concept for switches
* voltage messurement
* complexity and time needed for this type of projects ( you can see the rear face of the frame )
* history and evolution of videogames
but, mainly because it has been really funny for me to make this 😉
Its brain is a rpi B model.The screen is an old lcd monitor.
It has some buttons to control the lights, the power suplies, the computer and the screeen.
There is a temperature sensor that run an alarm in case the machine reach a temperature.
It has several voltmeters that show how the power supplies are working and a clock to avoid large playing sessions 😉
You can see the pictures of whole process in my goolge+ account
At the moment the only way to shutdown the raspberry is with the emulationstation menu. I mean, with joystick and game buttons you select the option menu in the emulationstation to shutdown the system. There are also a button that turn off the current only to raspberry pi, but it is a little wild ;-). I think it could be a good idea to do a hardware button through the GPIO port to force a soft shutdown of the system. It could be useful for example when a game hang or is missconfigured and you can’t return to emultationstation menu. I’ll post it if I added this improvement. I hope it don’t become my children’s favourite button! 😉