And they sure are pretty
No pricing or anything yet. Just had to share these lovely little boards as I really like how they came out. They are about the size of a stick of gum, and designed so they could be easily mounted on enclosure (Gadgeteer connector is on one side, gamepad sockets on the other)
I used DF Robot’s new PCB service. Black silk, “electricity gold” gold plating, overside (in width) board (had to fit in the 10cm x 10cm price range) 100% E-test for 100 boards, including shipping, it came out to just a bit more than $1.50 per board.
Shipping time was miserable, but they now offer DHL which, in my experience, is TONS better.
Manufacturing to shipping turnaround was just over a week.
BTW, those NES sockets: $2.00 each and available only from a single supplier. That’s the expensive part here.
Looks great, Pete! I look forward to trying one out.
@ Pete - Very nice!
@ ianlee74 - If I recall they were designed to spec for your tablet…
@ Pete Brown - Bring some to Norfolk you have one customer for sure.
What? Pete does personal deliveries?.. Pete when you are done in Norfolk, bring some to Cyprus I will take 2
There is a mini Maker Faire in Norfolk in a couple of weeks and I believe Pete is going to be there.
Speaking of Cyprus. The package I have send to you just got retunred. Can you please e-mail me a different address may be?
Looking at this, I don’t think the power decoupling caps are necessary. I don’t see any in the controllers themselves, but I also don’t see any on the parallax boards (which are similar, but also have some LEDs). I added them by habit as I know there’s an IC in the controller.
They also add a fair bit of time to the hand-assembly and that flux makes a mess which shows up more on this black silk than it ever did on green or blue.
PS. Those fat pins on the controller sockets are monstrous heatsinks.
Cool! Is there any company still manufacturing “original” NES controllers?
I would like to try it! Do you think is it possible to ship it to Italy? It would be great to use a NES Gamepad to control my Gadgeteer robot
NES Controllers are available from Parallax (same company which made the socket) for $5 each.
You can also get used original ones off ebay.
Shipping to Europe/Italy: I’m sure I will. It’s always more expensive, though ($5 within the US, around $13 to ca/mx and about $16 to europe as I recall), as I only ship using priority mail so I can print everything off right from my PC and not have to make a trip to the post office. I won’t ship parcel or the other cheap ways. Plus size is the box will fit a fair number of modules in case you decide to go in on some with a friend.