I'm thinking about building a portable game console out of Picaxe/arduino chips. I also have the maximite basic computer kit (look it up, it's tiny!)
I do know a fair bit about electronics and that so I should be able to get started when time is available, but does anyone have ANY ideas about the design that be electronic or even just the shell?
At the moment I'm considering maybe a Dos based console not 100% sure yet, otherwise custom os...
the console will have to be constructed from veroboard as I don't have etching tools, but I'm good at soldering so it won't matter
But the main thing I'd like some advice on is the body, control layout and the battery pack, I'm thinking something rechargeable, I do have some sla it's a small one but while it's perfect in the sense of providing sufficient power it weighs a TON!
The PICAXE chips can run off 3-4.5v and my screen needs 12v (it's a car reversing camera screen) Hopefully I'll be able to modify the screen to run off 3-4.5v
The size isn't everything-I don't mind a brick console but I would like something maybe 2-3cm thick and it must still be portable!
Also, should I go with a ds style folding screen or psp style?
I don't care how long it takes, I have spent over a year on one project (which I am still working on...)