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    Raspberry Pi Donkey Kong Holiday Ornament

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    For over 30 years, Hallmark has been creating limited-edition sets of popular culture-inspired holiday ornaments. Capitalizing on the popularity of video game nostalgia, they produced a miniature Donkey Kong arcade cabinet as part of the 2018 line. Featuring lights and sound from the game, it's a near-perfect homage to a bygone era designed by artist Orville Wilson. There's only one thing wrong with it: you can't actually play it. In this Very Special Christmas Episode, Matt declares war on the hapless ornament, tears it down to its shell, and rebuilds the interior with a Raspberry Pi, Adafruit OLED screen, and tiny control switches to create a one-of-a-kind PLAYABLE Christmas tree ornament!


    Supplemental Content:



    Bill of Material:

    PartManufacturerQuantityBuy KitBuy Kit

    Navigation Switch, 15 V, 20 mA, Solder, 4

    E-SWITCH1Buy NowBuy Now

    Flash Memory Card, MLC, MicroSDHC Card, UHS-1, Class 10, 8 GB, Utility MicroSD Series

    Delkin Devices1Buy NowBuy Now
    Tactile Switch, Non Illuminated, DTS-6 Series, 50 mA, 12 V, 100 gfMulitcomp1Buy NowBuy Now
    2465 - Development Board, PowerBoost 1000. LiPo Battery Charger, 5V, 1A, USB BoostAdafruit1Buy NowBuy Now
    258 - Rechargeable Battery, 3.7 V, Lithium Polymer, 1.2 Ah, ConnectorAdafruit1Buy NowBuy Now
    LED, Cool White, Through Hole, 5mm, 20 mA, 3.2 VCREE1Buy NowBuy Now


    Additional Parts:


    Product NameQuantity

    Hallmark Keepsake 2018 Donkey Kong Christmas tree ornament


    OLED Breakout Board - 16-bit Color 0.96" w/microSD holder