Atari Flashback Redesign

Atari Flashback redesign by Dave Delisle

AtGames will be releasing their 8th Atari Flashback this fall (the first for HD displays), and judging by early reviews it’s a very good system at a great price. That’s the good news, the bad news is these Atari’s are kinda ugly! The big buttons on the console look as though Playskool or Fisher Price designed an Atari for toddlers, that’s the nicest way I can describe it.

EverDrive Cartridge Handheld Design

Everdrive-Genesis-Handheld-Flashback-design-by-Dave-Delisle-2017-davesgeekyideas

EverDrive Cartridges are game cartridges that feature an SD card slot for storing a large collection of game ROMs, essentially a multi-cart with a library you can edit. They are made for just about every cartridge-based console from yesteryear, from the NES to the N64. I think these products are great for allowing gamers to collect and play older games, despite the ROM piracy. Some games are tough to come by after a few decades.

I’d like to take the Everdrive a step further by including a screen and some play controls, transforming the cartridge into portable handheld console as well. It still plugs into a console for big screen gaming, but now you can take it on the road too. Sort of like a Nintendo Switch!

Super FX Chip Graphics Card

Super FX Chip Nintendo Nvidia GPU by Dave Delisle

Nothing too fancy here, just an Nvidia GPU card that pays homage to Nintendo’s Super FX Chip, which debuted with Star Fox in 1993. Was that the first time gamers were sold a graphics upgrade? Possibly, but feel free to correct me in the comments.

I’m kind of a sucker for PC parts that are black with gold trim, so I just threw together my personal preference here. I’ve been wanting to design a GPU for years and years, and while this design is nothing earth-shattering, it is what I want in my desktop this instant.

Etch A Sketch Digital Photo Frame

Etch A Sketch Digital Photo Frame by Dave Delisle

I’m sure this is not the first time someone has thought of using an Etch A Sketch as a photo frame, but as a digital photo frame? Might be uncharted territory. What really clinches this concept is using an e-paper display screen (like a Kindle Paperwhite), for a black-and-white display that has no back light, making it look like a real Etch A Sketch toy.

This would sit on your desk and cycle through your personal photos, however I would use it for Calvin and Hobbes and Far Side comics. I suppose a clock and calendar could also be embedded in the display somewhere.

Each image would appear to be “sketched” when coming into view. I would also include an app to allow sketching with the knobs, if you feel like doodling stuff. You could also save sketches and see them in a slideshow too.

SEGA Genesis Classic Design

SEGA Genesis Classic HDMI design by Dave Delisle

SEGA will be offering a new version of the Genesis Flashback later this year, their answer to the wildly popular NES/SNES Classic editions offered by Nintendo. It features HDMI output and 2 wireless controllers, so what’s not to love? Well it’s made by AtGames, so I strongly advise folks to wait for reviews before buying.

Hot Wheels Raspberry Pi Case

Hot Wheels Raspberry Pi Case 2017 Dave Delisle

I’ve been wanting to design a case for the Raspberry Pi for years now, so I’m happy to share this concept with you today. This is cheating a bit, as it based on an existing computer, the ill-fated Hot Wheels PC from the 90’s. Those were crazy times, entire desktop PCs marketed towards spoiled brats.