Author Topic: A USB stick computer  (Read 7834 times)

Poligrafowicz (OP)

A USB stick computer
« on: May 07, 2011, 11:44:48 am »
http://www.geek.com/articles/games/game-developer-david-braben-creates-a-usb-stick-pc-for-25-2011055/

This thing has a lot of potential and the price is very interesting :D

Now someone has to make a case with LCD screen, speakers and buttons for it.

Edit: Not to mention battery.
« Last Edit: May 07, 2011, 11:46:26 am by Poligrafowicz »

ruffnutts

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Re: A USB stick computer
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2011, 11:58:17 am »
Looks and sounds cool me thinks  ;)

SilverhawkBR

Re: A USB stick computer
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2011, 11:29:54 pm »
I would love to get one to mess around  ;D

boxies

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Re: A USB stick computer
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2011, 05:37:05 pm »
i want one

Poligrafowicz (OP)

Re: A USB stick computer
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2011, 07:11:57 pm »
So, it appears that development of this device is moving forward. I'm starting to wonder how one could hack it into a full-fledged handheld.

Powering it shouldn't be much of a problem. Input could be done with some small and cheap usb gamepad (maybe that could also be used as a casing). I have no idea how to plug a LCD screen to HDMI. Modern color LCDs usually work with some hardware drivers? If so that would need powering too. There is some chance Raspberry Pi will have an audio jack so that would help with getting audio. The last step would be "gluing" all this together.

boxies

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Re: A USB stick computer
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2011, 09:51:46 pm »
http://www.raspberrypi.org/

Development does seem to be moving forward.
I have to say that 25 dollars is really cheap.
Youll see contractors trying to raise the money..
With this chip someone could make a realy NICE handheld or home console.
Better than an XBOX 1...

This thing could fly..

bnolsen

Re: A USB stick computer
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2011, 05:04:38 pm »
From what I understand the presense/lack of an L2 cache will make/break this thing.  I guess that's the realy bottleneck on this architecture.

Nice it has a VFP.  Real open source drivers could make this "kick".

boxies

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Re: A USB stick computer
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2011, 05:27:27 pm »
if somebody makes a theme to use this as a home console XD! i buy model B!

Poligrafowicz (OP)

Re: A USB stick computer
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2011, 10:17:58 pm »
It really doesn't require much for working as a home console. You just plug the HDMI to your TV, a gamepad to the USB port (optionally a USB hub),  power source and games on your SD card. Since it will be running a regular version of Linux compiling various emus shouldn't be much of a problem (in case of the non asm ones). ARMs are popular CPUs so there should be a PSX emulator (or even a N64 emulator) for ARM somewhere on the internet.

bnolsen

Re: A USB stick computer
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2011, 11:00:11 pm »
The one problem here of course is that you won't have studios lining up to release on the raspberry pi.   Funny enough that's the only think holding this back.

Perhaps if someone could port XNA or whatever to run on the pi ??

Poligrafowicz (OP)

Re: A USB stick computer
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2011, 08:42:44 am »
XNA would be a bit of a problem. While it is possible to run XNA games on linux, that would only work on a x86 (and x64?) architecture processor. Getting those and all other necessary binaries recompiled for ARM would be next to impossible. A x86 emulator on ARM would be too slow to be usable (at least for running those windows binaries).  On the other hand a HLE for .NET and XNA should be doable, but would probably end up with a lawsuit.

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Re: A USB stick computer
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2011, 11:44:30 pm »
it could be so cool this thing working as a psp. with a psp theme and running games. completly with your game pad.

bnolsen

Re: A USB stick computer
« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2011, 02:30:17 am »
single wired controller or bluetooth with wiimotes and/or ps3 controllers.  Who's going to port the OS, do the interface and write the games?  Port opendingux?  Borrow from pandora?  Leverage one of HTPC interfaces?  What is raspberry pi offering?

Poligrafowicz (OP)

Re: A USB stick computer
« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2011, 10:25:11 am »
Raspberry Pi is right now in Alpha Board stage. The board is much bigger than what they are planning for release. Though it seems they changed they size format. They want it now to be around the size of a credit card.

The device is suppose to run an ARM version of Ubuntu and it has a nice GPU. The CPU is said to be less powerful than the one in Pandora so getting N64 emulator to run nicely might require some more work. Of course all emulators need to be ported first, but it shouldn't be too hard in case of C and C++ ones. There are lots of ARM ASM based emus too, but those probably would need more work too. Its all doable, so it makes the Raspberry Pi a good product (for its price). In fact for that price its an excellent product.

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Re: A USB stick computer
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2011, 06:29:25 pm »
I think they said in the video that is going to be smaller than a credit card and there are too diferent Models. Model A & B, which we have to take in consideration. As for the EMUs and stuff, i would like to turn the OS into a home console or handheld OS. with a gamepad. Mightbe install the games natively but have a program like a PSP or something.