Developer hacks Raspberry Pi to play Super Nintendo games
petRockBlog founder Florian has made the Raspberry Pi even cooler by creating an adapter for the mini-computer that’s capable of playing old-school 16-bit and 8-bit Nintendo games.
In his blog post describing his project, Florian lists several key tasks he had to perform to make the Pi SNES-ready, such as creating a hardware controller interface, building a case that can contain the Pi and connect to traditional SNES controllers, and building a launch menu from scratch that lets users choose the games they want to play.
Controlling GNOME 3 and playing games with Skeltrack
This video shows an example of what can be done with Skeltrack and GFreenect.
It gets the user’s head and hands’ positions from Skeltrack and interprets them in order to map some gestures with events in the desktop using Xlib with the GNOME 3 desktop.
It allows to move the mouse pointer, click and drag things and it also controls the zoom level by using both hands as a pinch gesture. The video also shows how Skeltrack can be used to play video games with both hands simulating a steering wheel.
Canonical has revealed Ubuntu for Android, a dual-OS concept that allows a smartphone to be used as a desktop when docked.
Ubuntu for Android features a full version of the open source desktop OS working alongside Google’s mobile OS.
When the phone is being used as a smartphone, it runs Android. When it’s docked into a laptop or a desktop setup, it automatically switches to Ubuntu, without user input or a restart.
With Ubuntu for Android, files and applications are shared between the two OSes. For example, calls and text messages can be sent and received via Ubuntu in desktop mode.
When in docked mode, Ubuntu fully syncs email, displays Wi-Fi and other connectivity just as a phone would - including offering 3G access should you want it - and pulls in Android contacts, music and apps.
Android continues to run in the background, with everything kept synchronised. For example, if you’re typing up an email in Ubuntu, but have to leave, picking up the phone from the dock will bring the message up in Android, allowing you to continue composing.
The Trimble Yuma is both water and dust proof, is tested to MIL-STD-810F standards (just in-case you we’re tempted to take one into a warzone/throw one out of a plane) and shields its internals in a magnesium alloy shell capable of withstanding extreme cold (-22°F) to searing heat (140°F).
Specification wise the Yuma packs mediocre-sounding but seriously-sensible innards: -