A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Hello Old Friend
It's time for an upgrade. A new device with a retro feel. A throwback from the future and a high-end retro emulator you're going to love.
The ultimate retro handheld gaming device presented through finest enclosure the 70's could have ever imagined in 2017! Retro style with a modern spin!
We created an exceptional device that provides a retro arcade experience like no other. Superior in quality, with clean and sleek design made from the finest hard woods and materials. You will be proud to own and use with pride.
The Retro Artcade is a one of a kind retro show piece! Each device is hand finished to the highest quality. Custom milled Aluminum and Brass parts are polished to a silky finish. The polished acrylic blackout face and rear cover are made with utmost care and the fine hard wood enclosure is milled, sanded and finished to perfection with a silk-like satin finish that is beautiful to look at and heavenly to hold in your hand.
It's not to big or heavy, the fully assembled device weighs in at 365 grams (12.8 oz) you can feel the quality and care that went into its design, without being bulky.
Only the Best features
We designed the interface to have the controls you need, without the clutter. a multi-functional set of option buttons including an "Escape", "Select", "Start" and "Power Switch" and two game buttons milled from solid Aluminum. The Directional Pad and alternate game buttons were milled from solid Brass. The appearance is remarkable.
The rear panel is minimalist too, including left and right trigger button milled from solid aluminum, a USB port for charging the device and uploading new emulator ROMs and a volume wheel to adjust the system volume. That's it, no more, no less.
There are over 150 steps that go into the creation of each Retro Artcade and to get a full appreciation of the process quality, be sure to watch how it's made over on the DIY.Engineering YouTube channel. we think you'll be surprised. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-SaA4hbhSg
Rewards with you in mind
Everyone has different needs and interests, whether you want to build your own luxury gaming system, prefer to build it yourself, or simply want the device ready-to-play, we have a reward for you!
Choose Your Reward
The DIY Kit:For the DIY Maker, this kit includes One finely crafted wood body milled from rose wood. sanded and sealed to a silk finish. One blank front and rear bezel, ready for you to create your own designed gaming masterpiece. *No additional internal parts or assemblies are provided.
The Basic DIY Kit: For the DIY Builder with your own electronics, this kit includes One finely crafted wood body milled from your selection of standard hard woods, sanded and sealed to a silk finish. One Retro ArtCade milled front and rear acrylic bezel, One Laser cut flat black vinyl Marquee. One 3D printed internal sub-assembly with threaded brass inserts, Two Game buttons milled from 360 brass and Two Game buttons milled from 6061 aluminum. Six Option buttons milled from 6061 aluminum. A Directional pad milled from 360 brass, One Game Button circuit board and One DPad circuit board ready for assembly. Plus Sixteen low profile M3 cap head screws to assemble the pieces and mount your components. Printed assembly instructions and an online assembly video. *No electronic components are included in this kit.
The Full DIY Kit: For the DIY Builder who wants all the necessary parts. This kit includes everything that the Basic Kit includes PLUS all of the electronics necessary to assemble a fully functional Retro ArtCade Handheld Arcade System!
The Standard Retro ArtCade: For the instant gamer, this Fully Assembled Retro ArtCade Handheld Arcade System is ready-to-play and only requires you to install your ROMS and Play! ROM installation Instructions are included. With this reward, you also can select your wood type from the Standard Hard Woods including Zebra, Rose or Purple Heart.
The Premium Retro ArtCade: This Reward is identical to the Standard Retro ArtCade Reward with the exception that you select your wood type from the Premium Hard Woods including Cocobolo, Bubinga or Ebony. In addition, you also get a laser engraved personalization (up to 40 characters) in the rear acrylic panel. above the "Limited Edition Retro ArtCade" tag line.
You'll love it
The parts included in each reward are of the highest quality craftsmanship and finish, We do not cut corners to increase production or sacrifice quality. You can be confident that your reward will deliver a smile to your face when you open the box!
You make the difference!
Designing and building the device in my studio was a work of passion. Your contributions to this campaign allow us to acquire specialized tools to manufacture the parts in higher quality and quantity. This Campaign needs you to be successful and bring this project to life.
Let's be social
Follow the process, engage and get updates when you want. I am available on many platforms and plan to stay. I promise to maintain good communication just as I did over the course of the Research, development and prototyping phases of the Retro ArtCade project. Follow me directly for up-to-the-minute updates each and every step of the way. Seriously, it may be too much info. ;)
In the world of emulators, There are plenty of cheap feeling devices, this is NOT one of them! We wont sacrifice quality in any aspect of this device so order with confidence and expect the best when you receive your Limited Edition Retro ArtCade Handheld.
It's unique, like you
The body of the device is made from an exotic hard wood resource. and as such, no two pieces are the same so you should expect some variation in color and pattern of the wood. Your device is one-of-a-kind, like a snowflake only made specifically for you, with care.
Making it happen!
To complete the project there are several activities that need to fall into place, below is a high-level timeline of the critical milestones through the fulfillment of the first batch of devices.
for backing this project to make it a reality.
Risks and challenges
Every project has it's challenges, the Retro ArtCade is no different. some of the challenges I have identified early on are procurement of some of the more hard to find components. specifically the Raspberry PI Zero.
To account for the fluctuation in price and availability I have buffered the price of several components to allow for worse case scenario which includes leveraging less optimal and costly suppliers should the demand or need arise. I have lined up multiple suppliers for each of the main components and will continue to seek more cost effective vendors through the campaign to ensure component availability.
In addition to electronic components, Fine Hard woods are a rare commodity and as such suppliers and vendor inventories fluctuate. To account for the availability and fluctuation of the premium hard wood materials I have identified multiple potential hard wood suppliers as well as identified alternate manufacturing strategies should we face unexpected challenges in this area of the project.
Producing a high quality product requires a close attention to detail and methodologies measuring machine and material tolerances, quality and consistency. It is a risk that I do not take lightly and am working hands on to build a validated process and supply chain which can meet the high standards of the Retro ArtCade. I expect this to be the most challenging aspect of the manufacturing process and plan to closely manage the internal scale rate to prevent any deviation in product quality as we grow capability.
Communication is top priority. I will be transparent to the backers and community to ensure all noteworthy activities are shared, ensuring no surprises through the manufacturing and fulfillment process.
You're Awesome! for backing the project and future endeavors! You'll be identified as a backer in the first run product packaging distributed with every KS Order as well you'll get a mention in the DIY Engineering vlog to share your awesomeness!!
The Basic DIY Kit includes the Un-Assembled Machined parts that make the handheld beautiful! A parts list, schematic and assembly instructions are included however you are responsible for purchasing the electronic components, assembling and configuring the final product.
The Full DIY Kit includes all the Machined parts included in the Basic DIY Kit PLUS all the electrical components of the retro Artcade. A schematic and assembly instructions are included however you are responsible for soldering, assembling and configuring the final product!
The Full Plastic DIY Kit includes all the Parts machined from black HDPE PLUS all the electrical components of the retro Artcade. A schematic and assembly instructions are included however you are responsible for soldering, assembling and configuring the final product!