DS goes full size – pockets everywhere rally in protest

It’s hard to believe we missed this one from a couple of years back but we’re thankful that reader [Christian] tipped us off about it. This a Nintendo DS with two tablet pc screens being used as an external display. He’s using an FPGA but not to emulate the processor. It is translating the video data from the DS board into usable signal for the larger LCD screens. In the video after the break you can see that pen input has been implemented, with the FPGA sending location data back to the DS.

[Neal], the creator, priced the project out at around $580. It’s worth a lot more considering the know-how needed to get the video scaling and pen input right using the FPGA. It won’t fit in your pocket, but it doesn’t have a case either so it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

22 thoughts on “DS goes full size – pockets everywhere rally in protest

  1. awesome.

    BTW, charliex2, when you fininish reading every page, send me a small summary, so I won’t miss anything important.

  2. i have seen something like this on tv before.
    an (unfortunately canceled) german gaming channel (giga) had this device, a blue box, they simply plugged it into the DS and could display both screens on a big tv screen.
    i guess the DS has to be modded for this and it’s not for touchscreens, but big screen for the DS is nothing new ;-)

    at least he didn’t use an arduino… ;-)

  3. this is really a nice idea. While i dont see a real use for it as a DS, this is a great start.
    For instance, imagine if a real computer could be set up to run like this, except having 2 touch screens. Not only would you have a huge desktop, but you could set up a touchtype overlay keyboard. How rad. I would buy one in a second if it was quality. It would be like combining a laptop with iphoneish interface.

    P.S. Even though its old, I never saw it before, so it’s new to me.

  4. Yeah so a dev kit is now a hack? Watchout hack a day as said before it was read years ago. You are slipping, first I read it elsewhere, then here and then on engadget after i4u or some other pronhack site. It’s frustrating to think I could’ve wasted time on doing this myself only to find its already been developed on some commercial scale. Kinda sucks
    for the guys who made this as only your comments contain the credits and no post from hackday as to where this originated.

    - not thankful sorry

  5. Wow, quite the sweet hack. Definitely considering doing this now, I’d enjoy playing some Mario Kart DS with that big of a screen!

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  6. I honestly thought this one had gotten covered. Any chance of getting this guy to share a little more detail or maybe the code he used for the fpga?

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