Another short side post: The blog has been migrated to a new provider! This gives me the full control over every detail of the site and further enhances the possibilities for future developments of the site. I hope that all resources, links, pages, etc. are working – please tell me, if you find something that is not working!Read More »
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!
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 …Read More »
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 …Read More »
UPDATE: The RetroPie GPIO Adapter is replaced by the ControlBlock, which supports more controller types and provides even a power switch functionality. The ControlBlock is has its own page here. If you want to use your Raspberry Pi for gaming you certainly want to attach some sort of controller(s) to it. Since the Raspberry comes with two USB ports one …Read More »
It has been some weeks ago since my last post, but things regarding the Raspberry Pi and the idea of the universal console did not stand still. Actually, there has been a lot of progress in many aspects of (what I will call from now on) the “RetroPie Project“.Read More »
If you want to use original NES or SNES controllers with your Raspberry Pi, you could use SNESDev, which I have written about some weeks ago. SNESDev makes use of the user-space input module and simulates a virtual keyboard. This means that button presses on the controllers are mapped to key presses on the Raspberry. Another approach for interfacing a …Read More »
From now on, there is a wiki for the RetroPie script. Furthermore, tackling problems related to the setup script might become a little bit easier from now on.Read More »
The management, synchronization, and sharing of files, calendar information, address book data, music, and photos is widely used nowadays. It is offered by many (often freely available) cloud-based services like Dropbox, Sugarsync, Flickr, Picasa and many others. The big players like Apple, Google, and Microsoft also offer multiple of these services and people can use all of these with just …Read More »
I present: The PetRockBlock Pie. It is not yet another a Raspberry Pi case that has been specifically designed with a list of desired properties in mind. While the nice and compact design will let the case fit even into your living room as an eye-catcher, another advantage of the case is used, when you want to connect external components …Read More »
I just committed a major update for the RetroPie setup script available at Github. The corresponding blog post was also refined. A main element of the update is the possibility to install per-compiled libraries, which dramatically speeds up the whole installation of RetroArch, various cores, SNESDev, and Emulation Station. More information can be found in the post about the RetroPie …Read More »
If you want to install and setup RetroArch on the Raspberry Pi (TM) together with various emulator cores, all needed libraries for the SNESDev controller interface, and a graphical front end you can now go to https://github.com/retropie/RetroPie-Setup. There you will find an easy-to-use script that installs all essential packages for retro gaming on the Raspberry. I call it RetroPie script.Read More »
UPDATE: For connecting original controllers from game consoles or arcade machines, there is now the ControlBlock. It supported various controller types and provides even a power switch functionality. The ControlBlock is has its own page here. In a previous post, I described my idea of a universal console with the Raspberry Pi. I presented, what I called, the SNESDev-RPi, which is …Read More »
You already might have heard of the Raspberry Pi. It is a credit-card sized PC from the Raspberry Pi Foundation and is going into mass production and distribution these days. There is a huge demand for “the Pi” and the first orders are limited to one per person. A few weeks ago I got my Pi delivered and started working …Read More »
In my last post, I described a minimum configuration for an ATMEGA microcontroller, which is also used in the earlier Arduino boards, and I also explained how to program that microcontroller with an ISP. Here, I present a small all-purpose board that contains exactly that minimum configuration together with an USB-B connector. The USB connector has two purposes: First, it …Read More »
After having finished my first projects with an Arduino I started to look for ways, which would allow me to port my project to an Arduino-compatible minimum configuration board. Ideally, I wanted it to be much cheaper than a new Arduino board. In this post, I describe how to put together a working protoype on a breadboard that can easily …Read More »