The Flipper Zero digital multi-tool already has many uses, from hacking to controlling home systems. Now it can even play games, thanks to a partnership with Raspberry Pi. This comes in the form of a new add-on for the device, aptly called Video Game Module.
The module is powered by the RP2040 microcontroller developed by Raspberry Pi and can run games programmed in C, C++ and MicroPython. However, to accommodate the quirkiness of Flipper’s device, the mod goes a step further. It includes sensors for hand tracking, a 3-axis gyroscope, and a 3-axis accelerometer, so games can include tilt and shake functionality.
Now you might be wondering why you would play real games on the Pinball Zero’s tiny screen. The 1.4-inch monochrome screen can work for the hacking mini-game often associated with the device, but it would likely struggle with anything beyond that. Fortunately, the video game module allows video output to external displays.
In other words, the module’s sensor suite combined with the video output turns the Flipper Zero itself into a controller, with the game taking place on a real screen. It will be really cool to see what the open source community does with this thing. This could end up like the famous Ouya console being ridiculed, you know, good.
This is the latest Flipper Zero module and programmers will likely have a field day experimenting with the hardware. There is a built-in USB-C connector to interface with the microcontroller to make changes and the whole thing can work on its own, without the need to connect to the Flipper gadget. Think of it as a one-part Pinball module and one-part Pico-like device with an integrated IMU.
Alex Kulagin, founder and COO of Flipper Devices, hopes the accessory will “open up new ways to use Flipper Zero” and “bridge the gap between retro-gaming nostalgia and cutting-edge research.” The video game module costs $49 and the Pinball Zero costs $169.
The game is just the latest use of Pinball Zero. This digital Swiss army knife was initially introduced as a multi-tool aimed at hackers, but it is completely open source and is capable of interacting with devices via IR, NFC, RFID, Bluetooth and physical connections. Users have turned these cute Dolphin-inspired gadgets into universal remote controls, key fob testers, GameShark-like cheat devices, and much more. They can also unlock certain safes, but we haven’t told you about that.
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