Turn You Calculator into a Game Boy

Turn You Calculator into a Game Boy

Range Govindan
Nov 18, 2008

We've all done it. Wasted time on a calculator when we should be studying. I remember whole classes spent on the little minesweeper game I had on my HP 48. We guess that Mark spent part of his time in a similar, which is why he decided to put a whole Game Boy inside a TI-83 calculator. Read on to find out more.

Mark Bowers goes into details on how he inserted a Game Boy into his calculator. Calculators can be hacked to do a lot of cool things, but this is the first time that we've seen anyone put a whole Game Boy into one. Bowers actually used a Game Boy Color to fit into the calculator.

He even mapped the TI-83s 4-way directional pad and other keys to the Game Boy control buttons. Apparently the screen suffers from a bit of letterboxing on the sides, because the GB display is somewhat smaller. There is also a bulging underside containing the batteries. But other than that, this is one sweet build.

We wish we would have thought about something like this to pass the time in our boring classes. Check out Mark's site filled with photos and instructions on how to proceed yourself. Without a doubt, this is one of the coolest uses of recycled technology. Instead of letting your old Game Boy rot away while you play the DS, try making something with it. This is a really nice build intended for DIY enthusiasts who know their way around electronics. [via Make]

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