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FEZ Game-O, an open-source console

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Posted 2 years ago
by Gary | Employee | 0 exp
Posted 2 years ago
by Gary | Employee | 0 exp
GHI Electronics believes in the importance of education and the quality of nurturing future generations. The all new FEZ Game-O is a programmable handheld console that lets developers develop applications using Microsoft Visual Studio with C# and Visual Basic. Developers and students learning how to program on the FEZ Game-O can use the same knowledge to develop applications for computers. Similarly, developers that already know C# and Visual Basic (.NET) already know how to program FEZ Game-O.

Not only is it easy to code but having .NET Micro Framework at its core allows the device to be programmed using just a USB cable. Debugging is also supported over USB, from breakpoints and stepping in code to inspecting variables and invoking commands.

We made FEZ Game-O even more awesome by making it all open source! Advanced users can show off their skills by tweaking the core software and even connect JTAG to run native software, using their favorite IDE or even use GCC with command line. We also invite the entire community to continue this open platform and write open source applications and games.

The core of FEZ Game-O is a 32-bit 168Mhz Cortex-M4 processor, STM32F407. This powerful little microcontroller is capable of running all kinds of arcade games and even a software 3D rendering. Advanced users can take advantage of the RLP feature, which allows native code to be invoked from within C# or Visual Basic.

FEZ Game-O is a hacker-friendly device. We want you to open it! Inside, you will find a MicroSD socket, a placement to solder a Bluetooth module (not included) and few IOs. We did not forget about JTAG/SWD and kept it available.

We are releasing FEZ Game-O on Kickstarter, a crowdfunding platform. You can pledge to help us out and be among the very first people to receive one of the best educational tools available, FEZ Game-O. Coding will be more fun than ever before!

Kickstarter campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1359959821/open-source-programmable-hand-held-console
.NET Micro Framework: https://www.ghielectronics.com/technologies/.net-micro-framework
FEZ Game-O: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/448
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Reply #1 — Posted 2 years ago
by Architect | Immortal | 170,099 exp
Reply #1 — Posted 2 years ago
by Architect | Immortal | 170,099 exp
Pledged
Reply #2 — Posted 2 years ago
by Gary | Employee | 0 exp
Reply #2 — Posted 2 years ago
by Gary | Employee | 0 exp
@Architect - Thank you! Smiley
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Reply #3 — Posted 2 years ago
by Justin | Legend | 75,218 exp
Reply #3 — Posted 2 years ago
by Justin | Legend | 75,218 exp
@Architect - Surely with your name in Pink you should have gone for a different option Whistling
Reply #4 — Posted 2 years ago
by Architect | Immortal | 170,099 exp
Reply #4 — Posted 2 years ago
by Architect | Immortal | 170,099 exp
Ha-ha, right.
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Reply #5 — Posted 2 years ago
by devhammer | Legend | 46,802 exp
Reply #5 — Posted 2 years ago
by devhammer | Legend | 46,802 exp
Backed. In black. Smiley
Reply #6 — Posted 2 years ago
by Gary | Employee | 0 exp
Reply #6 — Posted 2 years ago
by Gary | Employee | 0 exp
@devhammer - Thank you! Smiley
Reply #7 — Posted 2 years ago
by ddurant | Senior | 2,756 exp
Reply #7 — Posted 2 years ago
by ddurant | Senior | 2,756 exp
Black costs $20 more than white? Really??
Reply #8 — Posted 2 years ago
by Gary | Employee | 0 exp
Reply #8 — Posted 2 years ago
by Gary | Employee | 0 exp
@ddurant - Black and pink are the limited edition colors. If you look at the available amounts, we aren't releasing nearly as many black and pink as we are white.
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Reply #9 — Posted 2 years ago
by ianlee74 | Superhuman | 99,704 exp
Reply #9 — Posted 2 years ago
by ianlee74 | Superhuman | 99,704 exp
Backed in black!

I just noticed something about this that I really do not like, however. From the third picture above, it looks like the GameO uses a custom USB cable instead of a standard micro or even mini USB port on the device end? WHY Huh I don't need another cable on my desk.

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