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CircuitHub launches group buys with build of GamingCape

by Jason Kridner

TL;DR - $99 BeagleBone Black GamingCape from CircuitHub

In last year's TI intern contest, Max Thrun amazed us with his incredible video of the making of the GamingCape that turned a BeagleBone Black into a handheld-gaming console running on AAA batteries. If you are like me, you immediately wanted one of your own. I ran out and bought a few PCBs from OSHPark, sourced parts from Digi-Key and started assembling some boards. A few months later, as you can see, I still don't have it 100% assembled.

Well, I'm here to ask for your help in fixing this problem! I uploaded Max's open hardware design to CircuitHub and they launched a new tool enabling us to go in together on a board build. This means we can use our combined purchasing power to lower the cost of buying the components and justifying the time it takes to setup machines to do the assembly. While Max's assembly skills are mesmerizing, they aren't going to put many boards in people's hands.

Thanks to CircuitHub's new group buy campaign tool, instead of spending about $1,000 on just a single board assembly, we are each able to buy one for under $100! If more people buy them, the price might even go down further, so encourage your friends to buy one too. So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to the group buy campaign and turn your BeagleBone into a handheld gaming device too!

Note that this is a group purchase and not an off-the-shelf product. Max has done much of the hard work in designing and testing this board, but it isn't necessarily perfect. I'll be working with CircuitHub over the next few weeks to fix issues that Max has pointed out. Join the Disqus conversation on the page to help us hammer out the details, visit Max's page to review the design materials and join the fun.

Now how about watching that video just one more time...

Last updated by on Sat Nov 15 2014 04:53:52 GMT-0000 (UTC).