A whole new year

Hi Gamebuinians,

Some of you might still be recovering from yesterday night, so I’ll try to keep it short. First of all, I wish you all a happy new year and hope Santa was nice to you.

MAKERbuino incoming

Beta kits will start shipping real soon. Keep an eye on your mailbox for tracking numbers. Kits are still available to pre-order on the Gamebuino Shop.

Gamebuino nouveau is here!

Some of you might already have received the new Gamebuino REV4 I already told you about, as it started shipping before Christmas. Here’s what’s new.
Overall quality improvement. Since the Indiegogo campaign, I kept working on making the Gamebuino reliable and the best quality possible. Few months ago I met Kevin From Seeed Studios, here in France (and he loved saut√©ed frog’s legs!). Since then, we’ve been working together on this new revision 4 of the Gamebuino. It’s now made by Seeed Studios, they have been very professional and do care about making the best product possible. And trust me, you can tell the difference.
RX/TX LEDs bug fixed. They used to sometimes randomly light up when not connected to a USB port. They no longer do.
The battery is marked “180mAh” where it used to be marked “300mAh” (and “240mAh” before that), but actually the capacity mainly remains unchanged. Problem was that the previous supplier wasn’t quite honest about the batteries specs. So don’t worry, you’ll still get 8 to 24 hours of Paqman and other 8bit wonders out of your batteries.
The speaker has been changed for a piezo. A bit less louder, but sill enough to bother people on the bus ūüėČ
3.5mm audio Jack. Plug in headphones or blast chiptunes on huge loudspeakers (also handy not to bother people on the bus).
Battery connector. So it’s easy to replace the battery it if it wears out. Pro Tip: Keep you battery healthy, keep it charged.

Sounds good to you ? Get yours today !

Cheers and laughing in Las Vegas

Many of you must know about the International CES: “the Consumer Electronics Show¬ģ is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies“. This is where major products like smartphones, drones and virtual reality systems are released. This is also a place where you can meet hundreds of startups with fresh ideas. This is where you find partners to team up with.

The exciting news are, Gamebuino will be there. If you are too, let’s meet up!

Gamebuino at CES 2017

Saint-Etienne Design Biennale 2K17

Gamebuino was born in Saint-Etienne, France (and still lives there). This city used to be known for its arms industry and coal mining history …and later its soccer team.

Now, Saint-Etienne is moving toward design and entrepreneurship as it’s the only UNESCO City of Design in France. It will be hosting its 10st Design Biennale this year.

Now you’ve guessed it, Gamebuino will be there too: from the souvenir shop to the UX (User eXperience) laboratory, without forgetting the game coding workshops. Come and try the Gamebuino 2!

Gamebuino at Saint Etienne Design Biennale 2017

Cité du Design where part of the Design Biennale takes place

What do you think ? Tell us in our Community.

Gamebuino meets MAKERbuino

Howdy Gamebuinians,

As mentioned¬†in the previous post, I’m now going to recount you what’s going on on a regular basis. It’s been two months already‚Ķ time flies! If you want updates more often, don’t hesitate to tell me in the comments.

Disclaimer: most of my time goes into making Gamebuino ready to grow to the next level: planning, lawyers, accountants‚Ķ But hey, there’s still exiting news ūüôā Read along…

Maker Faire: The European Edition

First, Gamebuino had a booth at the Maker Faire: The European Edition in Rome. It was a HUGE event with more than 100 000 visitors over the weekend, and countless amazing projects. And many passionate people.

David Cuartielles playing Gamebuino

Here you can see David Cuartielles, co-founder of Arduino, setting a new high score on Paqman (excellent game by Yoda)! David is¬†really interested in Gamebuino as it’s a fun way to interest people in electronics and programming.

(Thanks to Albert and his father for the Maker Faire photos!)

Gamebuino, MAKERbuino and pokitto together

Here, I’m with Albert and Jonne, both members of the Gamebuino community. It inspired them to create their own open-source gaming consoles:

  • ¬†Jonne (aka Jonnection) comes from Finland and created pokitto, an adorable gaming console. It’s not released yet, but it will soon be on pokitto.com
  • Albert (aka Albertinjo) is a young Croatian inventor, and created the MAKERbuino: it’s basically a Gamebuino compatible kit you can solder yourself!

MAKERbuino preorders open!

You know the best part ? I partnered up with Albert, so you can already preorder it on the Gamebuino Shop! It’s easy to assemble and comes with detailed build¬†instructions.

Gamebuino and MAKERbuino

MAKERbuino available on the Gamebuino shop, preorder today!

New Gamebuino R4 on the way

Apart from this cool new Gamebuino variant, the Gamebuino itself is freshened up with a new revision. They are being manufactured at the moment, and will soon have:

  • A 3.5mm audio jack to listen to cool chiptunes on the bus or to blast the Gamebuino sounds on huge loudspeakers
  • A connector so it’s easy to replace the battery if it wears out (remember to keep yours charged!)
  • RX/TX LEDs bug fixed

Gamebuino new revision on the way

This is what the new revision will look like!

Gamebuino Library 0.4 update

Not only hardware evolves! The version 0.4 of the Gamebuino library it out on GitHub. It packs several cool new features:

  • Finer volume control! Use the shortcut “C” + “B” at any time.
  • Get back to the game list at any time by holding “C” + “A”
  • Arduino Library Manager compatible! Installation only takes a few click, it’s very quick & easy. See the¬†Getting Started page.

