Benjamin J. Heckendorn, aka Ben Heck gets creative in the latest episodes of The Ben Heck Show as he builds a fully functioning portable gaming console using the popular Raspberry Pi Model B board.
Ben’s latest project will be featured in a two-part series, which has been launched exclusively on the element14 Community.
Ben’s project will give viewers a look at how accessible the Raspberry Pi mini-computer makes programming and developing for professional and aspiring electronic engineers of all skill levels.
Ben used recycled parts and a Raspberry Pi board to wire together an old USB joystick, battery, LCD screen and 5-volt power supply switch. Ben is transforming the Raspberry Pi into a new kind of handheld gaming system, which was first debuted at Maker Faire.
Additionally, the gaming console will be given away in a contest hosted by element14. Fans of the show, developers and future engineers are invited to join the competition online on the element14 website for a chance to win the Raspberry Pi build featured on the show. A dedicated Raspberry Pi discussion page is available to access helpful information, design tools and tutorials to create and program with the mini computer.
The gaming console is just one example of the single board computer’s many capabilities. The Raspberry Pi has been used to capture images from space, power robots, control home devices and teach children to program.
The first episode is now live exclusively on the element14 Community.
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