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Credit Card sized handheld!
« on: 14:23, 16 September 17 »
Looks interesting, though I think it would of been better in portrait mode.


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/903888394/arduboy-card-sized-gaming

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Re: Credit Card sized handheld!
« Reply #1 on: 18:35, 16 September 17 »
Interesting, although I gotta admit I don't completely see the point, considering everything else that's already on the market.

As far as I can see, only the tiny size differs from many other options on the market - and how can that be a sales factor when "small screens" has practically been banished by everyone when looking at existing options?

I'm puzzled.

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Re: Credit Card sized handheld!
« Reply #2 on: 10:35, 18 September 17 »
But it's not powered by an Arduino, it's powered by an AVR. I wish people would stop mis-using the name Arduino.

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Re: Credit Card sized handheld!
« Reply #3 on: 11:28, 18 September 17 »
But it's not powered by an Arduino, it's powered by an AVR. I wish people would stop mis-using the name Arduino.

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Is Arduino a physical chip as well as software?



Admittedly, I have never heard of Arduino, but I think they were referring to the software, as they are thanking the Arduino community.

I think it's something I wouldn't mind dipping into due to it's form factor. My mobile phone isn't suited to gaming.



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Re: Credit Card sized handheld!
« Reply #4 on: 12:05, 18 September 17 »
Arduino is a concept. The chip is AVR, the software is C.

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Re: Credit Card sized handheld!
« Reply #5 on: 18:03, 19 September 17 »
That thing looks like a pain in the ass to use, to be honest. You'd need Trump sized fingers to be able to use it.
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Re: Credit Card sized handheld!
« Reply #6 on: 19:31, 19 September 17 »
That thing looks like a pain in the ass to use, to be honest. You'd need Trump sized fingers to be able to use it.


I like the simplicity of this and the monochrome games but... don't know if it fits on my hands and as a 41 year old dude, don't really know how long I have left with these tiny screens  ;D
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Re: Credit Card sized handheld!
« Reply #7 on: 20:33, 19 September 17 »

I like the simplicity of this and the monochrome games but... don't know if it fits on my hands and as a 41 year old dude, don't really know how long I have left with these tiny screens  ;D

It's not the monochrome games I have an issue with. I took on two Speccys as an owner for the first time this year at the age of 41.

I don't have the biggest of hands as it is, but that thing looks like a nightmare. I've also managed to go 32 of my 41 years staring at screens without requiring bifocals of any kind. I often wonder how long before my number is up there too, but I sure as hell don't want to rush it either by staring at a one inch screen!  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
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Re: Credit Card sized handheld!
« Reply #9 on: 09:41, 29 January 18 »
Fancy design, but what's the point? Why is it modular? There is only one set of modules and only one way to connect them??

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Re: Credit Card sized handheld!
« Reply #10 on: 20:58, 29 January 18 »
Fancy design, but what's the point? Why is it modular? There is only one set of modules and only one way to connect them??


I guess parts are replaceable should they fail (if they're still available a couple of years down the line) and it sounds like upgraded parts may be available later...


Being a hardware novice, the idea of assembling it myself appeals to me as I could never accomplish something like that on my own.
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Re: Credit Card sized handheld!
« Reply #11 on: 10:18, 30 January 18 »

I guess parts are replaceable should they fail (if they're still available a couple of years down the line) and it sounds like upgraded parts may be available later...


Being a hardware novice, the idea of assembling it myself appeals to me as I could never accomplish something like that on my own.

If they fail that quickly it was a bad design to start with. It also makes it much more expensive = Multiple casings, multiple power regulation, extra connectors etc.
I could understand if they said there are 3 different screens and 5 different motherboards, 4 different keyboards, but it has none of that. It's a 4 piece jigsaw with only one solution.

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Re: Credit Card sized handheld!
« Reply #12 on: 16:23, 30 January 18 »
I think you're looking into it very hard. My guess is, it's just a cheerful, cheap little thing?

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Re: Credit Card sized handheld!
« Reply #13 on: 16:39, 30 January 18 »
Cheap and cheerful is no excuse for questionable design decisions.

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Re: Credit Card sized handheld!
« Reply #14 on: 16:47, 30 January 18 »
Nope, but is an excuse for "so what" :D

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Re: Credit Card sized handheld!
« Reply #15 on: 02:02, 11 March 18 »
It seems that is perfect for hipsters, posers and the like... at least according to the people that appears in the promotional material  :laugh: