I’ll start with Xtron Pro which seems like a first next-gen Arcade board.
At this moment it’s available through a Kickstarter campaign, which is active 3 more days. Beside usual board features it has WiFi (ESP32), text to speech and speech recognition, multiple game storage, NES emulator, detachable screen which can be used as a smartwatch etc.
We’re already having a lot of fun with Kittenbot’s Meowbit where we’re reusing hardware for micro:bit but Xtron Pro sparkled a lot of new ideas like changing game environment based on time of day or weather, saving game result or progress online, screen rotating as game mechanic etc.
Another thing I’m looking forward to is an Arcade shield for micro:bit V2:
That’s so cool! The really nice tech even though I know nothing about that stuff. I know nothing of hardware. I want one of those now. I’m going to ask that for my b-day. The mechanic stuff and all that in the video looks super cool too
Yeah, the xtron pro looks cool! I backed for one one of the kits. Few things to note for anyone who is looking at this
- depending on your browser settings, it might default to showing rates in CAD instead of USD
- just a general reminder that kickstarter is not strictly speaking a store, but a platform for supporting new things (Their docs on the matter are pretty good). I dont mean that to dissuade anyone, just to make sure anyone looking at it is aware that there may be delays / changes / etc.
Just went through the info on the Xtron Pro, and mad props to Dr. Ball, @shakao, @richard, @darzu, and the rest of the MakeCode team on presenting at and getting published by the ACM! That’s awesome!