Category Archives: Hardware

Make a JAMMA board from a Raspberry Pi

Interesting thread over on AussieArcade by a user by the name dee2er who has taken a Raspberry Pi and turned it into a working JAMMA board. JAMMA, which stands for Japan Arcade Machine Manufacturers Association, is the type of connector that became a standard in the mid 1980’s, which allowed arcade cabinets to be simply upgraded by installing a new JAMMA board.

What has been done is to turn a Raspberry Pi into a board that can be connected to the JAMMA connector on an existing cabinet, and therefore allow it to run the games on the Raspberry Pi.

The thread was started some time ago but the the development has continued with the latest update recently shared.

For more information visit the Aussie Arcade forum thread at – http://www.aussiearcade.com/showthread.php/67986-JAMMA-board-from-Raspberry-PI

and here’s a video of the Pi JAMMA board in action

7 more USB ports for the Raspberry Pi

Worried you were running out of USB ports. Just plug this add-on board into your Raspberry Pi (all versions supported) and you’ll gain an extra 7 USB ports.

Another interesting release from UUGear, this board is designed to mount underneath the Raspberry Pi, and is the same footprint as well (except for the Pi Zero).

For more information, head over to the UUGear website at – http://www.uugear.com/product/7-port-usb-hub-for-raspberry-pi/

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A Pi of a different flavour

Even the Raspberry Pi has been copied. This one out of China is the Orange Pi and from the website it says it is compatible with Raspberry Pi software and distributions.

From the pictures it certainly resembles a Raspberry Pi, but the top model, the Orange Pi 2 Plus sports a Quad core ARM Cortex A7 1.6 GHz processor and 2GB of onboard RAM. It also includes a Gigabit network adapter, onboard Wifi and a handy on / off switch.

Several models of the Orange Pi are available and seem to replicate what’s on offer from the Raspberry Pi organisation.

For more information checkout the Orange Pi website at – http://www.orangepi.org/

And here’s the Orange Pi from a top and bottom view

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Bluetooth SNES Gamepad from X-Arcade

X-Arcade comes to the fray with another Bluetooth NES styled gamepad. This time is is more of the classic style NES controller. Again – there’s no mention of Raspberry Pi support but being Bluetooth there shouldn’t be any issues with connection and use.

Inside is a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery which has been claimed to give you 20 hours gaming.

For more information please head over to the X-Arcade website at – http://shop.xgaming.com/products/snes-wireless-gamepad-for-pc-mac-ios-android

and here’s the gamepad in question

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4 USB Ports for your Pi Zero

Need more connectivity for your Raspberry Pi Zero – then look into getting one of these. It’s the Zero4U 4-Port USB hub from UUGear.

Connection to the Pi Zero is easy as it has 4 pogo pins on the back which allow it to connect to the testing pads on the Pi Zero. That means no soldering necessary.

For more information please checkout the UUGear website at http://www.uugear.com/product/zero4u/

You can also watch this YouTube review of the product here

Overclocking your SD Card on the Raspberry Pi 3

Yes – you read that correctly. In a recently published article apparently there is a way to overclock the SD Card reader on your Raspberry Pi 3 to increase performance. According to the articles author, after testing several different branded SD Cards he saw a 25-50% increase in performance.

Must say the SD Card does sometimes feel like a bottleneck so this article sparks quite a bit of interest.

For more information, please read the original article here –  http://www.jeffgeerling.com/blog/2016/how-overclock-microsd-card-reader-on-raspberry-pi-3

New sections added – 3D Printable Cases and Home Projects

We’ve added some new sections to the RaspberryRetro website.

We now have a section for 3D Printed cases – where you can view personal projects by people who have created games consoles (including portables) from 3D printed cases. You can view these here – http://raspberryretro.com/hardware/3d-printable-case-projects/

We have also created a new section dedicated to peoples projects – like home made cabinets and control boxes. These can be viewed here – http://raspberryretro.com/hardware/home-made-projects/

Hope you find the reading enjoyable.

Pixel Vision still available for preorder

If money really isn’t a problem for you and retro gaming is your thing then the Pixel Vision could be your ‘Must Have’ item.

Priced at 429 euros, it started life as a Kickstarter campaign and was fully funded and now backers should start receiving their Pixel Visions in April 2016.

Based around a Raspberry Pi model B, it is a hand crafted wooden clamshell box with a 3.5 inch display, 2 buttons  with a 200mAh battery and runs a slightly modified version of the RetroArch emulator.

For more information please checkout the Pixel Vision website at – http://www.lovehulten.com/buypixelvision.html

And here’s a youtube video of the Pixel Vision.

Wifi and Bluetooth may be coming to the Pi Zero

RedBear has started a new Kickstarter campaign to get funding for his latest project. This time it’s an add-on board for the Pi Zero which will give it Wifi 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.1 (Dual Mode) connectivity.

The add-on board itself is physically the same size as the Pi Zero so once connected won’t take up any more room than just a Pi Zero. It can also be used with any other Raspberry Pi model with connection through the GPIO connector.

The Kickstarter campaign has already reached and surpassed its funding goal so it all looks promising

You can checkout the Kickstarter page here –  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1991736672/iot-hat-for-raspberry-pi-a-must-have-for-pi-zero?ref=video

And here’s a pic of the add-on board in question.

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3D printable cases for the Raspberry Pi

Interesting webpage found showing 20 3D printable gaming cases for the Raspberry Pi, with links to the 3D Print files.

The first one listed is the PiGRRL which we already have a write-up about here.

Some of the cases you may have seen before but some are quite new. They range from mini arcade cabinets through to handheld consoles and even some older console replicas such as the PSX and Gamecube.

Kinda makes you want to go out and get a 3D printer.

You can view the webpage here – https://all3dp.com/retro-game-cases-for-raspberry-pi/