ArduBoy Arduino Compatible Portable Game Console Sells for $39

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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.

arduboyArduboy specifications:

  • 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.

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