Picade is an arcade cabinet shell for your Raspberry Pi

Pimoroni

We already know that you can hook up your Raspberry Pi to a monitor and turn it into a stand-alone Linux computer. But why just stop there with a boring old PC when you can turn it into a bona fide arcade cabinet?

Pimoroni, the same company that made the Pibow Case for the Raspberry Pi, has a new Kickstarter project called the Picade that would let you power miniature arcade cabinets with your Raspberry Pi. Think of the iCade for iPad, only a lot more open and hackable.

There are two versions of the Picade: The full-size spec has a 12-inch, 1024-pixel-wide screen, while the Picade Mini will come with an 8-inch screen that’s 800 pixels wide. Both units will include all the essentials: an arcade stick, buttons, an amplifier and speakers, components, and cables.

The Picade units will come to backers in DIY kit form with all the parts and instructions on how to put it all together. You’ll also have to provide your own Raspberry Pi unit, which shouldn’t be too hard at $35.

Software-wise, Pimoroni says that it will provide all the drivers you need to get it running, as well as all the emulators they can “legally” provide. From there on you are free to grab whatever ROMs you (legally) can to play, or hack your Raspberry Pi to work however you want.

The Picade Kickstarter campaign is still marching toward its £32,768 ($52,862) goal for the next 29 days. As of this writing you can still grab a Picade Mini for £120 ($193), or its larger brother for £176 ($283). Alternatively, if you wanted to build your own cabinet, Pimoroni is also offering a printed circuit board for £32 ($52).

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