The MyPi kit is a well documented Raspberry Pi kit to choose what you need to build a RetroPie based handheld retrogaming system.Designed by JessLGames, LLC. in United States of America
Kit building is more popular than ever now. Experience the feelings of accomplishment that come from building a quality handheld game console yourself using the popular Raspberry Pi 3a+. The MyPi k...Read More…
Kit building is more popular than ever now. Experience the feelings of accomplishment that come from building a quality handheld game console yourself using the popular Raspberry Pi 3a+.
The MyPi kit is a well documented Raspberry Pi kit that encourages learning by using Retropie on a Raspberry Pi to create a handheld retrogaming experience. The completed MyPi kit can provide hours of enjoyment with retrogames. Relive those Atari and Commodore 64 memories and more!
A complete kit includes a printed manual, printed circuit boards, a Raspberry Pi 3a+, a 5 inch HDMI LCD (800x480), one inch stereo speakers with class D amplifiers, rubber backed game controller buttons used in SNES controllers, a low battery voltage detector, a power supply and charger both rated for more than 2 amps, a 4000 mAh lithium battery, and a 3d printed enclosure.
Basic to intermediate soldering skills will be needed to assemble the kit.
This is an open source project. If you want to source everything yourself, the files for this project may be found on Github, Hackster.io, and other locations.
We are offering a way to pick and choose what you want to build your own kit in a convenient location with transparent pricing. We do hope that you will buy a complete kit from us but we understand if you'd rather do your own parts sourcing.
The files to 3d print a MyPi case are freely available on Thingiverse. Print your MyPi in any color you wish. We 3d print the MyPi cases using Kodak PLA+ Neon Green.
The original jellybean shaped MyPi case was designed to be comfortable to hold and designed to be as compact as possible while still housing a 5 inch LCD, a Raspberry Pi 3B+ or 3a+, and a 4000 mAh battery.
A traditional rectangular case was designed with the speakers and trigger buttons on the back side which results in a clean, simple appearance. The rectangular case was designed to provide more space for experimentation.
The MyPi kit is intended to help you learn to build a gaming system, refine your soldering skills, learn to configure a Raspberry Pi 3 and Retropie, and learn how to find and install the games that you want to play.
Create a handheld retrogame console the way that you want it, how you wish, with the parts that you have with the MyPi kit. We just provide what you might need. If you are a 3d designer then feel free to use your own case design. If you already have a Raspberry Pi 3a+ or 3b then you can use it instead of buying one. Buy only what you need and buy it conveniently in one place from us.
Checkout the article about the MyPi kit in The MagPi magazine (https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/).
The MyPi kit was designed to provide the benefits of having a small tabletop arcade unit, such as the Coleco tabletop arcades of the 80's, while also providing portability. The large screen and 30mm/1 inch stereo speakers provide the visibility and sound that would normally be expected from a tabletop unit rather than a handheld.
We wanted to play our favorite arcade games and console games on a screen large enough to be comfortable with stereo sound that didn't require earphones.
The completed MyPi kit 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 kit build video is available to provide more details of the build experience than could be included in the manual. Before buying a kit, you can 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 is easier than you might think. The manual details an easy way to solder surface mount components using a traditional soldering iron.
The SMD components selected for the MyPi kit are large SMD components that can easily be handled with a pair of tweezers or needle nosed pliers. Most of the SMD components are just a little smaller in length and width than a through-hole 1/4 watt resistor. After building the MyPi kit, you may even prefer to use similarly sized SMD components in your own projects.
The MyPi kit manual provides tips, calibration instruction, guidance on surface mount soldering, and even suggestions for decorating your handheld retrogame console. There are also instructions for game installation, where to obtain ROMs, and how to install them.
Every effort has been made to provide a quality, interesting, kit building experience. The MyPi kit manual, the MyPi kit build video, and the MyPi support blog (http://makemypi.com) are all efforts to provide the support you might need to build your handheld gaming console. I can also be contacted through Tindie or on http://makemypi.com for additional support.
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 kit 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 build your MyPi kit.
Why was the MyPi Kit Created?
The MyPi Raspberry Pi kit was created because I wanted to play games like Ms. Pacman and Outrun without using a TV but I didn't want to sacrifice much. I wanted a large HDMI screen with no tearing, stereo sound without wearing earphones, and direct controls - all of the MyPi kit inputs are direct to GPIO through a PCB to reduce input lag.
The 5 inch HDMI LCD has an 800x480 resolution that 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.
The MyPi kit was intended to provide the benefits of a small tabletop arcade while remaining portable. The size of the completed MyPi kit is similar to classic handhelds like the Sega Game Gear and the Atari Lynx. I also prefer the controls on either side of the screen, like a Sony PSP. A completed MyPi kit provides a way to comfortably enjoy playing retrogames without dedicating a TV.
The MyPi kit manual has over 40 pages of photographs, instructions, configuration, troubleshooting tips, and guidance just as was once common in vintage computer manuals. We wanted the MyPi kit to momentarily take you back to a simpler time when people built electronics kits such as radios, TVs, and even computers, to learn about electronics.
What Makes the MyPi Kit Special?
The jellybean influenced case style of the MyPi kit is inspired by memories of the 1980's and the jellybeans that became associated with the President. The jellybean shape was also selected for ergonomic reasons.
The Super Nintendo (SNES) game controller quickly became a favorite of many in the early 1990's. The combination of SNES buttons with the jellybean enclosure style trigger fond memories of the 1980's and early 90's and the retrogames played years ago.
The optional rectangular case that is available for the MyPi kit has been designed to look traditional and provide more internal space for experimentation. Exterior edges are chamfered and the edges have a brushed feel that is comfortable.
The MyPi kit manual, included with every MyPi kit, provides photos and descriptions of each step needed to build your handheld arcade console. Every effort was made to write the manual as concisely as possible.
In the early days of the Digital Revolution, kit instructions needed to be detailed because the manual was the only source of information. Manuals such as the Timex Sinclair computer manual were comprehensive. There was no website or video. This was our inspiration for writing the MyPi kit manual. We wanted to create a manual with the strengths of kit manuals that once were.
The MyPi kit was specifically designed to be modular to ease assembly. Connectors and modules were used wherever possible in the MyPi kit. 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. Where wiring is needed, no more than 2 wires are required at each connection point reduce the possibility of any confusion.
Each of the components used in the MyPi kit were tested for compatibility. It may seem unusual, but some electronics modules do not function well when connected to specific other modules.
Not all HDMI LCD brands are reliable. Several different brands were tried before settling on the LCD included in the MyPi kit. Every LCD has also been tested by me before it is shipped.
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 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.
Of course a completed MyPi kit will also work just fine with your HDTV, if it has composite video input available.
For 2 player games, add a Bluetooth controller and have a friend join a game of Double Dragon or another 2 player favorite like Mortal Kombat. Driving games and sports games such as baseball and hockey are great 2 player games.
We would like to think that this is the only Raspberry Pi 3 retrogaming a'la carte kit available. This was done so that you know exactly what you are getting into when you choose to build your own handheld retrogame based on a Raspberry Pi. To build a handheld retrogaming unit based on the Raspberry Pi, you get access to a list of parts that you'll need, access to the schematic on Github, and an instructional build video for free.
The MyPi kit is a Raspberry Pi based kit that was built for makers by a maker. The manual and complete kit were tested 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 kit is the kit for you.
The MyPi kit makes a great gift for a parent or grandparent as it evokes memories of those exciting days when computers and video games were new and fascinating
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