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An educational device shaped like a game console

15 June 2017

MAKERbuino is an open source, handheld retro gaming device that you can build yourself using basic electronic components and some creative thinking.

DIY game console (Credit: MAKERbuino)

The MAKERbuino comes in kit form with all the electronic components needed. It’s programmed in Arduino, a popular DIY microcontroller platform, open-source, hackable and easily customisable. 

These are the basic tools and equipment needed for assembly:
• Regular soldering iron and some solder
• Diagonal cutter pliers
• Regular screwdriver
• Desoldering vacuum pump (optional)

For those makers-to-be, there is a special MAKERbuino kit that comes with all the required tools

Makers can also design a custom 3D printed or CNC cut casing, add an extra analogue stick or connect a GSM module. The kit comes with an SD card loaded with numerous retro games that users can play as soon as they’ve finished assembling the console. Not only that, the console can be used to control a quadcopter or add a Wi-Fi module to connect it to the internet! 

Its main purpose is to motivate people to explore and create something new. As it is shaped like a gaming device, the aim is to attract the younger generation into the maker community. 

The MAKERbuino has been successfully funded on Kickstarter and you can buy yours here with prices starting from £34.

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