Make 8-Bit Games On The Fly With This Arduino Controller [Video]


The Gamebuino brings creative programming to the palm of your hand.

Rachel Pincus
  • 2 april 2014

Would you like to build your own Gameboy? If you love the idea of building your own Arduino games but find existing kits a bit of a pain, Gamebuino is the device to try. Like all Arduino kits, Gamebuino’s kit will include everything you need to assemble the device so that you can develop your own games, but the unique touch is its charming monochrome screen, its SD card slot (so you can switch games without connecting it to a computer) and its tiny size – it’s about the size of a credit card. A laser-cut case will protect Gamebuino when you take it on the go, and multiplayer capabilities (utilizing its I2C ports or an optional wireless-communication module) will bring the gaming experience into the 21st century.

The Gamebuino has a classic shape and seems cut out for classic arcade-style 8-bit games, but it also has certain more modern features. Its front-lit screen, for example, automatically adapts to ambient light levels, and it can use an accelerometer. The speakers have four channels and the battery can last up to 24 hours. The programming library included with the device allows you to do several relatively complex tasks with a single command line such as “play(tetris),” but a collection of instructions of progressive complexity will allow more savvy programmers to delve deeper into the platform. The Gamebuino website will serve as a developer community devoted to such explorations.

Naturally, Gamebuino needs to be produced in significant quantities to keep the cost reasonable, so French developer r0d0t has initiated an Indiegogo campaign for the device, and it’s already earned twice its stated goal. A contribution of 35 euros will get you the device itself (with free worldwide shipping included). Check out the Indiegogo promotional video below.

GIF, sources: Indiegogo, Prosthetic Knowledge


IKEA Is Letting Kids Design Its New Line Of Toys

Travel Yesterday

30-Year-Old Photographs Used As Travel Guides

A new photo series revolves around tracing the origins of images from the past

Technology Yesterday

Album Turns Into Something New Each Time It’s Streamed

Bill Baird's new album explores the relationship between time and music through a website crafted by design team, One Pixel Wide


Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Health Yesterday

VR App Prescribed For Pain Relief

A pharmacy chain in Sweden is stepping away from tradition to develop a happy place for the pain-afflicted

Retail Yesterday

Banks Are Coming Together To Create A New Payment Network That Rivals Venmo

A number of financial institutions are collaborating to make a new person-to-person monetary system called Zelle for their customers

Related Expert

Ellie Kemery

Technology, Education, Spaces

Media & Publishing Yesterday

Pocket Camera Aims To Facilitate The Struggles Of Live Streams

The Mevo helps resolve the complexities of streaming video with an intuitive setup and smart editing controls

Food Yesterday

Startup Believes Traceability Will Help Disrupt The Multivitamin Industry

Ritual is a daily supplement for women that traces every ingredient back to its source

Food Yesterday

Photo Series Brutally Murders Some Of Your Favorite Fast Food

The portraits by artist duo Ilka & Franz do away with mealtime regulars in a way that is both beautiful and humorous


Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry

PSFK Op-Ed october 26, 2016

Health Expert: Nutritional Meal Replacements Are A Solution To Corporate Wellness

Ample Foods Founder Connor Young explains why supplements are the next food trend coming to the workplace

PSFK Labs october 25, 2016

The Keys For Exceptional Performance On And Off The Field

PSFK Labs' new report highlights five important insights for businesses to perform better than the competition

Mobile Yesterday

Coffeemaker Teaches You How To Make The Perfect Cup

The device comes with an accompanying app that guides novices and experts alike through the brewing process

Op-Ed Yesterday

General Electric: Lighting’s Impact On Sleep Is More Than The Off Switch

Jeff Patton, General Manager of Connected Home Products at GE Lighting, uncovers how lighting technologies can affect our sleep cycles

Brand Development Yesterday

The Story Behind How LYNK & CO Created A Car Brand From Scratch

Head of Design Andreas Nilsson describes which values were most influential in determining the identity and design direction of the new auto company

Travel Yesterday

Architect’s Design Presents A Radically New Approach For New York’s Penn Station

The firm of Vishaan Chakrabarti has envisioned a bright community and travel hub in the heart of the city

Fitness & Sport Yesterday

Editorial Roundtable: Building An All-Encompassing Performance Suite

WHOOP, ShotTracker, Rithmio, PlaySight, STYR Labs, EverybodyFights and Lift / Next Level Floats on the partnership opportunities available in health and fitness

Gaming & Play Yesterday

Fantasy Game Responds To Each Player’s Emotions

The card battling venture measures responses through a Bluetooth clip to adjust the experience accordingly

Luxury Yesterday

Carry A Map Of NYC On A Handbag

The bag from Bottega Veneta has been designed exclusively for Bergdorf Goodman to celebrate New York City

Technology Yesterday

Roaming Robots Crawl Around Your Body To Do Small Jobs As You Go About Your Day

A new concept wearable developed by researchers at MIT and Stanford are fully functional bots that live on your clothing

No search results found.