Nyko Worm Cam and Arduboy credit card Tetris Game

Nyko Worm Cam and Arduboy credit card Tetris Game


Hello, and welcome back to The 8-Bit Guy. In a previous episode, I did a review on the
Gameboy camera. And, while I thought it was cool, I wasn’t
exactly blown away by the high resolution graphics. Well, I got a lot of emails of people suggesting
I try something called the Wormcam. Well, I’ve got one now, so let’s try it
out! OK, so this is a new, old-stock product. I find it interesting that the plastic for
the packaging has yellowed. There’s no way into this package other than
to cut it open. OK, so this is interesting, this is a serial
cable to link it to your Windows 95 PC, but it uses what appears to be a USB mini B connector,
but is most likely is not USB in any way. So, one thing I notice right away about this
product is that it appears to have something that slides into the cartridge port, but there
are no pins. So, there is no actual connection to the memory
or address bus. The only actual connection it has is via the
link cable port. So, what happens when you power this thing
on is that it has to download the code from the device over the link port into the gameboy
advance’s internal memory, so this takes a moment. Once it does come up, it’s not super obvious
how to use the thing. In fact, I couldn’t get it to work at all,
but I eventually realized I needed to remove this little tab to allow the internal battery
to make contact. OK, so up to this point I was thinking the
product was probably going to be pretty cool. But, I couldn’t figure out how to take any
pictures with it. I actually had to read the manual and found
out that you have to push the right button on the back of the gameboy advance to actually
use as the shutter button, which actually kind of makes sense, you know, you can go
like that and take a picture. But here’s the problem. There’s no viewfinder on the camera anywhere. There’s no physical viewfinder that you
can actually like look through, and there’s no live preview on the screen anywhere. And, the reason for that is because the data
is so slow coming from the camera that once you push the shutter button, it takes like
30 seconds for the picture to actually come through. So, by that point whatever you were taking
a picture of is probably long gone. This is really annoying, but the real problem
is I think my camera is defective, because all I can get, and I have tried taking pictures
outdoors and indoors and I’ve tried all 4 different lighting configurations and I
can either get black images or white images and occasionally I can get an image with kind
of an outline of whatever it is that I was trying to take a picture of. But, I just couldn’t get anything better
than that. And, when I looked up other reviews of the
camera, I found a lot of people complaining about the same dilemma that it’s virtually
impossible to get a picture on this thing that actually looks like anything. However, I did see some photographs that samples
that were taken and they looked a lot better than what I could get so I still think mine
may be defective. Maybe just all these years of sitting in the
package, I don’t know. Anyway, so, all I can say is this is a piece
of junk, don’t buy it let’s move onto something else! I just got back from the Portland Retro Gaming
Expo where I shared a booth with these 3 awesome guys. And I gave a presentation about the new game
I’ve been developing for the last year. But I was also given some interesting products
to take home and check out. This one here is a new pac-man style game
for the Commodore 64, which comes on floppy disk. Kind of interesting, but I’ll check this
out later. At the moment, I’m more interested in these. These are called the Arduboy. Let’s open the Tetris version and see what’s
inside. All right, so here it is. The Tetris Microcard. Haha, it sounds like a gameboy. OK. Neat. So, I realize that adding the little projected
copy of your current piece is something that more modern versions of Tetris usually do. I tend to prefer the original where you have
to judge it better. However, the screen is so small on this guy,
that the projected piece does help a lot. The controls are surprisingly effective. They are easy to push, and do provide some
tactile feedback, making it much better to play than a modern iPhone or tablet version. It sounds like there are at least two voices
here, one for the song and one for the sound effects. Either that, or they are alternating it so
quickly with the music that it just blends in to our ears. Apparently it uses a rechargeable battery
and it is charged with a USB cable. However., it does come with this really nifty
USB cable. I’ve never seen one quite like this before. Basically, it is missing the metal piece. I’ll try plugging it into this old Titanium
Powerbook. It doesn’t come with one, but should in
theory work with any power brick like this. There is a little LED that lights up to let
you know it is charging. So how big is this thing really? Well, compared to this business card, it’s
not quite the same dimensions, but it is almost identical in size to an old PCMCIA card from
the late 1990s. In fact, it’s pretty close to the same thickness
