The MyPi kit is a well documented Raspberry Pi kit to choose what you need to build a RetroPie handheld system.Designed by JessLGames, LLC. in United States of America
The MyPi is a well documented Raspberry Pi kit that uses RetroPie for handheld retrogaming and is designed around a Raspberry Pi 3a+ and a 5 inch LCD. However, the MyPi is not just any kit - you pi...Read More…
The MyPi is a well documented Raspberry Pi kit that uses RetroPie for handheld retrogaming and is designed around a Raspberry Pi 3a+ and a 5 inch LCD. However, the MyPi is not just any kit - you pick and choose what you need to build your own kit!
The files to 3d print a MyPi case are freely available on Thingiverse. Print your MyPi in any color you wish - one of our local customers has a translucent white MyPi. It's your choice to print a case in the color you wish; however, we offer case colors as demand dictates and based on available filaments.
A traditional rectangular case was designed with the speakers and trigger buttons on the back side which results in a clean, simple appearance. The case has space for expansion and air flow. There's space for larger batteries, a Raspberry Pi 4, or even add a joystick.
The comprehensive manual, which includes the printed circuit boards (PCB's), is the foundation of the MyPi kit. The PCB's have been redesigned to now use a single PCB for inputs and it also uses the traditional rubber Start/Select buttons familiarly seen on Super Nintendo game controllers.
Add what you need to get started. The prices for each option are competitive with other sources but please bear in mind that the MyPi kit is not intended to compete with cheap retro handheld devices available at local big box stores.
Design your own case and use the PCB's as the electronics for your design if you wish. Create a handheld retrogame the way that you want it how you wish with the parts that you have. We just provide what you might need. With the space available in the rectangular case style you could even add your own features such as voice input or where ever your imagination leads you.
Checkout the article about the MyPi project in The MagPi magazine (https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/).
The completed MyPi dimensions are similar to that of a Sega Game Gear: 9" x 5.5" x 1.5"
This is a kit for kit builders
A basic understanding of electronics and soldering skills are needed to successfully build a MyPi kit. The MyPi build video is available for those that prefer a video to a manual but also so that you may see exactly what you will need to do to build your own handheld retrogame console.
Soldering is required to build a MyPi kit. A little surface mount (SMD) soldering is required but it isn't scary. The manual details an easy way to solder surface mount components using a traditional soldering iron. The SMD components selected for the MyPi are large SMD components - they are not the grain of rice sized SMD components seen in many designs.
Troubleshooting may be required as we all make mistakes. Since the MyPi electronics are modular, troubleshooting is easier. The manual also provides troubleshooting guidance.
The printed MyPi manual provides troubleshooting guidance, tips, calibration instruction, guidance on surface mount soldering, and even tips for decorating your handheld retrogame console with water slide based stickers.
Our blog at makemypi.com provides additional info on specific subjects, such as audio issues. I can also be reached through the makemypi.com website for additional assistance. Every effort has been made to provide a challenging kit building experience and provide support to assure your MyPi kit building success so that you can enjoy retrogaming on a device that you create.
If you select a Raspberry Pi 3a+ option, we include a preconfigured micro SD card to make starting up your assembled MyPi as effortless as possible. Detailed instructions are provided in the MyPi manual for doing the software installation and configuration on your own if you choose to do the software configuration and install it yourself.
The following is included to help you get started:
Please be sure to look through the options to select exactly what you will need to complete your MyPi build.
Note that some options are not required although they may be desired. The MyPi will work without the "low battery detection" and without the "sound" option; however, you will need to use earphones for audio and there will be no low battery indication. You could even create your own sound processing with a USB audio amplifier.
The "headers and sockets" option is not required but it is recommended. It is possible to just use solid 22 gauge wire to make connections between boards and modules, but it doesn't look as good as the connectors and it can make troubleshooting a little more difficult if it becomes necessary.
In other words - please review the options and carefully consider which options you will need.
Why was the MyPi Created?
The MyPi Raspberry Pi kit was created for the person that would like to experience the feeling of making their own handheld retrogame but would also like a large 5 inch display and stereo sound. It was never intended to be a convenient pocket device for gaming on the go. However, it is approximately the size of a Sega Game Gear.
The MyPi was created for those moments when you feel like sitting up in bed and playing a game or for leaning back in your recliner rather than using the TV. The MyPi would be great for long trips as well. In other words, the MyPi is portable and large enough to comfortably enjoy playing games privately but if you feel like sharing, you can connect it to the composite input on a TV and add a second controller using Bluetooth.
Learn to solder SMD components. Learn to configure Retropie and your Raspberry Pi 3a+. Learn how to build from a modular design - create your own projects by learning to combine modules together with a common board. Learn what it's like to build your own handheld game console, and configure it, and load ROM's.
The MyPi manual has over 40 pages of photographs, instructions, configuration, troubleshooting tips, and guidance just as was once common in vintage computer manuals such as the Timex Sinclair manual and also common in Heathkit electronics kits. The manual also includes suggestions for sources of legal game ROMs to download.
Legal ways exist to obtain game ROMs for personal use. The manual even includes the MyPi schematic in the appendix just as Commodore computer manuals and other computer manuals of the early 1980's did. However, if more clarity is needed, there are also tips on the http://makemypi.com blog as well as an instructional build video. For further assistance or comments, I can be reached by contacting me through the makemypi.com contact page.
The 5 inch LCD of the MyPi is well suited for viewing games for emulators such as the Playstation and even older games such as the Intellivision. Driving games are particularly well suited to the larger screen. Driving games with stereo sound, such as Outrun, feel right at home on the MyPi.
What Makes the MyPi Special?
The rectangular case that is available for the MyPi has been designed to look much more traditional, but once again with no sharp corners to dig into your palms. Exterior edges are filleted and the edges have a brushed feel that is comfortable.
The buttons and DPad are directly from a game controller to provide the button feel that is familiar. Lastly, the MyPi was designed to be modular to ease assembly.
Connectors and modules were used wherever possible on the MyPi, which added to the cost. The benefit is that if there are problems, such as a solder bridge, it's easier to troubleshoot - just unplug a module and examine and test it. The PCBs were designed to reduce wiring as much as possible because wiring can create confusion; however, where wiring is needed, no more than 2 wires are required at each connection point.
The MyPi can also be used as a game console similar to an Atari 2600 or Nintendo. If you have a CRT TV, you will be able to play classic Nintendo and Atari games just as they looked in the 80's. Simply connect the MyPi to the composite input of your TV using the included AV adapter cable and change a setting when starting an emulator to direct the video to your TV. Naturally, the instructions for doing this are in the manual.
For 2 player games, add a Bluetooth controller and have a friend join a game of Double Dragon or another 2 player favorite. Enjoy hours of 2 player gaming on your TV or on your MyPi handheld gaming console relaxing in a recliner.
We would like to think that this is the only Raspberry Pi 3 retrogaming a' la carte kit available. The MyPi kit was never created to simply be "snapped together" by anyone. The MyPi was created for the person that enjoys making and building things and wants to solder and isn't scared of trying a little surface mount soldering.
The MyPi Raspberry Pi kit was built for makers by a maker. The manual and complete kit were test built by someone with limited electronics knowledge, but with moderate soldering skills, and they were able to build it and learn a lot about configuring the Raspberry Pi from the manual. If you enjoy kit building and desire quality documentation done in a retro style, the MyPi Raspberry Pi is the kit for you.
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