NES controller for Pocket PC

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As an emulator enthusiast Oscar was frustrated by the button placement on his Pocket PC. He decided to adapt an NES controller to the PDA. The iPAQ had four buttons plus a D-pad like the controller so he just needed to find a way to translate between the two. The answer came from a Belkin IR keyboard. In addition to the regular QWERTY keys it had the hardware buttons too. He stripped out the necessary board from the keyboard and connected the NES buttons. He left the battery and an IR extension outside of the case because the signal was too weak from a distance. I wonder if it would be possible to use something like [leadingzero]‘s NES remote and just translate the button presses since the signal would be stronger. I know it would work with LIRC in Linux, but I’m not sure if there is something similar for Pocket PC.

Comments

  1. colin brown says:

    Nice, I have two of these plus the old console. I’m inspired by some of the things you can do with them, I’ll maybe give it a go!

  2. dxc says:

    Heh, everything is possible.
    Now only if I had a PDA.

  3. Elliott says:

    Thats really Cool. Wish i had a PPC.

  4. tuckie says:

    could the poor range just be a result of the ir emitter? Better range might be obtained by switching it out for another one

  5. ikzann says:

    Since the NES controller is so similar to the Game Boy Color controls, it would be interesting to see if someone could fit a PocketPC inside a Game Boy Color, along with an emulator. You could use this to play alll NES games on a portable.

  6. Z says:

    building a ppc into a gameboy sounds expensive.
    try this:

    http://hawanja.com/handyfamieight.htm

    or maybe build your own from cheaper parts:

    http://www.benheck.com/Games/Nintendo_projects/NES_Micro/NES_Micro1.htm

    that plays original cartridges, but loading roms to cartridges can be done.

    http://www.raphnet.net/electronique/nes_cart/nes_cart_en.php

    Combining the two, to have a NES-on-a-chip run roms from an EEPROM should be possible.

  7. KIWIDOGGOE says:

    this would be verry nice because i hace the same problem

  8. Scott Day says:

    Anyone got any idea what the IR Keyboard protocol is? Is it just normal AT/PS2 keyboard serial signals on IRDA?
    I want to make my own like this but the whole ripping apart a keyboard thing sucks- I would rather use a micro to emulate one.
    I’ve tried google but nothing…

  9. EmuSpot says:

    This is a bit off topic but relevant to the Ipaq.
    I have an Ipaq Hx4700, I’ve lost the charger.
    Can I get the PCC to charge using only the cradle powered by usb.
    Usb charging is diabled when the battery reaches near 10%.
    My Ipaq will power up when it is connected to a usb power source for several hours.
    When it does come while connected to a usb power source; can I do some sort of button combination to enable usb charge and therefore allowing it to fully charge via usb ?

    I do not want to buy another universal charge.

    Any appropriate suggetions are welcome.

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