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December 6, 2010
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We’re working to get a Netduino and set up the windows environment to start working on it. I’ll let you know when we have it working with the Netduino. Might take a few weeks to get it working.
I don’t think that changing the colors, even staying with only two colors, would be possible with the current hardware. If you change the values of the resistors for video and sync, you might be able to have black and gray, or gray and white, or something like that, but color would be trickier, I think.
The tellymate shield doesn’t include the nice connectors for the Wii accessories (Nunchuck, Classic Controller, etc), but it only uses the two serial pins for the arduino to talk to the tellymate chip. The tellymate chip handles all the tricky business of generating the video signal, which is all done by the arduino with the video game shield. The tellymate looks like it’s all text-based, although they can deal with individual pixels by using a special font, where each character is some combination of lit/unlit pixels. Also, the tellymate is a little more expensive than the video game shield.
Thanks! Glad you like the Video Game Shield. We’ve just added support for the Wii Classic Controller, in addition to the Nunchucks, and are planning to release a new library that supports the Wii Motion Plus rotation sensor module.<br />
You’re very right about the Wii accessories sharing the same address: Most of the hardware on the Video Game Shield is involved in supporting the two controllers at once, doing the switching and level-conversion between 5v and 3.3v.<br />
You can indeed just plug in the controllers, as we have some specially designed cutouts on the circuit board.
Hello Chiel,<br />
We have schematics posted on the Download page, located here: http://www.wayneandlayne.com/projects/video-game-shield/download/#hwdes<br />
We initially developed the circuits on a breadboard, so you should have no trouble making it yourself. The transistors and 4066 IC are used for interfacing with the Nunchucks, so you shouldn’t need them unless you are using Nunchucks. The TV-out part is just the four resistors near the top of the board.
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