NES on ZipIt


Going even further back in time than 4th gen, [Kevin] tipped us off to this project by [Hunter Davis]. It is a collection of software mods for Zipit’s Z2 instant messenging device. Some of them include allowing it to run (ports of) the Fluxbox window manager, FCE Ultra NES emulator, and (most impresively) the Java framework. The next leap in development, a SNES emulator optimized for the Zipit, is in the works. The Z2 runs Linux out of the box. This means you no longer have to reflash the device to add software, such as DOSbox (also introduced to the Zipit by [Hunter Davis]). Be sure to check out the video demo of FCE Ultra on the Z2 above.

22 thoughts on “NES on ZipIt

  1. googfan is an _actual_ 13 year old: http://mrgoogfan.oxyhost.com/fstturk.htm

    (hey, it explains a lot)

    could anyone tell me if the zipit actually _has to_ be bought with a year of service or you can buy it without service and just not get the zipit’s own functionality? their site doesnt make it very clear and for some reason i cant connect to the https cart to see what happens

  2. I ordered one of these little devices after reading the first post on hackaday about it. it really looks like a fun device to mess around with. Well the moron driver for Fedex left it at the wrong house and it got stolen. So no fun hacks for me.

    I renamed my router SSID in the off chance that one of my neighbors stole it (very likely) I named my router “whomever stole my zipit = douche” I know it won’t get my new toy back but did make me feel a bit better :)

    I have another one on the way, wish me luck!

  3. @whoever you can buy it from target.com for $49.99 and just not register it with zipit and i think you can do that with one bought direct from zipit too but i never got a chance to check as both mine (1 from target and one from zipit) were bought/arrived/powered on during a free registration period so i got free im functionality

  4. You don’t need the service plan to buy one, but it won’t do anything (officialy) without one. As long as you only want to run Linux apps like this, it is no problem. Just get one for cheap on eBay, they go for $30-$40 as I recall.

  5. (posted from palm centro)
    what I wanna know, can you I’m without paying $10 a month? I saw these and was hella tempted to get 1 as its only $50 but I didn’t want to pay monthly for something my cell phone does free, hm…. java you say? anyone get opera mini working?

  6. hey im 13 and i build computers, mod game consoles, hack stuff, can program in more than 7 languages,etc,etc,etc,etc… so shut up
    and does the nes emu hav sound cause i cant hear it in the vid

  7. i wanted 2 kno the same as frogz if its got java can u use opera mini with the wifi? and i like the way the company made it open source more people should do that. it would get them more buyers

  8. I’ve had one for a bit now.

    You do NOT need to pay any money to use it. The service charge is ONLY if you want to send texts to people on mobile carriers, AIM/MSN/Yahoo is free.

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