It was time to improve the performance of this Raspberry C64 Pi computer by adding the official regulated fan to the case. I also added a USB audio adapter to improve the sound quality. With these two inexpensive upgrades, the Raspberry Pi performs much better and the audio quality is much improved.
Running A Raspberry Pi 4 in a C64 case with fully functional keyboard and USB hub.
I integrated a Raspberry Pi 4 into a Commodore C64 Maxi case. The Pi uses the integrated keyboard and the USB hub. An integrated power supply provides power to both, the Pi and the C64, which now run in parallel. The Raspberry Pi boots from an internal SSD drive, turning this machine into a full desktop computer that can also run Retro Pi for true retro gaming.
- The C64 Maxi
- Raspberry Pi 4 with 4GGB RAM
- 2.5″ Western Digital 240GB SSD
- StarTech 2.5″ SATA to USB 3.0 Adapter
- Mean Well NES-35-5, 5V 7A, Power Supply
- Adafruit HDMI Round Panel Mount Plug
- Adafruit RJ-45 Ethernet Round Panel Mount Adapter Plug
- Adafruit Panel Mount Stereo Audio Extension Cable
- Raspberry Pi Micro HDMI to Standard HDMI Cable
- JST, PH, B4B, 4 Way, 1 Row, Straight PCB Header
- JST, PH, B2B, 2 Way, 1 Row, Straight PCB Header
- Bulgin BZM27/Z0000/53B Power Switch
The technical drawings are available here.raspberry-c64-pi-mounting-plate
My new podcast series is now live!
I started a new podcast series on Human-Robot Interaction. Have a look at the website to follow the latest episodes. I interview experts in the field and discuss technical, ethical and psychological issues around HRI.
A holonomic robot uses omni-directional wheels to drive and turn in any direction on the spot. Agilis is an example of an early LEGO holonomic robot. My model is much simpler and robust. Essential to all holonomic robots are the use of omni-directional wheel, such as the the ones from Rotacaster. I am using a compass sensor to allow the robot to be remote controlled on an absolute grid using Connexion’s Space Navigator. This 3D input devices can be mapped to the unique movements and rotations of a holonomic robot.
You can play TicTacToe with this LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robot. It uses three motors to drop the balls into the right field. It uses a NXTCam to view the board and then calculates the best move using a MiniMax Algorithm. All future moves are explored an rated according to their winning chances. The work is based on the TicTacToe code of Thomas Kaffka. An IR sensor detects your hand when you drop your ball. The robot is using red balls and the human player uses blue balls. The Java code is available over at Github. The building instructions are available for LEGO Digital Designer. I used the MinuteBot baseplate, which is useful for building static Technic/Mindstorms models.
LDD does not have all the required pars in its database. You will have to replace 22961 with 27940. You will also need to add a worm wheel 27938. In addition you should use a lamp to provide consistent lighting. I used a USB powered LED circular lamp the can be powered through the USB port of the EV3. I only had to take out the lens in the middle so that the camera fits through the hole. A rubber band holds the light in place. To calibrate the robot I added a little arm at the end of the base plate against which the robot arm rotates. The position of the camera can be centered on the board using the wrench and through sliding along the axles.
You can also find information about the robot over at Rebrickable. The inventory there is correct and complete. Except for the base plate of course.