Pi-Cade Complete

by Matt Johnston on January 28, 2013

Today we completed the Pi-Cade.

Pi-Cade Pi-Cade Completed

We were interrupted briefly a small group of Bangor Academy students (who were not in the project group) coming in and marvelling that this sort of thing was being made at their school, in their Technology class.

The problem we had was with the pins-GPIO mapping. The instructions we were using, sourced off the Internet, were incorrect. Through a lot of trial and error and swapping pins about, we managed to figure out where the errors in the mappings were and modify the breadboard accordingly.

The teacher, Mr Pollock, is now taking the new pin layouts and intends to make some PCBs which will make the layouts permanent. As we have another set of joysticks and buttons, the intention is now to make a pretty one.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

john January 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Nice! You should write it up step-by-step for Make or similar.


Vincent August 28, 2014 at 2:44 pm

we if you want the code it’s on my Github



Damien January 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm

That one looks great. I would play more games on my tablet if I had that set-up. Especially the joystick. I suggest the base being a cushioned dinner tray.


Matt Johnston January 28, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Well you can pick up an I-Cade for iPad for £60.

This doesn’t use an iPad though. It uses a £25 Raspberry Pi


Noel mccann August 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Hi matt. I work for clonard monastery youth centre. David crozer put me in touch with you. I have a raspberry pi in our club we have installed some emulators with the hope of building an arcade cabinet. I would like to either get some help from yourself in completing this task or possibly getting you to do a similar thing you completed for bangor academy. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks; noel. Here’s my number as well. 07714626130


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