So with the end of the Bit Fix Game Boy Classic a few weeks away, I thought I would throw a curve ball into the mix by changing my entry. I won't have time to finish the Game Boy Color Advance, so I'm going to make the Cold Boy. I will continue the Game Boy Color Advance after for fun.
The Cold Boy is a Game Boy Mini Fridge. It will have a PC monitor, and big buttons and be powered by a raspberry Pi 2.
Here are pictures of it to show that it isn't modified to start with.
I have worked a lot on the Cold Boy today, so far I have the screen hole cut into the door, and the buttons made out of wood. I have mounted the bezel of the screen too, and have started to wire up the buttons, they will be on sort of loose with screws from the back, and have tact switches on the back of each for the actual button action. The buttons will be wired up to a USB keyboard and then plugged into the PI.
I am feeling well about this mod so far, and it should be a great conversation piece at university.
For anyone interested, I am still planning to use this fridge, I will insulate the back of the door once all of the electronics are in. If I ever have a computer that runs a little hot it wont be an issue with this set up.
Im getting close to being done The Cold Boy. I have it all painted (a bit of touch up to do however) and I have it all assembled and attached and working. all that is left to do is put the back back on, re insulate some sections, and put it on the fridge. I also have to get software on the PI.
Basically what I have done is make wooden buttons, put tact switches in them, and wire those to a keyboard. I used a multimeter to determine what trace is what key, so the buttons are their respective keys on the keyboard. This is the layout I used, its pretty straight forward.
I also am planning to put text on the Fridge, I want it to look like the Game Boy more. I'm just not sure how to do it. I might just paint it by hand, but IDK how that would go.
Wow! That came together FAST! The benefits of having a lot of room to work with, I suppose.
Are you including other emulators as well, or just Game Boy? I'm also curious how much our projects are the same and how much they're different? It sounds like you're not running RetroPie because EmulationStation (at least the build I'm using) uses I think keyboard Z and X for GB A and B by default. But it's Linux, so I suppose anything can be tweaked.
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Yeah it has been fast, there is tons of room in the fridge to work, so it is easyish yeah, and I have a ton of tools at my disposal right now, soon I wont since I'll be in a drom room though, and can only bring a few tools.
I'm going to use retro pie, and I will re map the keys to mine, if needed I can re solder the buttons too. I will have a Game Boy emulator, NES, and anything else that will work. I can also hook up an external controller via USB for 2 player/ more complex gaming.