A nice build log of ZeroBoy portable retropie project, that is available on Github:
You know when you see something and it give you instant inspiration and you also see a few ways you would also improve it. The thing I seen was wonky resistor score zero it’s basically a raspberry pi “hat” that has buttons in the layout of a nes controller. What I first thought was to make my own “hat” but flip it 180 degrees and add pass though pins so I could add a screen on top of that. Joint me below for my journey I went though.
The PCWorld website posted an article about the open hardware Olimex OLinuXino single board computer. The article compares it to the Raspberry Pi, noting that the while Raspberry Pi hypes their board as open hardware, they have not released their CAD files or complete schematics yet and utilize components that are not available in small quantities. Olimex designed the OLinuXino board to address some of these concerns. All CAD files and complete schematics are available and they use an easy to find CPU. They use the Creative Commons Share-Alike license for all hardware and the GNU GPL license for all software associated with the OLinXino. The board uses a faster CPU than the Raspberry Pi and runs Android, debian, and other GNU/Linux distros. They also tout the board as being noise immune and working in industrial environments with a temperature range of -25 C to 85 C. The OLinuXino uses the standard nano-ITX form factor. The board is priced at 45 Euros (about $57). One point where we’d have to say the Raspberry Pi wins is on the name. It’s unclear how to pronounce OLinuXino, which can’t be good from a marketing standpoint.
So what about the actual specifications?
A13 Cortex A8 processor at 1GHz, 3D Mali400 GPU
512 MB RAM
6-16VDC input power supply, noise immune design
3 + 1 USB hosts, 3 available for users, 1 leads to onboard pinout
1 USB OTG which can power the board
SD-card connector for booting the Linux image
VGA video output
LCD signals available on connector so you still can use LCD if you diasble VGA/HDMI
RTC PCF8536 on board for real time clock and alarms
5 Keys on board for android navigation
UEXT connector for connecting addtional UEXT modules like Zigbee, Bluetooth, Relays, etc
GPIO connector with 68/74 pins and these signals:
17 for adding NAND flash;
22 for connecting LCDs;
20+4 including 8 GPIOs which can be input, output, interrupt sources;