It’s one thing to play around with a smartphone, install emulators and know your way around rooting, but what Reddit user dafu has done is a whole new level of geek, and we are all falling in love with it!
The DIY extraordinaire made a custom-built classic game console with an Android smartphone. But it’s no average gadget; it’s made of gorgeous oak wood and has a full set of buttons to suit all your gaming needs. These controls were assembled from a taken apart Bluetooth controller, which the creator then built into the body.
Inside the wooden shell there is an LG Optimus Vu 2, which is a rather old phone, but its internals are good enough to run all your classics. Just in case you forgot, this handset comes with a 5-inch 1024×768 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 2150 mAh battery. It was probably just an older phone laying around, which makes this one of the best ways to recycle a used handset.
After working through the hardware, dafu went on to play around with the software, which really seems like the most complicated process. We thought it would just be a matter of installing some emulators, but what fun would that be?
Instead, he went on to root the handset in order to customize the whole experience to his will (except for the LG logo during boot and a log during power down). Things get more complicated once we realize the user wrote his very own launcher for this Android-based console, which does come with a bevy of customization.
You can read all about the software in his detailed explanation, where he went as far as sharing the custom launcher. He also has some photos and a full description on how to build the machine over at imgur. Just in case you are feeling like taking on this adventure and making your own console.
Surely, it’s no easy feat, so be ready to to plenty of research and hard work. This specific one took about 2 months to make, but the results are simply amazing. The maker also claims the machine works like a charm after extended use from him and his son.
What do you guys think? Are you up for the challenge?