Raspberry Pi

RetroPie console fits inside an old Wii U controller

RetroPie console fits inside an old Wii U controller

A dude going by the name [banjokazooie] has created one of the slickest game console hacks we have seen in a long time. He took what appears to be a broken special edition Zelda Wii U controller with an LCD screen and turned it into a completely different game console. The redone portable console uses a Raspberry Pi 3 inside along with a 6.5-inch HDMI display.

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Raspberry Pi gets its own official desktop environment: PIXEL

Raspberry Pi gets its own official desktop environment: PIXEL

The Raspberry Pi, in all its incarnations, has been used in every DIY project or dream imaginable, from security systems to obstruction-detecting robots to, well, mini desktop computers. While most of these projects won’t really use a traditional computer desktop environment, the RPi was still in need of a lightweight, beautiful, and user-friendly desktop for beginners as well as those using the single-board computer as a regular, though less powerful, everyday desktop. Thus, PIXEL was born and is now available for download and use.

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Raspberry Pi retro gaming system is inside a NES cartridge

Raspberry Pi retro gaming system is inside a NES cartridge

Way back in the day the video game system of choice was the NES or Nintendo Entertainment System. I had one with the little robot that moved things around in the real world while you played a rather boring game on the screen. All of the video games came on big gray cartridges that you slid into the front of the system.

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This arcade cabinet fits in your palm, runs Pac-Man and Donkey Kong

This arcade cabinet fits in your palm, runs Pac-Man and Donkey Kong

When most people think of an arcade game cabinet, they think of units measuring six-feet tall. Sure, we've seen home-friendly devices in the past that use an iPad as the display, but Adafruit's latest creation takes the idea of shrinking things down to a whole new level. The DIY Raspberry Pi Zero wizards have put together a MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) cabinet that measures less than 3 inches tall, uses a 0.96-inch RGB OLED display, and is still fully playable.

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Raspberry Pi: how it sold 10 million in 4 years

Raspberry Pi: how it sold 10 million in 4 years

Even for only $35 a pop, 10 million units sold is no joking number. Especially for something that’s been going on for four years, where it has had the possibility of going out of fashion or being displaced by something newer or even better. But that is exactly the momentous achievement that the Raspberry Pi is able to brag about today. But what is all the fuss about an electronics board that doesn’t even come with case? And how exactly did the Raspberry Pi gain that much attention, users, and loyalty? We take a look back in time to find out.

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Ten million Raspberry Pis sold, official kit coming

Ten million Raspberry Pis sold, official kit coming

If there were still any doubt, even among its creators, that the Raspberry Pi was, and still is, a phenomenal success, then let the numbers speak for themselves. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has just proudly announced that the little single board computer (SBC) that could have reached another epic milestone: 10 million boards shipped. Considering they only ever envisioned shipping 10,000 such Pis back in 2012, that is in no way a small accomplishment. And like a never-ending story, things are just about to get better.

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Android Nougat unofficially ported to Raspberry Pi 3

Android Nougat unofficially ported to Raspberry Pi 3

Hungry for some Nougat but don’t really have a Nexus nor plan to buy an LG V20 when it comes out? If you don’t mind not being able to bring along your Android 7.0 with you and have a spare Raspberry Pi 3 lying around, then you’re in for a treat. Peter Yoon, who was responsible for bringing Android TV to the extremely popular single board computer (SBC), has done it again, this time with Android 7.0 Nougat. Of course it’s not yet stable nor is it official, but since “official” will probably never happen, this is a modder’s best bet.

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Project Bloks is Google’s DIY anything platform for aspiring creators

Project Bloks is Google’s DIY anything platform for aspiring creators

Google reveals a DIY set of computer parts that connect together to create learning experiences for young coders. Of course you don't have to be a programmer to use these blocks - you can be whoever you'd like to be. Google suggests that Project Bloks is a research project whose aim is "to create an open hardware platform to help developers, designers, and researchers build the next generation of tangible programming experiences for kids."

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Kodi Raspberry Pi case completes the media center equation

Kodi Raspberry Pi case completes the media center equation

Raspberry Pi board + Kodi (formerly XBMC) software + official Kodi RPi case from FLIRC. That is the formula that Kodi's developers are now proposing to deliver an almost complete, energy efficient, low footprint home media center built off one of the cheapest single board computers (SBC) available in the market. Of course, an enclosure is an enclosure and the case can be used to house an RPi for any purpose. But for those who want to show their brand loyalties, especially to Kodi, this limited edition is the case to buy.

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Burger King giveaway toy becomes Game Boy Color Nano via RPi Zero

Burger King giveaway toy becomes Game Boy Color Nano via RPi Zero

McDonald's may have seemed quite pioneering by launching Happy Meal boxes that transform into a Google Cardboard compatible VR headset. However, rival Burger King might have been ahead of the competition in mixing tech with food. Back in 2000, it gave away tiny gaming handhelds that looked like miniaturized versions of the Nintendo GameBoy Color. Of course, it was nothing like Nintendo's world-famous device, only capable of playing analog games inside. With today's technology, however, it was really only a matter of time before such a toy got a nearly accurate GameBoy makeover it deserved.

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Android TV gets an unofficial Raspberry Pi 3 port

Android TV gets an unofficial Raspberry Pi 3 port

Just two weeks ago, we saw signs of official Android support for the Raspberry Pi 3, which would put the little single-board computer (SBC) almost on par with the likes of the Nexus devices. However, some more enterprising Android fans aren't content just to sit down and wait for the announcement to drop. One such user is ric96, a.k.a. "Geek Till it Hertz", who specializes in all types of fun and insane things to do with the Raspberry Pi. And it can't get more fun or more insane than installing Android TV on the RPi 3 and then loading all sorts of emulators, which is exactly what ETA PRIME did.

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Windows 10 now has a Magic Mirror hack of its own

Windows 10 now has a Magic Mirror hack of its own

We've seen our fair share of "magic mirrors", practically one-way mirrors that have some display embedded within them to deliver a rather futuristic experience of reading your messages and seeing the weather in your bathroom. Even Samsung is game, just recently unveiling the first commercial installation of its Mirror Display in a Korean salon. Most of the mirror displays, however, are DIY projects undertaken by individuals with lots of time or patience or both. Not to be left behind, Microsoft has revealed its own "Magic Mirror" DIY attempt, utilizing a Raspberry Pi and, of course, Windows 10 IoT Core.

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