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Looking for no frills multi system emulator that fits in your pocket? Look no further! This is it, Game Boy Zero - Handheld Edition!!!
115 backers pledged CA$ 13,712 to help bring this project to life.
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What is a prototype?

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.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

 

 Introducing

Game Boy Zero - Handheld Edition

Raspberry Pi Zero based arcade in you pocket

Features:

  • 2.8" TFT LCD
  • Gameboy button layout interface
  • Raspberry Pi Zero
  • Battery Charger
  • Shoulder / Trigger buttons
  • 60 frames per second display

Early Prototypes:

An early prototype running Emulation Station
An early prototype running Emulation Station

The video below shows an early prototype running Emulation Station at 60 frames per second. Not half bad for a small LCD (2.2" display in video)

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Layout

After a few iterations, designs and layouts, we settled on a more familiar Gameboy layout, resulting in a work of art!

 

Silkscreens

 

Top Silk (Composite on Board)
Top Silk (Composite on Board)

 

Bottom Silk (Composite on Board)
Bottom Silk (Composite on Board)

 

Costs

The funding goal is relatively low and is simply to cover manufacturing costs!

Give us a hand (or handheld) in realizing this project and bringing it to a wider audience!

Thanks for reading, we look forward to you participation.

And...

The project is entirely open source. Feel free to visit our public GitHub repository.

 

Risks and challenges

One of the challenges is the customization of a distributable Raspberry Pi Zero image that includes the right customization for the hardware.

Rest assured, we are working diligently to make the install onto an SD Card as frictionless as possible

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    The Half Plastic Sponsor

    This is it. The case you have been waiting for.

    It's a layered plexi case, which means you will receive two (2) pieces, these two pieces make up the top protective case.

    2 layers for the top including screen protector

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    Participation Sponsor

    Get yourself a DIY PCB

    This is a blank unpopulated PCB that you can practice your soldering chops at.

    Included
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    PCB Color
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    The Full Plastic Sponsor

    This is it. The case you have been waiting for.

    It's a layered plexi case, which means you will receive five (5) pieces, these five pieces make up the entire protective case.

    2 layers for the top including screen protector
    3 layers for the bottom including battery holder

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    Bronze Sponsor

    A semi populated PCB

    Included

    - Resistors
    - LED
    - Power Switch
    - Battery Connection
    - Direction Buttons and Caps
    - Face Buttons and Caps
    - Shoulder Buttons and Caps

    NOT Included
    - Battery
    - Raspberry Pi Zero
    - TP4056 Charging Module
    - 2.8" TFT LCD
    - SD Card (4/8GB)

    PCB Color
    - Red

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    Silver Sponsor

    A semi/full populated PCB

    Included

    - Resistors
    - LED
    - Power Switch
    - Battery Connection
    - Direction Buttons and Caps
    - Face Buttons and Caps
    - Shoulder Buttons and Caps
    - TP4056 Charging Module

    NOT Included
    - Battery
    - Raspberry Pi Zero
    - 2.8" TFT LCD
    - SD Card (4/8GB)

    PCB Color
    - Blue

    Includes:
    • PCB
    • Passive Components
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    Gold Sponsor

    A full populated PCB

    Included

    - Resistors
    - LED
    - Power Switch
    - Battery Connection
    - Direction Buttons and Caps
    - Face Buttons and Caps
    - Shoulder Buttons and Caps
    - TP4056 Charging Module
    - 2.8" TFT LCD

    NOT Included
    - Raspberry Pi Zero
    - SD Card (4/8GB)
    - Battery

    PCB Color
    - Black

    Includes:
    • PCB
    • Passive Components
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    Two populated PCB

    Included

    - Resistors
    - LED
    - Power Switch
    - Battery Connection
    - Direction Buttons and Caps
    - Face Buttons and Caps
    - Shoulder Buttons and Caps
    - TP4056 Charging Module
    - 2.8" TFT LCD
    - Raspberry Pi Zero
    - SD Card (4/8GB)

    NOT Included
    - Battery

    PCB Color
    - White

    Includes:
    • PCB
    • Passive Components
    • TP4056 Charging Module
    • 2.8" TFT LCD
    • White Color
    • Raspberry Pi Zero W
    • SD Card
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    You get a short run of a fully assembled board with your name (or text) on the PCB silkscreen

    - Resistors
    - LED
    - Power Switch
    - Battery Connection
    - Direction Buttons and Caps
    - Face Buttons and Caps
    - Shoulder Buttons and Caps
    - TP4056 Charging Module
    - 2.8" TFT LCD
    - Raspberry Pi Zero
    - SD Card (4/8GB)

    NOT Included
    - Battery

    PCB Color
    - Gold / Yellow / Copper

    Includes:
    • PCB
    • Passive Components
    • TP4056 Charging Module
    • 2.8" TFT LCD
    • Gold Color
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    The Ultimate Sponsor

    You get a short run of a fully assembled board with your name (or text) on the PCB silkscreen.

    Here's the 'kicker'.

    You will get one (1) fully assembled Gameboy Pocket - Handheld Edition of every color PCB

    In addition, you will get nine (9) copies of each color unpopulated bare PCB with your name (or text) on the PCB silkscreen... ...that just means you can give out blanks to your friends just in time for the festive season

    - Resistors
    - LED
    - Power Switch
    - Battery Connection
    - Direction Buttons and Caps
    - Face Buttons and Caps
    - Shoulder Buttons and Caps
    - TP4056 Charging Module
    - 2.8" TFT LCD
    - Raspberry Pi Zero
    - SD Card (4/8GB)

    NOT Included
    - Battery

    PCB Color
    - ALL 6 COLORS!!!

    Includes:
    • PCB
    • Passive Components
    • TP4056 Charging Module
    • 2.8" TFT LCD
    • Green Color
    • Red Color
    • Blue Color
    • Black Color
    • Gold Color
    • Purple Color
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    Just in time for the festive season. Get your rush on now with a custom festive silkscreen... ...we'll show it soon

    - Resistors
    - LED
    - Power Switch
    - Battery Connection
    - Direction Buttons and Caps
    - Face Buttons and Caps
    - Shoulder Buttons and Caps
    - TP4056 Charging Module
    - 2.8" TFT LCD
    - Raspberry Pi Zero
    - SD Card (4/8GB)

    NOT Included
    - Battery

    PCB Color
    - Gold / Yellow / Copper

    Includes:
    • PCB
    • Passive Components
    • TP4056 Charging Module
    • 2.8" TFT LCD
    • Red Color
    • Festive Silkscreen
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    Platinum Sponsor

    You get 3 x Gold Sponsor
    That's right, 3 Gold Sponsor packages

    A full populated PCB

    Included

    - Resistors
    - LED
    - Power Switch
    - Battery Connection
    - Direction Buttons and Caps
    - Face Buttons and Caps
    - Shoulder Buttons and Caps
    - TP4056 Charging Module
    - 2.8" TFT LCD
    - Raspberry Pi Zero
    - SD Card (4/8GB)

    NOT Included
    - Battery

    PCB Color
    - Black

    Includes:
    • PCB
    • Passive Components
    • TP4056 Charging Module
    • 2.8" TFT LCD
    • Black Color
    • Raspberry Pi Zero W
    • SD Card
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