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Arcade Cabinet

Spring 2013 - Matt Robertson


I always wanted to build an arcade cabinet.  After finding the perfect cabinet for it on sale and with Raspberry Pi computers being low cost, I decided to build a purple arcade cabinet!

Manner of Operation

The cabinet itself began as a display kiosk at a local hardware store.  I purchased it as-is on clearance, and modified it to hold a 19" monitor and the buttons for an arcade game.

A Raspberry Pi running PiMame controls the arcade cabinet.  I used a USB button encoder to connect the pushbuttons and joysticks to the Raspberry Pi (the encoder acts like a USB gamepad).