too. Let’s take it apart. I want to see if there are any other chips
besides the micro controller we see through the top. I’m also curious what sort of battery cell
it uses. All right, so here is what the little buttons
look like. On the back there is a very thin lithium pouch
cell and a piezo speaker. And there appears to be a lot of writing under
the battery cell. Well, let’s move on to the other arduboy. This is a more generic device that can play
many different games. Let’s open it up. Here’s a little card, Arduboy, card-sized
gaming. Neat, it actually looks like a credit-card
sized gameboy. It’s kind of cool that you can see the guts
of the device. But I could also see it being cool to have
an opaque colored top case, so that you only see the buttons and screen. Neat, so it already has a game built-in. However, you are supposed to be able to copy
new games over to it. I’m not familiar with this game. It’s really well polished, though. I would imagine there are no sprites or anything,
so the entire screen is probably being re-drawn many times a second. But considering it is a monochrome screen
with pretty low resolution, it probably doesn’t need that much CPU power to do that. Comparing this unit with the Tetris unit,
they are essentially identical in size, they just have a different layout. Although it does appear they use a slightly
different micro controller. So, let’s have a look at the specifications
for this thing. It runs on an Atmel Atmega32. So, believe it or not, it is actually an 8-Bit
CPU, which makes it perfect for my channel, right? It runs at 16 Mhz, it has 2.5 K of RAM, which
is not much. But it also has 32 K of flash memory to store
the program code and other data. It also has an EEPROM with 1 K built in. I’m not sure what the advantage of the EEPROM
is over the flash, but anyway, that gives it 35 and a half kilobytes of total memory. The display is an OLED, so it is visible in
both light and dark situations. It has a pretty low resolution of 128 by 64
pixels. Even the original gameboy had more pixels
than this. It appears to be 1-bit monochrome, as I can’t
see any grayscale being used. OK, so what if you want to download more games? Well, if you go to their website, there’s
quite a list of games in different states of development you can download for free. I don’t really recognize any of these names,
so I’ll just pick one at random. Omega Horizon. OK, so I saw this button for “upload to
arduboy” and thought that surely it can’t be that easy. And it wasn’t. So I tried downloading the file. So, it says I need to download this program
called the Arduboy uploader. However, I can’t find a version for OS X,
so instead I have to download the entire Arduino suite. All right, so I did that. Here’s the Arduino program. I’ve never seen this before so I have no
idea what I’m doing. Can I drag and drop. Nope. Can I open the file manually. Nope. It seems that this program only wants to deal
with source code, not compiled binaries. So I’ll switch over to my Windows 7 machine. I can install the uploader. And I was able to import a game into the uploader. However, when I plugged in my Arduboy, Windows
couldn’t find a driver for it. So I had to download and install the whole
Arduino suite after all, just to get the USB driver setup. So I plugged it in again, and this time, it
successfully installed the driver. So, let’s see if I can upload Mystic Balloon. Well, it’s doing something. However, my arduboy just rebooted back to
the same game. However, I tried it one more time and it did
actually work. So let’s have a look at Mystic Balloon. There’s a bit of flicker showing up on camera,
but you can’t see this in person. I think this is a neat device, probably, for
learning how to code with Arduino, or perhaps micro-controllers in general. But, this thing costs $50 and it’s kind
of tough to get games onto it. On the bright side. this is a relatively new product. So in time, it may at least get easier to
put games on it. Still, I don’t think it’s ever going to
be a popular gaming platform for people just wanting to play games on it. I think this is definitely targeted more towards
developers. So, I wanted to show you one more thing I
was given in Portland. This is the first issue to a new magazine
called Oldschool Gamer. I’ll cut the plastic here so we can have
a look inside. OK, so let’s have a look at this. It looks very well made. Can’t complain about the quality. Oh look, an advertisement for the National
Video Game Museum. That’s actually here in the Dallas area. I’ve been to that and can vouch it is definitely
worth checking out. So yeah, a lot of articles and relevant advertisements. I’ll have to sit down and read through this. But overall, I like it so far! And, it also comes with this fold out poster,
which is pretty cool. So, anyway, I appreciate all of the different
gear that was given to me at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, and I also really enjoyed
running into Ben Heck and Metal Jesus, and all of my fans that came to see me at my booth,
so I’ll see you guys again there next year and as for the worm cam, I gave it the one
fate that I thought it deserved. Well, at least we got to see what’s inside
of it.

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