Friday, May 23, 2008

I Have An Idea

Did you ever have a crazy idea but not know how to build it? I have lots of crazy ideas that never get invented; this is mostly because I don't have the skills or tools to make something real. But I recently came up with an idea for a 3 inch monochrome LCD screen with an AVR. I would use the AVR to control the graphics controller and I would add some kind of button interface. If I was working on this by myself I would probably have trouble getting the LCD screen programmed.

I like to call this the "Customizable Gamer". I would create tons of different games for it by using a variety of line and shape algorithms. It would be like a customizable Game Boy that anyone could hack. If I was building games by myself I could probably only make a hand full of games a year, but if I had some help I could create exponentially more games and graphics.

I am going to use the LCD screen on the Liquidware store as a starting point for this invention. Once I get this running, it could be an endless source of entertainment. If anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to add to the design on

Happy Hacking


Matt said...

Ha! That's funny ... I was just looking online and over at Make at some of the cool platforms for gaming out there that are open source. Many of them seem to be pcb only, without the screens.

Mike said...

Yeah, I want to build something that is basically a hack-able Game Boy with Atari style games. As more people begin to use it we could start building more complex games, like Mario or Zelda style games.