Hardkernel was founded in 2008 and ODROID (Open-Droid) reached the ten year mark as of 2018. To celebrate ODROID’s 10th anniversary, we present the ODROID-GO Game Kit.
When we designed the ODROID device, we thought of three basic slogans:
- Of the developers, By the developers, For the developers
- Fun and interesting devices for developers
- Development board in pocket (to go!)
ODROID-GO includes a special anniversary board and all the additional parts to put together your own game kit and see the workings behind such a device. It is not only a fun assembly project but also an educational tool to learn about all the hardware and software that goes into building such a device.
The small and cheap Arduino MCU ESP32 performance was very good to run NES, GBC and SMS emulators amazingly, but the sandwich style was not good to play games over a couple of hours. The stacked PCB was inconvenient and cannot hold for a long time. We couldn’t put it into our back pocket either. So, we had to abandon the first design and constructed a plastic mould design with more sleek and comfortable shape from the scratch again.
Finally, we arrived at the current design. We call it ODROID-GO. Now we can put this nice development board in our back pocket and play with it everywhere.
Assembly and learning
Have fun building your own handheld game kit while learning about the internal functions of each part and its purpose. Learn how each button is attached to a PCB switch pad, what materials are used, and how to put it all together to create a button control pad to play games. Learn how to connect power, speakers and how to download and install an OS. Learn why certain pieces are made of particular materials and why you need certain connectors. Since the device is clear, all the internal components and all the lights are visible. Once you have assembled the ODROID-GO, you can download and install games. Enjoy your gaming device that you built!
- A. 1x ODROID-GO board
- B. 1x Front enclosure
- C. 1x Back enclosure
- D. 1x 2.4 inch LCD module
- E. 1x 4 button rubber
- F. 1x 2 button rubber
- G. 2x 2 button rubber
- H. 1x 8Ohm 0.5W speaker
- I. 1x 10pin male header
- J. 10x screws
- K. 1x LCD window
- L. 1x button set
- M. 1x Micro USB cable
- N. 1x 1200mAh Li-ion battery
Information on assembly and learning can be found at https://wiki.odroid.com/odroid_go/go_assembling.
Ready to play
Make a microSD card with your own game collections. Details can be found at: https://wiki.odroid.com/odroid_go/emulator/make_sd_for_importing_roms. The emulator supports games such as:
- Game Boy
- Game Boy Color
- Game Gear
- Nintendo Entertainment System
- Sega Master System
- MCU Custom ESP32-WROVER(16MiB Flash Memory)
- CPU & RAM 80MHz – 240MHz(Adjustable), 4MB PSRAM
- Display 2.4inch 320×240 TFT LCD (SPI interface)
- Battery Li-Polymer 3.7V/1200mAh, Up to 10 hours of continuous game playing time
- Speaker 0.5W/ 8Ω Mono
- mSD card slot 20Mhz SPI interface
- Expansion Port 10Pin port : I2C, GPIO, IRQ at 3.3Volt
- Input Buttons Menu, Volume, Select, Start, A, B and Direction Pad
- Micro USB port Battery charging(500mA) and USB-UART data communication
- Size 76mm x 121mm x 16mm(assembled)
For a video of the ODROID-GO in action, please visit https://youtu.be/1kQ79ytZKJA.
Arduino Coding Camp with ODROID-GO
The following Coding Camp articles will be individually presented over the next few months in ODROID Magazine, so that beginning programmers can get easily started with development by using the ODROID-GO as a learning tool.