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FEZ Game-O, an open-source console
Employee
9 months ago
Exp:   hardware / software   |   Own:   None
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
Superhuman with 139,297 exp
9 months ago
Exp:   Excellent hardware / Excellent software   |   Own:   CANxtra, Cerb40, Cerberus, Cerbot, Cerbuino, ChipworkX, Cobra II, Domino, EMX, G120, G400, Game-O, Hydra, Lynx, Medusa, Mini, Mountaineer, Panda, Panda II, Raptor, Rhino, Spider
Pledged
Employee
9 months ago
Exp:   hardware / software   |   Own:   None
@Architect - Thank you! Smiley
Legend with 50,490 exp
9 months ago
Exp:   Excellent hardware / Excellent software   |   Own:   Cerberus, Cerbot, Cobra, G120, G400, Hydra, Mountaineer, Spider
@Architect - Surely with your name in Pink you should have gone for a different option Whistling
Superhuman with 139,297 exp
9 months ago
Exp:   Excellent hardware / Excellent software   |   Own:   CANxtra, Cerb40, Cerberus, Cerbot, Cerbuino, ChipworkX, Cobra II, Domino, EMX, G120, G400, Game-O, Hydra, Lynx, Medusa, Mini, Mountaineer, Panda, Panda II, Raptor, Rhino, Spider
Ha-ha, right.
King with 22,659 exp
9 months ago
Exp:   Good hardware / Excellent software   |   Own:   Cerberus, Cerbot, Cobra II, Game-O, Hydra, Medusa, Spider
Backed. In black. Smiley
Employee
9 months ago
Exp:   hardware / software   |   Own:   None
@devhammer - Thank you! Smiley
Senior with 2,736 exp
9 months ago
Exp:   Basic hardware / Excellent software   |   Own:   Panda, Panda II, Spider
Black costs $20 more than white? Really??
Employee
9 months ago
Exp:   hardware / software   |   Own:   None
@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.
Legend with 73,146 exp
9 months ago
Exp:   Good hardware / Excellent software   |   Own:   Cerberus, Cerbot, Cerbuino, EMX, G120, G400, Game-O, Hydra, Medusa, Mini, Mountaineer, Panda, Panda II, Raptor, Rhino
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??? I don't need another cable on my desk.

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