LimaTek Posted May 31, 2016 Report Share Posted May 31, 2016 Hello Folks! My name is Frank, I'm new to these forums and I'm an embedded software engineer / computer engineer, so you bet I love to build stuff! I decided to design, build and code my own pong machine from the ground up. I studied the Atari 2600 and the like for over 6 months and began construction... I designed the main board to be cost effective and utilizes an 8-bit CPU (True 8-bit pong, none of this 'emulated' stuff!) the board is completely interrupt driven The board allows for only black and white images at this point, and works mainly with NTSC and PAL (composite video). It also allows for single track audio sounds (your simple 'beeps' and 'boops' no multi channel ...yet ) After the board was constructed, I decided to move forward and construct the outside. The entire pong machine chassis is wood and metal, as well as the controller The controller uses a 10k potentiometer tied directly to the 5v and analog input interrupt in the main 8-bit microcontroller so controls respond quickly! There is a fire button (soon to be two) for extra capability for future games like Asteroids and Space Invaders clones!The day it was finished, I grabbed an older TV and debut it at my work place, people loved it! They lined up to play it during their lunch breaks! I decided to call the Pong Machine the 'LimaTek 1'. This is just the beginning for this project, as I would like to grow it more and find an audience for this great little side project. As time goes on, I would eventually like to make more of these units and maybe even sell kits for hobbyists to build artisanal systems for people. Maybe even a Kickstarter - who knows! I would love to get your opinions on this and where I could potentially steer this project. What do you think? Old Meets New https://www.facebook.com/LimaTek2/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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