[Brian Khuu] bought a few Game Boy cameras on the Internet and found that they still had pictures on them from the previous owners. The memory in the camera has a backup battery and if that battery dies, the pictures are history, so he decided to mount a rescue operation.
It works, but [Brian] did run into a few problems. For one thing, the devices don’t seem to use any flow control so he had no choice but to keep up with the Game Boy. Also, there is a CRC he could not correctly decode. However, the pictures look good — well, as good as Game Boy pictures look, at least. So he did get results.
We’ve seen this done with a PC before. If you are more interested in the reverse, by the way, you can use a real Game Boy printer to print from an Arduino.
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“found that they still had pictures on them”
All of them do. As usual, “erasing” the images just sets/removes a flag in the index but does not erase the data itself. It’s a silly guilty pleasure of mine to pick up every 100 yen Game Boy camera I find in Japanese thrift stores, something akin to “buying picture frames for the pictures they contain.”
Also worth mentioning is the great work BennVenn does with Game Boy cartridges, especially now there’s “bootleg cartridges” coming from China that are actually reflashable, instantly becoming a prime source for LSDJ custom cartridges.
Any exciting barely-legible homemade pr0n? With the Gameboy camera, your Japanese porno comes pre-pixellated.
Dumped my GB Camera with a GBCFLSH:
Worked a treat!
What software is the image right above the “Resources” headline in his article from ?
It’s a software supplied with Digilent Analog Discovery. They have a student discount if you are from a University, just supply your university email to it.
YAGBCD: Yet another GB Camera dumper.
I just use Gameboy Camera > Super Gameboy > SNES > Easycap > PC > VLC Media Player. Works as a web cam with really bad lag and you can screen cap any pix.
GBCam = $5 eBay
Super GN = already had, sells for ~$15
SNES = Had one and thrift stored another for $8 (its beat to hell but works)
Easycap = Easycap $8. These things are crap, they overheat making the audio “pop” (taking the case off sorta fixed it) and they have wicked lag.
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