Deals: MAKERbuino Educational DIY Game Console

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Are you looking to break up the monotony of a quarantine or work/school stoppage for you or your kids? Maybe both? How about a fun tech project that you can play games with when you’re done?

MAKERbuino Educational DIY Game Console was originally a fully-funded and successful Kickstarter project back in 2017. It actually became a DIY kit version of a previous fully-assembled Arduino-based gaming device called the Gamebuino, which was also a Kickstarter in 2014. The MAKERbuino comes with all of the parts and instructions to create a fully-functional, open-source gaming device that can be modded and/or hacked just like any Arduino-based device.

Because the MAKERbuino is based on the earlier Gamebuino project, the open source games that were developed for it will also work on the MAKERbuino. In fact, many games will come preloaded on the SD Card with this kit.

This kit does takes some work to assemble and a little know-how (including using a soldering iron). However, if you, your kids, or both, are into electronics and enjoying tinkering and figuring things out, this is a great way to learn some basics of how electronic devices are designed and assembled.

Our Deals site is offering the MAKERbuino Educational DIY Game Console (Standard Kit) for $69.99.

Description

In this new age, most kids spend most of their time watching YouTube videos or playing games on smartphones and tablets. Why don’t we change things a bit? CircuitMess brings you MAKERbuino, a little educational, open-source handheld game device that children can build on their own. Complete with electronic components, modules, and accessories, this console kit motivates children to explore, learn, and create something new in a fun and interesting way. This device is based on Arduino UNO, making it compatible with lots of hardware expansion modules and fully customizable. Building the console may take up to 5 hours, so you might want to help your kids get started and have them learn through the process.

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  • Based on Arduino UNO, this console is compatible w/ lots of hardware expansion modules, fully-customizable & unique
  • Build guide helps not only to assemble things but also teaches basic electronics, soldering, & more
  • Can be programmed in Arduino IDE, the most popular programming environment for makers
  • Connects w/ link cables, exchanges data, & supports multiplayer gaming
  • Comes w/ an SD card that is preloaded with numerous fun retro games
  • Get the full build guide here

Specs

  • Standard kit
  • Product dimensions: 5.12″ x 2.36″ x 0.98″
  • CPU: ATmega328 @ 16MHz (same MCU used in Arduino UNO)
  • Display: Nokia 5110 84×48 monochrome graphic LCD w/ white backlight (adjustable with a built in potentiometer)
  • Sound:
    • 0.5W speaker with 4-channel audio generation
    • 3.5mm headphone connector
    • hardware volume control
  • Input: 7 super-clicky pushbuttons with replaceable button caps (D-pad + ABC buttons)
  • Storage:
    • 32kB of FLASH program memory
    • 2kB of RAM
    • Up to 2GB SD card for loading & saving programs (HEX files) and data (128MB card included)
  • Communication: Serial UART port, i2c, SPI
  • Power: single cell LiPo, 3.7V, 600mAh, charged with regular micro USB smartphone charger
  • Manufacturer’s 1-year warranty

Tools Needed

  • Diagonal cutter pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Some solder
  • Nose pliers
  • Soldering iron

Includes

  • MAKERbuino PCB

  • MAKERbuino casing

  • 84×84 monochrome LCD

  • Main microcomputer module

  • Sound module

  • USB battery charger board

  • 128MB Micro SD card + SD adapter

  • A bag with other tiny electronic components such as pushbuttons and colored button caps


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