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    Arduino Retro LED Matrix Handheld

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    In the late 1970s, electronic gaming was all the rage. The Atari 2600 and Magnavox Odyssey had already invaded living rooms while Mattel and Coleco were taking their burgeoning electronic toys divisions and gearing up to enter the console market. The Intellivision and the Colecovision might have fizzled out by the early 1980s, but their legacy in gaming had already been written with blinking lights and buzzers. To many, "retro handheld gaming" conjures images of the Nintendo Game Boy, Sega Game Gear, or even the Atari Lynx, but Matt wanted to take this retro gaming project all the way back to the dawn of an era--before 8-bit processors and dot matrix screens with stereo sound, back when writing words on an inverted calculator could entertain for hours!


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    Product NameManufacturerQuantityBuy KitBuy Kit
    A000005A000005 - Development Board, Arduino Nano, ATmega328 MCU, 14 3.3V I/O, 6 PWM Outputs, USB Mini BARDUINO1Buy NowBuy Now
    MCDTS2-1NMCDTS2-1N - Tactile Switch, MCDTS2 Series, Top Actuated, Through Hole, Round Button, 160 gf, 50mA at 12VDCmulticomp1Buy NowBuy Now
    P160KNP-0EC15A10KP160KNP-0EC15A10K - Rotary Potentiometer, Conductive Plastic, 10 kohm, 1 Turns, Logarithmic, 200 mW, ± 20%, P160 Seriestt electronics1Buy NowBuy Now
    MC21062MC21062 - Knob, Splined Shaft, 6 mm, Rubber, Round Knurled with Indicator Line, 13 mmmulticomp1Buy NowBuy Now
    KPEG242KPEG242 - Transducer, Piezo, Buzzer, Audio Indicator, Continuous, 3 V, 16 V, 7 mA, 70 dBkingstate1Buy NowBuy Now
    MCL053PDMCL053PD - LED, Red, Through Hole, T-1 3/4 (5mm), 10 mA, 2.1 V, 650 nmmulticomp64Buy NowBuy Now
    PN2222ABUPN2222ABU. - Bipolar (BJT) Single Transistor, NPN, 40 V, 300 MHz, 625 mW, 600 mA, 35 hFEon semiconductor/fairchild16Buy NowBuy Now
    MCCFR0W4J0102A50 - Through Hole Resistor, 1 kohm, MCCFR0W4J Series, 250 mW, ± 5%, Axial Leaded, 250 Vmulticomp8Buy NowBuy Now
    MCCFR0W4J0331A50 - Through Hole Resistor, 330 ohm, MCCFR0W4J Series, 250 mW, ± 5%, Axial Leaded, 250 Vmulticomp8Buy 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
    46202LRX46202LRX - Slide Switch, SPST, 46200R Series, 3 A, 125 Vswitchcraft conxall1Buy NowBuy Now
    MC01005 - Prototype Board, Phenolic, 1.6 mm, 160 mm, 115 mmmulticomp1Buy NowBuy Now