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Posted Thu Mar 7, 2019 10:23 AM

Sometimes thinking up crazy ideas can lead to new and usable products... down the line.  Over the past couple of years we've ended up with UberGROMS and FinalGROMS for the cartridge port, TIPI's and other stuff that works with the side port... 

 

... but what about the joystick port & video port?

 

I'm sure a new plug & play device could be devised that works with them.  The joystick port could be the connection point for the new and yet unknown item, while the RF port could be used to steal some power (if necessary). 

 

... but what would this item be?

 

Activate your imaginations!  What do we not yet have?  What would be cool to have?  Maybe by this time next year we could have the next new thing to play with.



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Posted Thu Mar 7, 2019 1:06 PM

New homebrew software that makes use of the MBX hardware would be pretty cool, but I guess it is way too complicated and the target group is also too small.



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Posted Thu Mar 7, 2019 1:18 PM

New homebrew software that makes use of the MBX hardware would be pretty cool, but I guess it is way too complicated and the target group is also too small.

 

There could be lots of things, simple to large and everything in between.  With the right software on the TI, anything is possible and with all of the modern modular gadgets like Arduinos, Beaglebone Blacks, I2C devices the sky is the limit.  I just know SOMEBODY here will have THE idea!



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Posted Thu Mar 7, 2019 2:06 PM

New homebrew software that makes use of the MBX hardware would be pretty cool, but I guess it is way too complicated and the target group is also too small.

What i want to see is a hardware replacement for the mbx, probably Raspberry Pi based.

It would need to interface like the original through connections to the jostick and CS1 port, but i really don't see why it could not theoretically be done by a skilled/willing enough programmer.

The Pi even has touch screen support, so we could layout the mbx's system buttons and overlay graphics and have the user touch the desired spot to activate the correct button.


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Posted Thu Mar 7, 2019 2:21 PM

 

The Pi even has touch screen support, so we could layout the mbx's system buttons and overlay graphics and have the user touch the desired spot to activate the correct button.

 

Hey, that is kind of a cool idea!  It would be smaller than an MBX, so more practical to use, and with an LCD touch display, no need for physical overlays.

Since it's in a Pi, it could also be tasked for numerous other ideas... yet to be mentioned... or even thought of.



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Posted Thu Mar 7, 2019 2:21 PM

If we connect the video and joystick ports to a RPi it could analyze the video and play games for you automatically.  :)



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Posted Thu Mar 7, 2019 2:29 PM

What's inside the MBX anyway? I can't recall ever getting a good look...



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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2019 10:34 AM

IIRC, I think a couple of years ago, someone had a nifty way of using the joystick port to talk to an I2C device.  If that could be software paired/enabled with the TIPI, it could lead to some useful stuff.  I can think of a few applications already.



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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2019 12:20 PM

Has anyone tried to use a car monitor as screen for the TI?

 

https://www.ebay.com...ra/322209112360



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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2019 12:27 PM

spoiler:

 

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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2019 12:28 PM

Has anyone tried to use a car monitor as screen for the TI?

 

https://www.ebay.com...ra/322209112360

 

 

That's pretty nitfy and cheap!  It's pretty small though, but even then for the portability aspects it's cool... and the power to run it could be taken off the TI itself.

 

Thanks for the heads up!

 

 

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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2019 12:32 PM

Has anyone tried to use a car monitor as screen for the TI?

 

https://www.ebay.com...ra/322209112360

 

yes I got one and use it on my workbench as well..  after someone demo'd it at the chicago group  



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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2019 12:36 PM

 

yes I got one and use it on my workbench as well..  after someone demo'd it at the chicago group  

 

Greg, have you taken power for it off the 5 pin DIN on the back of the TI?  It seems like making an adapter for this screen that supplies power and video might sell a couple.  If you are up to it, I'll buy one.



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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2019 12:42 PM

Sorry for my blurry camera  "COOLPIX L20" :thumbsdown: .

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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2019 12:43 PM

I believe Alan (OLD CS1) brought one with him to demo a project at the Chicago Faire a couple of years ago.

 

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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2019 1:12 PM

To the guys who have one of these screens, what do you use for audio?  Since I have one on the way...



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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2019 1:28 PM

 

Greg, have you taken power for it off the 5 pin DIN on the back of the TI?  It seems like making an adapter for this screen that supplies power and video might sell a couple.  If you are up to it, I'll buy one.

 

I should try that.. the video cables I have don't break out those pins but I'm sure I can make something pretty easy recycling a rf modulator cable, as I have a GIANT BOX of those..



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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2019 1:39 PM

 

I should try that.. the video cables I have don't break out those pins but I'm sure I can make something pretty easy recycling a rf modulator cable, as I have a GIANT BOX of those..

 

Excellent!  I'm sure it'll work as you have the monitor to test it on.   The cable does not have to be too long as I plan to set the monitor on the TI itself.  A provision for audio out in the adapter would be nice too.  Let me know when it's done and I'll send you the money!  THANKS!

 

For a cheap little monitor, maybe these << cheap little speakers >> would be adequate?

 

NOTE: Since you are wiring these up, a female stereo out (even though it's mono) would make it compatible with most speakers out there.



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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2019 2:55 PM

Sorry for my blurry camera  "COOLPIX L20" :thumbsdown: .



Impressive (and way over my head). :D

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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2019 3:00 PM

Not too far over, I'm sure. :)



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Posted Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:02 AM

 

I should try that.. the video cables I have don't break out those pins but I'm sure I can make something pretty easy recycling a rf modulator cable, as I have a GIANT BOX of those..

 

It's getting here faster than I thought it would.  Looks like I'll have to get the unmodified console out of the closet sooner than later.

Once I get the adapter I'll be in business.

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Posted Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:30 PM

Getting a stock backup console ready for the micro monitor...

... still have not figured out what I'll do for sound, prefer something external and plug in ready, but really small.  Anyone have any ideas?

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Posted Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:30 AM

Getting a stock backup console ready for the micro monitor...

... still have not figured out what I'll do for sound, prefer something external and plug in ready, but really small.  Anyone have any ideas?

 

I got one of these, works great, uses usb power to charge internal battery:  https://www.amazon.c...=gateway&sr=8-3good sound quality and loud

also the dollar store has little speakers, no vol control tho takes AAA batteries.. had both at PRGE.. 



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Posted Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:48 AM

I'll check it out. Thanks.

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Posted Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:54 AM

You mean that little micro monitor mentioned earlier does not have a speaker at all?

If the red is power, and the yellow is video, what is the white jack for?






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