The PolyMega seems to be built atop a set of blocks.
Now, one would think from the size of these blocks, that each of these blocks would contain necessary hardware to emulate each system. The response from the team is that this is not the case.
So each big block of plastic is essentially nothing more than a set of connectors, for cart and joystick ports.
One thing very much missing from the renders is the connector for this setup.
So extrapolating from this, you need to do the engineering on this connector:
As a systems designer, I would enumerate my options:
* Parallel bus, lots of connections, need bigger connector, more pins, and need to buffer bus signals, etc... SoC's in the agreed price range have lots of GPIO... but.. meh. This isn't 1985, we have better options.
* Serial bus, we can shove bits _really_ fast, now. and thus, use some combination of existing USB, I2C, and SPI to provide system interconnects, lots of existing systems support, easy to set up.
Ok, what about connectors? Now that the connector is tiny, you suddenly have potential stress tolerance problems because now you're plugging this relatively big box in proportion to your connector into the system unit. Time to apply some basic fucking engineering, parameters must be adjusted:
* size of the connector. Do they surround a USB connector with a big hunk of plastic? Do they make a totally custom USB connector? Do they repurpose existing connectors?
* or what about we change the size of the box to make it proportional to the connector? (nobody ever thinks of this, oddly enough)
And all of this MUST be solved with an eye towards mass production, what systems are being used to assemble the board? If you make a custom connector, is your factory going to be able to assemble it on the line? Or are you going to have to subcontract out somebody else to assemble the connectors? All this stuff burns money.
All these fucking renobs do the same stupid mistakes over and over, "Get the damn renders done, make it look good, and we'll worry about how to actually produce a fucking prototype later."
"But what about mass production?"
"What ABOUT mass production? If we can make the prototype, we can handle the mass production."
I have ACTUALLY HEARD THOSE WORDS FROM PEOPLE IN CHARGE.
And at that point, is when I shake my head, and walk away, because that's when I know that person is brain damaged.
Edited by tschak909, Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:41 PM.