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Project: VB Mini (Raspberry Pi based)
Posted on: 5/8 20:39
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I am currently in the development stage of building a VB mini. I am using a Raspberry Pi 2 with touch screen module that autoboots into a VB emulator. I am having a friend 3D print a custom VB shell replica in smaller form that will use a Google VR headset for its base. Then I am also customizing a 8bitdo controller to look more VB like. Itís looking like my design will cost about $220 (at cheapest) at this moment.
Sadly I doubt Iíd ever build more then one, unless it was a kit (or if you really wanted one).

I can supply the files for the replacement shell for Google VR and 8bitdo for you to do the 3D printing (when they become available). Then I could email you the software to add to your Raspberry Pi.

Iíll provide pictures when they become available. But I am highly excited for this project to be finalized.

I am also having a friend currently edit the current VB emulator for Emulation Station to display dual screens to the module, this might be a bit of a wait. Itís a formatting issue to work better with the module, so itíd look bad on any other device.
Edited by Dreammary on 2018/5/8 21:13
Edited by Dreammary on 2018/5/8 22:27
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Re: Project: VB Mini (Raspberry Pi based)
Posted on: 5/8 22:05
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Sounds interesting, looking forward to seeing the finished product!
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Re: Project: VB Mini (Raspberry Pi based)
Posted on: 5/8 23:33
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I'm excited to see how this turns out! If this is something we could replicate with your blessing, I'd love to try to give it a go.
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Re: Project: VB Mini (Raspberry Pi based)
Posted on: 5/9 11:02
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Someone already solutioned my issue!, and they did it substantially cheaper.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/m.all3dp. ... set-inspired-virtual-boy/

(I am going to buy one to see about pulling the screen from it and extending it off the main base.)

So now itís actually just up to making a nice headset and controller, I guess.
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Re: Project: VB Mini (Raspberry Pi based)
Posted on: 5/9 20:53
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funny, after mellot posted his 3d printed case I made the suggestion of doing this with a RPi3.
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Re: Project: VB Mini (Raspberry Pi based)
Posted on: 5/13 4:19
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So the Pocket C.H.I.P route is definitely the way to go, but I have run into a snag. The fellow that was gonna help me design the shell has backed out, so Iím hoping to find someone to modify the already existing Pockulus Chip files to look more VB like (once these files become available anyone will be able to make themselves one). Then Iím gonna hopefully find a VB to USB adapter so it can use a real VB controller.

Honestly though this is definitely starting to look like a great project.

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Re: Project: VB Mini (Raspberry Pi based)
Posted on: 5/13 4:47
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Well Mellott can make you one if he has any available at the moment or time. I believe they were $70
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Re: Project: VB Mini (Raspberry Pi based)
Posted on: 5/13 5:09
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Well that would unfortunately break out of my low cost hopes, so I guess I will go full Nintendo as they tend to use GameCube controllers for everything. Lol

Or that other one as itís sort of VB like.

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Re: Project: VB Mini (Raspberry Pi based)
Posted on: 5/13 19:51
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Quote:

Dreammary wrote:
So the Pocket C.H.I.P route is definitely the way to go, but I have run into a snag. The fellow that was gonna help me design the shell has backed out, so Iím hoping to find someone to modify the already existing Pockulus Chip files to look more VB like (once these files become available anyone will be able to make themselves one). Then Iím gonna hopefully find a VB to USB adapter so it can use a real VB controller.

Honestly though this is definitely starting to look like a great project.


The headset in the picture wonít be comfortable to play for long. Look how itís digging into her face.

My day job happens to be designing electronics for head mounted displays. I do a lot of the system design as well. This would be an interesting project to work on. The hardest part will be making it cheap enough at low volume.
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#10
Re: Project: VB Mini (Raspberry Pi based)
Posted on: 5/13 20:00
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By all means, If you want to take over the project, I know you could do it better.

I still plan on making my own though.
Edited by Dreammary on 2018/5/13 21:41
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