Arduboy Mini [Kickstarter Funded!]

It’s also a design study to a smaller form factor. The $5 Arduboy will probably be about this size with a case. But it would have an LCD. I like the keychain idea. Unfortunately it’s very cost prohibitive to have hard plastic or metal parts made that need a mold and minimum order quantity.


My fingers are crying at the thought of trying to press the buttons.


It’s not like if there’s that many game that you’d play more than 15 minutes per session anyway so you should be alright.

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It looks so nice but I won’t buy it without a shell or speakers.


That is so awesome to finally see in a photo!!

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Not bad at all. Ye’ of little faith! You’ll remember I designed the Arduboy after all and faced similar criticism the whole time. If you trust me, this is good. I believe my standards for ergonomics are higher than most.

That’s also why I chose to demo San-San as the game requires rolling button presses on the D-Pad in conjunction with the A-Button, one of the harder moves to make on a controller.

Maybe someone else in the community can make a side business selling upverted minis with these parts! :wink:


Please do this for the ICSP header! :upside_down_face:


Yeah I saw that! unfortunately I don’t have room for that on the front side as that’s a dual side footprint.

Not even sure I’ll have routing space to do a standard header either. Sorry folks!

Well now i want one lol. That little guy is awesome.

How about 3 pads on one side, 3 on the other, people can jam their 2x3 connector sideways around the PCB?

You already got reset and all the SPI signals right at the top edge with that ROM chip.

For routing, VCC can be left out (people will have to power it with the battery or USB), plus that makes it safer-ish with the male header (or female header with a male-male “adapter” pin set left in).

Route them behind the OLED to the top edge?

Also, your timing is hilarious… I was gonna wait a bit longer to show&tell but this is too good.

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Me too! 

For expansion headers and easy ISCP access you’ll want to get the Arduboy XL

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Waaaaaaay ahead. (check other topic in homemade :wink: )

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:confused: I have so many toys, but I kinda want this one too… stupid and sexy arduboy

Is it about the same thickness as the regular Arduboy? It is difficult to tell from the photos. Would be nice if there was a speaker + case. Maybe someone can design a case to 3D print?

Looks like it might be more comfortable to play than the PocketSprite :smiley:


This is amazing!
Looks like the one I’m doing, but just in size :stuck_out_tongue: other than that, this is way more pulished and advanced!

Great work!

@bateske Can you share the part number of those buttons? Can I order them on aliexpress?

A huge thanks!

Search on Aliexpress for silent button and you’ll find them. I bought a bag of 50 before. I also bought some of the NES color themed ones but those never arrived :joy:

Thank you both! I just finished my order :slight_smile:

Now, I just need to wait a month :stuck_out_tongue:

A cool thing could be to add a mini jack connector to be able to plug a stereo headset and have sound in the transport with this little jewel

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