What is this? A game system for ANTS?
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Welcome to the Arduboy Nano, a fully function mobile game system that’s smaller than an inch tall! (26mm for everyone else)
Featuring a 0.49" OLED display with 64x32 pixels, it is powered by the same ATmega 32u4 microcontroller that is used on the Arduboy. All of the pinouts remain the same, although the display uses i2c protocol and less pixels, all of the existing games are code compatible. Shrink down your favorite Arduboy game!
It has the smallest little 25mAh lithium polymer battery that will last a little more than an hour. Also a tiny 15mm piezo speaker, that due to it’s small size is very quiet.
Here are a couple shots of the first prototype:
Originally using the bare pcb to make contact with the USB, I opted for an actual connector for more robust connection.
The case is (obviously) 3d printed from 3 peices that slide together to complete the enclosure. The buttons were also painstakingly printed at 2mm/s in order to retain their delicate shape while printing.
A giant hat tip goes out to the folks over at Tiny Circuits. This design is entirely based on something that Ben Rose made and showed me at Maker Faire 5 years ago. I’ve been waiting for them to do something with it, but I couldn’t hold back any longer! The people must know!
The game is Space Trash, which is included as an example within the u8glib library. I loaded it up and “just worked” so that beat the heck out of me developing a whole game for this resolution just to show off the tech. I added beeps and fixed the button logic behavior, but funny enough it’s designed for Arduboy pinouts already!
Currently there are no plans to produce this but if it goes bananas online, I’ll consider finding someone to help me turn this into a real product. Keychain anyone?
p.s. I have a load of extra PCB’s if people would like to build for themselves, let me know and I can throw them up on the store for a few bucks. Probably send like 3 of them at a time, because shipping is a flat cost. Kinda expensive, but they were for me too being 4 layer 0.6mm with ENIG surface.
What do you think, viable platform?
UPDATE: DIY Kit now In-Stock!