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Goodies

I admit, this is gonna be an awesome weekend!

To your left, you will see my Adafruit Pi Box, my second Pi is wearing it already.

In the middle, you will see a brand spanking new solid state drive (box), it’s already installed and waiting for Gentoo to drop.

To your right, my replacement AVR ISP markII programmer, the original died after somebody accidentally stepped on it (** cough **), I use it to program ATMEGAs (I may later on publish a Gentoo + AVR How-To, if anybody is interested that is).

Finally let’s not forget the dasKeyboard Model S Ultimate hosting the party, it’s just what I was looking for in a keyboard; It’s loud, clicky and squeaky.

I’ll write up some reviews on these items after I play with them for a week or so, stay tuned!

But wait! That’s not all!

I did get one more thing, but it’s Marshmallow Game Engine specific.

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It’s a Wii Classic Controller USB Adapter, so far it works great with marshmallow_h, the Wii Classic Controller Pro is an awesome controller, this just makes it that more worth getting one (or two, since it can handle two controllers at the same time, Double Dragon anyone?).

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Marshmallow PandaBoard

As tasty as it might sound, it seems to not be a nutritious partnership, at least not yet.

Performance ranges from 60 fps to 40 fps at times, I’m fairly sure I can tweak it to work faster since the PandaBoard has far more processing power than the Raspberry Pi, but I’m just not sure about it’s GLES2 implementation.

I’m using PowerVR SGX OMAP4 with the X11-EGL driver, maybe the extra layer is slowing it down, I’m not sure. I tried running marshmallow as a fullscreen window and as the window manager itself, but performance didn’t improve much.

On the bright side, input hot-plug works like a charm, native builds are fast and it has a considerably shorter boot time compared to the Raspberry Pi.

welcome

Raspberry Pi enclosures for fun and profit

Introduction

After speaking with other Adafruit fans I decided to purchase an Adafruit Pi Box. But since I don’t like waiting for stuff to arrive, I decided to build my own enclosure out of Legos.

Lego Pi

It works as expected though like most of my Lego creations, there’s a little jiggle room. I might fix that with some silicone dots.

In Use

Raspberry Pi Lego Enclosure

Here, I was testing out the enclosure by plugging stuff to it’s multiple ports, watching for any stress on the board.

Side A

Composite/Audio Jack side

Here you can see the composite and audio jacks on the left, GPIO vents on the right.

Side B

HDMI side

Here you can see the HDMI port.

Side C

SD/OTG side

Now the SD Card slot and the OTG.

Side D

Ethernet/USB side

Finally the RJ45 ethernet port and the two USB ports.

Top

Top removed

Easy access to the GPIO pins, jumper wires can go out through the little vents on the side, there is no need to leave the top off (unless I decide to use ribbon cable for some reason).

Thoughts

Pros

  • It’s solid and flexible.
  • It was cheap, very cheap.
  • It’s reusable.

Cons

  • I can’t leave it on the floor, since I’m sure to step on it on my way to the bathroom at night.

Questions

The question is, should I build one for my Arduino?