Asteriods: the belt buckle

asteroids-video-game-belt-buckle

This is going to change the way you play with yourself. What if every time you got a little bored you reached for your belt rather than your smart phone? [Cunning_Fellow] may be doing that more often now that he finished this slick-looking video game belt buckle which plays the classic Asteroids game.

It isn’t just an intriguing concept. The build was pulled off at a very high level of quality… this thing should have no problem standing the test of time. First off he had to figure out if it was even possible to run the game at a respectable frame-rate. Cheap 320×240 LCD screens don’t have a frame marker (think of it as a vertical sync signal with can be used as an interrupt for the microcontroller). But he thought it was possible that the frame marker pin just wasn’t connected like on more expensive screens and he was right with at least one model he acquired.

With that out of the way he laid out and etched a beautiful double-sided board to house all of the electronics. But he still needed a case. To get a one-of-a-kind look he masked and etched a sheet of brass. Once cut out and folded ti gives a wonderful look and protects the electronics inside quite well. 

Comments

  1. hipcat says:

    Switch that to Gems and you could lay down and have your girlfriend play all day long :)

  2. nyder says:

    Cool, but the button/gamepad is backwards. Space Invader games have the joystick on the left and the buttons on the right. Not to mention almost every game pad is also setup like that. Maybe the maker is left handed?

    • cunning_fellow says:

      It can switch/mirror the LCD top to bottom so either you can play it or someone else can play it. When you are playing you have to use the D-Pad as fire and the buttons as the D-Pad.

  3. agtrier says:

    forget Pebble! :-)

  4. Eirinn says:

    Asteriods? Should be controlled with pelvis movements only :P

  5. MRE says:

    My belt buckle is two player pong courtesy the LOLshield. Great fun, if not a bit socially awkward when I am not one of said two players.

  6. Hirudinea says:

    That is a nice build but when I looked at the Inscrutable in the first picture the guy isn’t wearing a belt! :o

  7. cunning_fellow says:

    Guys – about 50 people asked me to build them one even after I said no.

    So I have made the worlds most half hearted indiegogo campaign

    http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-game-n-belt

    If it makes it too 33 sales I will tool up.

  8. TheAtheistLucario117 says:

    tbh, the first thing i thought when i saw this was
    “He attached a Dingo to his belt”
    But sexual innuendos and first impressions aside, it’s a cool build.

    • cunning_fellow says:

      No where near as powerful as a dingo/caanoo/pandora. It does get 20-30 hours battery life though.

      Real reason I did it myself with an AVR was “;cause I could” :D

  9. Funkdat says:

    People are going to think hes playing with himself, which he is.

  10. M H says:

    Given how close somebody else has to be to play it, seems like “Space Invaders” might have been a more apropos choice of game.

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