Il will re-compile all the games asap so you can upgrade your Gamebuino easily ūüôā

Ship it quick, Santa¬†won’t wait!

Last thing: Gamebuinos are now shipped twice a week to make sure you get them in time for Christmas! Reminder of tracked Airmail shipping time: France < 1 week, Europe 1-2 weeks, World 2-4 weeks.

Pro Tip: These are indicative delay, order today to be sure to have your Gamebuino¬†on time ūüôā

Thoughts ? Suggestions ? Share them in the comments!

The BIG update

Hello fellow Gamebuinians,

I haven’t posted on this blog for a while. Partly because I posted on Facebook and Twitter instead (like and follow!). The truth is I was too busy to tell you what was going on here. Now I owe you all a BIG update about what has been happening. Let’s start from the beginning.

I started Gamebuino as a student in engineering, doing this project for fun, on my free time. I wanted to share my love for programming, electronics and video games. I wanted to allow anybody to learn programming with fun. My only goal with the crowd sourcing campaign was to create a small community around these ideas. I wasn’t even sure I could sell one hundred units. So when after a month on Indiegogo, more than a thousand units were sold and 30 000‚ā¨ raised, let me tell you I was both very surprised and really excited. So I gathered my friends and family, and we managed to ship all the units in time. The development was progressing well, and the games list was getting longer. Cool project were popping here and there, Gamebuino clones¬†started to appear. People kept asking to buy a Gamebuino, so I opened the online shop.

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The online Gamebuino shop

By this time, I was still a student. I had my engineering degree going on, and I took extra courses to get a master at the same time. As I felt I wasn’t knowledgeable enough in entrepreneurship to handle Gamebuino growth, I registered to yet another degrees, having classes during evenings and week-ends. I was also working in an adaptive robotics company where I was making innovative 3D vision and gripping solutions, and some other awesome projects I’m not allowed to tell you about. This took me yet another day of the week, and my holydays.

where it all started Where it all started

Then, I spent all the time I had left on Gamebuino. Early in the morning, late in the evening, and on Sundays (often during classes too, but I shouldn’t tell you that as students may be reading…). It wasn’t enough to do everything I wished for the Gamebuino, so I had to address problems by priority. The main problem was quality issues and delays from the providers, it took LOTS of time, but that’s all sorted out now. Assembling, testing and shipping orders was pretty time consuming too, but most of it is outsourced now. Then I had to continue development and help people on the forums. Finally, I posted a few updates every now and then on social medias, but never took the time to do a proper post. That is going to change from now on.

2015-06-29-20-02-49 Gamebuino ready to be packed and shipped

I eventually graduated last September and continued to work in the robotics company full time, thinking it would leave me enough time for Gamebuino. Well, I quickly realized it wasn’t. So I started to work part time at 80%. It’s wasn’t too long before I realized this still wasn’t enough. There were so many things I wanted to do for Gamebuino. That’s why I quit, two months ago. I moved in a dedicated Gamebuino office, and I’m now working full time on the project.

gamebuino office The new Gamebuino office

You’ll ask me, what’s the difference ? Well, for starters products are in stock, and orders are shipping weekly. But’s that’s really not the point. The interesting part is what’s going to happened next. I, or rather “we”, are working on a new project that’s going to be unveiled soon.

Until then, keep making, keep sharing, keep being awesome. And if you want to talk about the future of Gamebuino, let’s meet at the Rome Maker Faire on 13-14-15th October. That’s just the start of the Gamebuino European Tour !

maker faire rome

If you can’t be in Rome, let us know what you think in the comments ūüôā

Discuss in our community

Progress 2014-03-15

We are now getting near 50% of funding! \o/

Please make some noise about the campaign so we can reach our goal and make Gamebuino a reality!

Myndale did a great work on the bootloader, you can now load games for the SD card, you’ll no longer need a computer every time. That’s really neat, convenient, and there is no more memory limitation, as you can split your game in several parts! I’ll take a video next week to show how magic it is!

The development is progressing well, I did the “LOADER” : it’s a browser which allows you to select games from your SD card and load them (thanks to Myndale’s bootloader). I also cleaned the code and added settings to disable some features when you’re short on memory.

I should receive the prototype of the acrylic enclosure soon, I’ll post pictures asap!

Thank you for you support!

loader

 

Get a free Gamebuino !

We want YOUFor now, Gamebuino uses the Arduino UNO bootloader. It works great, but you need a computer every time you want to load a new game. With hybrid USB/SD card bootloader, you could switch between games just by restarting your Gamebuino ! Marvelous, isn’t it ?

That’s why I need YOU, a bad-ass developer, to help me. A guy already did something like that, but I didn’t manage to make it work correctly ¬†yet ūüôĀ

The interesting part is that you’ll GET A FREE GAMEBUINO BEFORE EVERYBODY¬†if you manage to make it work !

More info

About the development progress, I just finished (hopefully final) revision of the hardware.¬†Concerning the library/source code, it’s now online and you can find it here.¬†Now I can continue write examples/games/documentation, and I should post more videos soon ! Kickstarter is getting closer…

Thank you for following Gamebuino !