Fullscreen Retro Gaming Handheld

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If it’s possible to punch a hole in an LCD screen (like smartphones do to accommodate cameras), then several holes can be made to allow physical game controls to peek through a display.

This approach could be done for smartphones or next-gen gaming handhelds (PS Vita 2?), but personally I would be happy if this was a dedicated retro gaming handheld, of which there has been an explosion of new models this past year.

Speak & Spell Calculator

Speak & Spell Calculator Texas Instruments design by Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas

Picked up a calculator at the dollar store a few days ago, and its red color inspired me to draw up this design. I’m surprised Texas Instruments doesn’t already offer this, because the Speak & Spell toy is an 80’s icon.

For a more conventional layout I placed a solar panel where the original Speak & Spell display used to be. The new display fills up what used to be the handle.

Colecovision HD Design

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About 3 years ago ATGames released the Colecovision Flashback, a throwback console that looked decent and featured a solid collection of games, but unfortunately had poor sound and controls. They’ve yet to release a second version, but with HDMI conversions being all the rage these days, I’m sure a Flashback 2 is inevitable. That said I thought I’d take a stab at designing one.

Q*Bert Roomba Design

Q-Bert Roomba Design by Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas

Another Roomba design, this one of Q*Bert riding one of the ‘teleport discs’ he uses in the game. The disc is illuminated by RGB lights that cycle colors, giving it an appearance of spinning.

Originally I wanted the teleport disc to be about the size of a Roomba, but that would make the figurine too huge and would require a lot more lighting too.

Punch-Out!! Postcard

Punch-Out!! Muhammad Ali Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas.com

This homage of a famous Muhammad Ali photo (done in the style of the NES Punch-Out!! game) was originally intended to be a poster project. However plans to make it available as a poster have been shelved out of fear of legal reprisal — famous photographs are notoriously litigated these days for copyright infringement.

I always thought it would be fun to make sports memorabilia with a video game twist. I intend to do something along those lines one day. I believe there are a lot of other geeks who enjoy sports, much like myself.

Instead of a poster, I’ll offer it as a freebie postcard or photo you can print. They’re available after the jump.