What number of grown-up hackers whiled away their youth enjoying Tetris or Mario on their Sport Boy? Fond recollections for a lot of, however except you might be fortunate your Sport Boy will most likely be lengthy gone. Not for [Gautier Hattenberger] although, he had an sudden discover at his dad and mom’ home; his Sport Boy Basic, unloved and forgotten for all these years. Thankfully for us his first thought was whether or not he may use it as a controller for a drone, and higher nonetheless he’s shared his work for all of us to see.
Again within the day a would-be Sport Boy hacker would have been deterred by Nintendo’s authorized defences in opposition to recreation piracy, however with the advantage of a few a long time the hand-held console’s is now an open e-book. Sadly for [Gautier], he appears to be the primary to make use of one as a flight controller, so he needed to plough his personal furrow. His Sport Boy Sport Hyperlink serial port feeds an Arduino/FTDI mixture that converts Sport Hyperlink to USB, which is then despatched to his laptop computer on which a small piece of software program converts them to instructions for the drone via the Paparazzi UAV framework.
All his code is in a GitHub repository, and he’s posted a video of his work which you’ll see beneath the break. For a kid of the early ’90s, the mere thought that their handheld console may do that would have been mindblowing!
Maybe unsurprisingly a lot of the Nintendo Sport Boy hacks we’ve featured through the years have had a gaming flavour, so that is the primary Sport Boy flight controller. The hack we desperately needed in about 1991 was a Sport Boy oscilloscope cartridge, and although it appears that evidently’s one other one but to be conquered we have now featured the reverse: an oscilloscope as Sport Boy show.
Thanks [Piotr] for the tip.