I would like to start posting when I find cool stuff in thrift stores. Especially since in St. Augustine there are one thousand thrift stores, and I’m in them all the time.
The main goal is to find cool things, and also not hoard to big of a pile of things. The biggest challenge is to limit myself and only pick the best and cheapest pieces found.
One of two finds I found this week would be Space Invaders! It’s one of those cheapo ‘front AV’ games (I like to call them this since they typically just plug into the AV jacks on the front of your tv, etc). I had no doubt that it would work, because unless it was in ten pieces, there is no way to break it.
What I was interested in was all the awesome arcade style controls. This would be a very easy piece to harvest the joystick and other large momentary buttons from. Even if the big buttons didn’t turn out to be much, the joystick HAD to be something.
Opening it up, just as I thought – the joystick was a series of momentary buttons. Four buttons, one in each direction. The whole module looks easy to take out and still have it intact for use in other projects.
I started thinking about the actual board, while ideas started happening I set my eyes on the three mystical blobs.
So… I can either put the game in something else cooler than a console controller, or harvest the LED, crystal, and transistors. Blobs are… blobby. Picked this up for $3 – probably overpriced.
It works. Not surprised, but what I was surprised about was the fact that it had a DC jack for an AC adapter. I thought that was a bit much for a cheapo front AV game. This is nice since i would always rather use a walwart instead of a bundle of stupid alkaline AA’s. With that said, all I had handy was 6 kinda-dead AA batteries to quickly test it. It powered on and showed me the game menu. The front LED faded out as the screen started wiggin’ out and flickering until it finally went black. Dead batteries.
According to the research online, this little friend has a 12W output, and other forum users from audiophile websites seem to favor it. I have seen it on ebay for around $40.
I don’t know if it actually works or what it sounds like, but It does power on. When I pull out my speakers and the right wiring to sample it, I will post back with results. Can’t wait! I just don’t know what to do with it.
Also, peanut buttert.