18 january 2019

Got a couple of project ideas running around in my head. I am going to try to start one of these this weekend:

I've always wanted the ability to play my classic video games on the go. Over the Holiday break I bought a Nintendo Switch and have absolutely fallen in love with it. The form facter is perfect. I see so much potential not only in the console itself but, more generally, the form facter. This has reinvigorated my portable game emulator idea. I've found some people online who have 3D printed "Nintendo Switch" clones. These all want you to build a custom controller interface that only looks like the Nintendo Joycons. I'm going to see if I can use my experience with getting other uncommon bluetooth devices working on Linux to get the actual Joycons working with the RaspberryPi.

We have a handful of 3D printers at the office which we use for prototyping. We're a small shop so we use consumer 3D printers, nothing fancy. Occasionally prints fail. To avoid wasting material and time, I set timers at my desk to remind me to get up and check the print every 30-60 minutes. Today I thought it would be really neat if I didn't have to get up. I'd heard of Octoprint but it does more than I need so I have never tried setting it up. Instead, at least at first, I'm going to try using a RaspberryPi Zero W connected to a RaspberryPi camera to buid a site containing a list of video streams for each camera. I can then keep a small window up in the corner of my screen for the duration of the print both improving my ability to quickly react to a failed print, further reducing material waste, and helping me be lazier.

Anyway, that's probably it for today. I'll post any updates over the weekend if I come up with anything worth sharing.