Session:MAKERbuino DIY game console building session

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Description Build your own MAKERbuino game console (kids session, ages 11+)
Type Workshop
Kids session Yes
Keyword(s) hardware, game, embedded
Tags Arduino, DIY, Game console, MakerBuino
Processing assembly Assembly:HardwareHackingArea
Person organizing User:Nh cham
Language de - German, en - English
de - German, en - English
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Starts at 2017/12/30 10:00
Ends at 2017/12/30 13:00
Duration 180 minutes
Location Assembly:HardwareHackingArea

Let's build a game console!

What is a MAKERbuino? Basically, it's an Arduino with a screen + clicky buttons + a speaker + a battery in a nice acrylic casing that you can play games with. It's the DIY version of the original Gamebuino.

Check out the specs: 84x48 pixels (black and white), 16 MHz, 32k flash, 2k RAM, 1k EEPROM.

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Kit sale

I'll bring 20 kits on day 2 and you'll be able to buy them in the HardwareHackingArea.

The kit price is 39 €. The building session takes place on day 4 (Dec 30) from 10 am to 1 pm (also in the HardwareHackingArea).

This is a kids session

This is a session intended for kids (11+). I know that kids are usually not interested in as many talks as grown-ups, so there's a potentially high demand for fun stuff to do for kids at 34C3. For this reason, the MAKERbuino kits are intended to be built by 1. kids and 2. non-kids (everybody else).

If you're a grown-up, you're most welcome to join the session! Build your own kit if there are any kits left or even better consider helping us out if you already have some basic soldering experience.

1. Timek
2. Kirill
3. Paul
4. David
5. Maike
6. Anatoli
7. Stefan

I know we all want to be super spontaneous all the time but with kids, sometimes a little planning comes in handy.

The building session

On day 4, from 10 am to 1 pm, we'll meet up in the HardwareHackingArea to build the kit. Mitch kindly provides space and the necessary equipment.

I'll bring some additional parts:

  • printed build guides
  • softer buttons (130 gf) you can use instead of the default buttons (260 gf)
  • lots of colorful button caps
  • lots of colorful straps (yes, the MAKERbuino has a strap)
  • a couple of multiplayer cables
  • spare parts

Kids from age 11 should be able to do it in 4.5 hours, however we only have 3 hours. But don't rush it, after 3 hours you'll have finished the hardest parts and you'll be able to do the rest on your own.


  • If you're a kid, bring a parent if you can!
  • If you've never soldered before, build a small kit before building a MAKERbuino. There's plenty of opportunity at 34C3 to gain basic soldering experience the days before the session, for example:
  • The build guide is written in English, but don't let that stop you from signing up your kids even if they're not fluent in English. It's not that hard, there are lots of photos in the build guide and we're there to help!

After you've finished your MAKERbuino

Once your kit is built, you can:

  • Play games! The kit comes with a SD card pre-loaded with lots of games.
  • Make games! Here's a guide and the API reference.
  • Hack it! For this, you need a GPIO expander board that connects to the MAKERbuino's I2C bus. Here's a guide. (the GPIO expander board is not part of the kit but it can be obtained for cheap, google for PCF8574)
  • Connect multiple MAKERbuinos to play multiplayer games