ASUS Tinker Board: all you need to know

ASUS Tinker Board

ASUS has also joined the Raspberry Pi alternatives with its own SBC (Single Board Computer). And it does so with its ASUS Tinker Board model, a board with higher performance, and somewhat more expensive, than the Pi. Something that could be interesting for those makers who are looking for higher performance for their DIY projects and can’t find it on the Raspi.

However, it also has many similarities with the Raspberry Pi, as the ASUS Tinker Board is also an SBC for assembling your mini PC with which to have a complete computer at a great price and a small size…

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RetroPie: turn your Raspberry Pi into a retro-gaming machine

RetroPie logo

If you’re a fan of retro games, those wonderful classics that never go out of style, then you’re bound to be aware of all those emulators and interesting projects that are springing up around the Raspberry Pi. Another of those projects to enjoy retrogaming is RetroPie, and of which I will reveal all the keys.

The truth is that there is more and more interest in this type of project, since the community of users who are passionate about these video games from past platforms keeps growing. In fact, even some manufacturers like SEGA or Atari have decided to give a second chance to some of their past machines to meet this huge demand…

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Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 8 GB now available

Chip 8GB Raspberry Pi 4

The Raspberry Pi 4 is updated, and now exceeds the 4GB limit imposed in the previous versions of the Model B of this SBC. You can now purchase the Rasbperry Pi 4 Model B 8GB for about $75. This is a very impressive main memory figure that will allow you to run more processes faster.

Almost a year after Raspberry Pi 4 was launched, the intense work of its developers is once again yielding results to satisfy the most demanding users. The Pi 4 has already been a success, with nearly 3 million units sold, in its 1GB, 2GB and 4GB versions. I am sure that this new SBC with 8 GB will contribute to the further growth of this figure.

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RecalBox: the ultimate retro gaming platform

recalbox

If you are looking for a complete system to set up your own multimedia and entertainment center, then RecalBox is the definitive project you need. A system that you can install on your Raspberry Pi and have a cheap device with which to spend long hours of entertainment in your living room or private entertainment room.

If you read OS Hardware, you must know that there are many possibilities for retro gaming, from some components to assemble your home arcade machine, to many other alternatives to RecalBox itself. All for recovering those classic retro machine games from Nintendo, Atari, and more. Real jewels that don’t stop attracting gamers…

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Atomic Pi: Muscularized version of the Raspberry Pi for the most demanding

Atomic Pi

There are many SBC plates on the market to rival the original Raspberry Pi. Some are also based on ARM, but there are others that use x86 chips, like the Atomic Pi. This allows them to have superior performance in some cases, as well as being able to use all the binaries and operating systems that you can use in a normal PC. However, they still maintain a small footprint and an affordable price.

Specifically, the Atomic Pi from DLI Direct uses an Intel Atom X5-Z8350 microprocessor. This allows it to have a higher performance than the official Raspberry Pi Raspberry Pi. So, if you are looking for a superior performance that the Raspi doesn’t give you, you can buy this other board…

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Batocera: the operating system for retrogaming

Batocera logo

There are more and more fans of retrogaming, that is, all those retro or classic video game titles that never go out of style. That’s why there are also more and more developers creating projects to meet the needs of these passionate users. An example of these projects is precisely Batocera, the operating system that I will present in this article.

In other articles we have already commented on this interesting topic, such as the best emulators for the Raspberry Pi board to create your cheap gaming machine, or some other devices and components that you can use as drivers (joysticks) or controllers for this type of arcade machines typical of the arcade machines of the 80s and 90s. If you are interested in the subject, I invite you to continue reading this and those other articles to learn more…

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NOOBS: operating systems for your Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has been developing its project to launch new board models and also to improve the software, among its efforts are also the official operating systems that you can install on the SD card of your SBC. One of those efforts is embodied in the project known as NOOBS.

In June 2013 this NOOBS application arrived on the web, and you’re going to love it if you have a Raspberry Pi and want to try out several operating systems without the hassle of having to remove one to install another from your SD memory card. This project makes it easy for you to have them all and select the one you want to boot with…

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GPIO: all about Raspberry Pi 4 and 3 connections

Raspberry Pi 4 GPIO

The GPIO pins of the Raspberry Pi 4 board, the 3, and also of its predecessors, give the SBC board similar capabilities to those that Arduino can have, since with them you can create very interesting electronic projects controlled from the operating system through code in different languages, such as Python.

That makes the board more than just a cheap computer. It will allow you to connect a lot of electronic elements that you can use with Arduino, but that can also be controlled from the Pi. In this guide I will try to give you as much information as possible about these GPIO pins so that you can start taking advantage of them…

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Joystick Arcade: the best game controllers for your retro projects

joystick arcade

There are a lot of arcade joystick controllers for video games on the market, some of them for DIY arcade machines, such as those compatible with boards like the Raspberry Pi or with Arduino. They don’t have a high price, so they turn out to be a very interesting device to manage your projects and enjoy them like a child.

Choosing the best of these arcade joysticks is no easy task, as there are many of them, and sometimes the differences between them are conspicuous by their absence. But there are some whose small details can make the difference. If you are interested, you can read on to find out what these controllers are, and how to choose the best ones.

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The best emulators for Raspberry Pi

There are a lot of fans of retro or classic games. Gamers who have lived in the golden age of the mythical game consoles like Atari, or arcade bartop games from arcades and bars, or have handled historical computers like Commodore64, Spectrum, etc., will surely continue to have the worm of using emulators to be …

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