Portable Commodore 64 – The Picodore 64

This has been making the rounds lately:

Here are a few pics of my own DTV Hummer project. I had an old PSOne LCD screen lying around and I thought I’d make a C64 laptop. Actually, it’s more like a C64 PDA! It measures 6.5 x 6 x 1.5 inches (15.5 x 16.5 x 4 cm) when closed. It can run from an AC wall adapter or 6 NiMH AA batteries. The keyboard is hacked from a portable folding keyboard for a Jornada PDA which outputs RS-232. I’m using a PIC 16F88 to decode the signals and re-encode them to PS/2 (that was an ordeal to figure out). The PIC checks to see if an external PS/2 keyboard is connected on power up. If one is hooked up, it will route data from that instead. There is an internal ampilfied speaker as well as connections for audio and video output on the back. There’s a serial connection for a disk drive and an SD card slot in the side for a 1541-III but I haven’t been able to get that to work yet. I also have a connection for a userport/joystick. The joystick in the picture is a hacked Atari keychain joystick. The mini joystick wasn’t in the original plan but after I accidentally discovered it on ebay, it seemed perfect.

[via hack-a-day]

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3 thoughts on “Portable Commodore 64 – The Picodore 64”

  1. That is so freaking awesome!

    I have just been thinking about creating something myself. I know the C64 can be compressed to quite small proportions and that you can add a HDD to the C64 filled with Games.

    What I was thinking was to make it like a small portable game console.

    How did you make yours and how much does it weigh?
    Do you have a HDD in yours or do you use tapes/disc?

    Did you have to do any programming to make this work?

    And how much battery time does it have?

  2. Dan You are going to have to follow the link and ask these questions to the guy that built it, I’d love to answer your questions but I can’t.

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