Session Details

Session Details2019-01-07T06:21:08-05:00

Build Your Own Portable Gaming System - Part 1

Presented by: Paul Pagel

Looking for a portable gaming system that you can hack on?  Want to learn how to solder and assemble your own  circuit board?  Perhaps you want to re-experience the classic games and computer systems of your childhood.  Maybe you want to make and process CD-quality audio from a variety of sources.  If so, this is YOUR workshop!

Gain electronic hacker skills and bragging rights by building and programming your very own compact hardware system based on  the Teensy 4.1.  Don't let the cute name fool you - this microcontroller board is a little BEAST featuring a Cortex M7 running at 600 MHz, which provides plenty of horsepower for graphics and audio.   In part 1 of the session, we'll explore the components needed to make the system, basic soldering skills, and the techniques used to test and troubleshoot the hardware.

Participants will be guided through the creation of their own mobile platform with integrated joystick/controls, onboard stereo speakers, hi-resolution audio input, and built-in battery charger that can be used to run custom and commercial firmware - which will be covered in Part 2.

No prior electronics or soldering experience is required.  Soldering equipment will be provided.  Participants must bring a fully-charged laptop with an accessible USB A port or adapter, and  VS Code or Arduino IDE installed.  Pre-requisite software and library installation instructions will be sent out before the conference. The goblins running the internet kindly request that you load these to your laptop prior to the workshop.

***Special note: an additional ticket purchase is necessary to keep the hardware that you will build in this session. Tickets will be available on Eventbrite a few weeks prior to CodeMash.

Tags: Hardware, MobileLevel: Introductory and overview