Python-based educational handheld game console. Write simple games in Python without installing anything.Designed by Radomir Dopieralski, Ships from Switzerland
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What is it? PewPew is a series of educational handheld devices designed specifically for game-making workshops. This particular version uses a large, 6×6cm LED display. Unlike the PewPew Lite, it's...Read More…
PewPew is a series of educational handheld devices designed specifically for game-making workshops. This particular version uses a large, 6×6cm LED display. Unlike the PewPew Lite, it's a standalone device, you only need to add two AAA batteries. It comes as a kit for assembly: all the through-hole parts (the display, the power switch and the battery holder) need to be soldered by the user. It's not difficult, actually it's a lot of fun, but you will need a soldering iron for it.
Running workshops usually involves a lot of time wasted in installing everything that is needed for it on all the computers brought by the participants, and on troubleshooting problems with the installations. This is especially bad for workshops involving programming with Python and PyGame. In addition, once the participants make something, they can't easily show it to others, as it only works on their computers.
This device works around the problem by putting everything that is needed — including the Python interpreter, the libraries, and the examples — on a separate device. When you connect it to your computer, it acts as a USB disk drive, showing you all the files on it. You can simply edit them in place with any text editor — when you save, the device restarts and runs your new code.
This particular version differs from the usual PewPew Standalone in that it's much bigger, using a huge display. That makes it nice for showing things to larger groups of people, since it can be seen from further away. It can also act as an interactive conference badge, displaying text and animations while you wear it.
You get the main PCB with all the SMD parts soldered and with the microcontroller programmed with CircuitPython and three example games (snake, tetris and frog). You also get a red display matrix, battery holder and power switch -- but you have to solder those yourself. In addition you will need two AAA 1.5V alkaline batteries, which are not included. This version doesn't require two-sided tape or hot glue.
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