So your TinyPi is all built, but your going to need something on that SD Card for it to really shine!!
I have made a basic RetroPie image for speedy deployment. It can be found here and is basically a simple RetroPie image modified to use the screen and the buttons.
There is a TinyPi edition of PicoPie in the pipes, and as soon as it is available I will update this guide. Until then, you can build your own using raspbian lite as its base, and following the same guide below. Continue reading “Tiny Software for TinyPi”
*** this guide will be improved very soon with pictures ***
So you have your TinyPi all built up. But how do you power it?
Well the easy answer is to use a USB Power bank. Simply pop the USB into the pi, and you will see the screen spring into life. There are of course downsides to this method. Firstly the power switch at the bottom will have no function. So you will have to pull the USB out whenever you want to turn your TinyPi off. Secondly the USB Cable will be getting in the way!! nobody wants cables in the way!!
Continue reading “Powering your TinyPi”
So you have your new TinyPi kit, but what happens next??!
Well first off, there is some slightly advanced soldering required for this kit, so you need to be sure you are well practised in soldering. Also make sure you have plenty of solder, a nice clean iron tip, and some flux.
Continue reading “TinyPi Build Guide”
I know SPI screens get a bad write up, they are not as fast, they suffer with ‘tearing’ and they use up your gpio pins, but they have lots of benefits too! Continue reading “ili9341 Raspberry pi Guide”
So as you may know, I have a bit of an obsession for making things as small as i can. Now my last project was pretty small, the height was restricted by the height of the Pi zero, and the width was restricted by the width of the screen.
Now this works well, but it wasnt without its limitations. Firstly the controls were not perfect. using a 5 way navigation switch for the actions works, but it is not ideal, especially when you need to press more than one button at once. Continue reading “Behold, The worlds smallest Pi based gaming device!!”
this project came about when i decided to try and build a gameboy advance with a pi zero in there. all the ili9341 screens you can buy have the connections on the end, which both get in the way, and stop you trimming them down!!
so i decided to make a better board for these screens, and while i was at it, i thought i may as well tack the Pi on the back too!! Continue reading “PiCB-tft”
So i made a thing
couldn’t bear to take a working gameboy apart and chop it up, so i made something different. Ended up being a challenge of how small, and how few parts i could use to make a working device. Continue reading “GBz”
So i had been playing with raspberry pi’s for some time. And saw that people were starting to make handheld gaming devices from them.
I had been wanting to make a little Pi based handheld ever since the Zero came out, but couldn’t get my hands on one. When i finally got one I was stuck for ideas as to what kind of case i wanted, so i kinda made it without the case!! Continue reading “Where it all began…”
I thought it was about time my projects got a place on the internet!!
The goal is to get a Pi Zero in your pocket. keep checking back for all the weird and wonderful ways i try to achieve that!