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    Lightbulb WIP: mini NES case

    Hey everyone.

    I started design & engineering work on a miniature NES-style case earlier today. Now I just want to gauge interest and ask for some feedback.
    Even with it's small size, this will be expensive to 3D print. I am considering a Kickstarter to pay for tooling and make this a reality at an affordable price...it just depends upon how much interest there is.

    The outer and critical dimensions are all exactly half the size of a normal NES, so the proportions are completely true to the original. I used a nice, calibrated digital caliper to measure all the dimensions of my NES, then I modeled the parts in SolidWorks. I'm a design engineer for consumer electronics by trade, so this process is routine for me. I kept all the wall thicknesses and gaps the same as the original, so the internals have not been scaled down, per se...just re-configured for manufacturability. I also kept the vents on the top the same dimensions as the full-size NES instead of scaling those; otherwise, the grooves would be too thin to tool.

    I do not have an OUYA yet—I can only go so far without being able to measure the board in detail.
    Still, the top half is completely engineered and ready for tooling.
    Can't finish the bottom until I have an OUYA and have made decisions on orientation, peripherals, etc. I want to eventually put 2 USB ports where the controller ports would normally be.









    For now, I've got the connections going out of the side. The top, rear black trim piece prevents me from putting the connections out the back right. It's beneficial to have the fan on the right side of the case underneath the top vents for cooling. Anyone have a better strategy for board placement?

    Also, what peripherals would you want to put in this? HDD? USB hub? SD Card reader?
    I do want to add accommodations for LED and power button...would require soldering on the user's end.
    What would the other button do?

    Thanks for looking/reading. Let me know what you think.

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    Wow already loox like a great idea coming to life
    Good luck to u and I hope it works out.
    I would love to own one of these at the right price
    If u start a kickstarter, attach link and I will donate

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    Good luck with this.

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    Woa, it's look epic! I hope it's work fine!

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    Looks nice.

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    Re: WIP: mini NES case

    That looks amazing. Not sure what else it would need beyond that :-)

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    Looks sweet, are you going to be able to incorporate the power button into this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fireballs View Post
    Looks sweet, are you going to be able to incorporate the power button into this?
    I would really like to.
    Right now, I'm thinking the best way to do it would be to require the user to solder lead wires from the OUYA board to an easily obtainable (and inexpensive) momentary pushbutton switch which could be mounted on brackets incorporated into the bottom half of the enclosure.

    Then what do we do with the NES Reset switch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skylargray View Post
    I would really like to.
    Right now, I'm thinking the best way to do it would be to require the user to solder lead wires from the OUYA board to an easily obtainable (and inexpensive) momentary pushbutton switch which could be mounted on brackets incorporated into the bottom half of the enclosure.

    Then what do we do with the NES Reset switch?
    IM not sure yet about the reset button.

    From the looks of your case it's going to have a lot of extra room. The ouya basically uses a button extender from the power button to the MB. My idea would be to put the ouya on the left side of the case with a button extender for the power button. If you put a tiny powered USB hub inside and use short extenders to all the inputs. It might make it a little bigger, heavier and more expensive but they put a weight in the ouya already and people have no problem paying for quality.

    If you can make it the way IM thinking you have a hit on your hands. I think you can kickstart that.

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    I love the design.

    I would place a 2.5" hdd in the case, a cardreader under the lid, and 2 usb ports on the front.
    The HDD and cardreader both connected too internal USB ports.
    For the USB ports, a USB powered usb HUB or something similair.

    And for the buttons, one to power the OUYA, and one to power the USB hub.

    But this is just an idea.

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