Ardubox feels like the little brother of PocketCHIP portable & hackable game console with its transparent case, but instead of running Linux on a 32-bit ARM processor, Ardubox is based on the same Atmel ATmega32u4 MCU used in Arduino Leonardo & Micro boards.
- MCU – Atmel ATmega32u4 AVR MCU with 32KB flash, 2.5KB RAM, and 1KB EEPROM
- Display – 128×64 1-bit OLED display
- USB – 1x micro USB 2.0 port for power and programming
- User Inputs – 6x momentary tactile buttons
- Audio – 2 channel Piezo Speaker
- Misc – 1x LED
- Battery – 180 mAh Thin-Film Li-Po battery good for over 8 hours
Beside the Arduino IDE, The board can also be programmed with Codebender, GCC & AVRDude. There’s also a fairly long list of games to play with, and it can be hacked as a virtual business card, a USB mouse and keyboard, a synthesizer, and more.
The Arduino game console was first launched via Kickstarter last year, raised $433,038 out of 7,221 backers, and has been shipped to all backers in August. However, it’s now available for pre-order on Arduboy website for $39, and SeeedStudio is organizing a crowdbuy where it can be had for $37.95. More details can be found on Arduboy website which features a community forum, and a getting started guide.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.