Now that registration is complete, the Annual Bitbuilt Summer Contest is officially open! This is the Third Annual Summer Contest, and every year the entries get better and better, as the Contestants really bring their all. So far GMan has been the winner the past 2 Contests. Do you have what it takes to dethrone him?
For the second year straight, the BitBuilt collective will have an event set up at the Midwest Gaming Classic, a plethora of mods, portables, 3D prints, romhacks, memes, and more! With the first year in the larger location at the Wisconsin Center in Downtown Milwaukee Wisconsin, expect more hacks than you could shake a pig at!
After finding success in last year’s summer building contest, Jackson clearly followed the time tested motto of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Jackson kept his portable looking mostly the same, but an in depth look into the features in this portable reveal the drastic upgrade that it truly is.
Jackson certainly earned his 3rd place in the contest.
The bottom part of the portable holds a headphone jack and video controls.
The top part holds a lot. Here’s a list (from left to right):
- 3D printed triggers
- A button to toggle between three different controller options. This portable contains the necessary circuitry for a GameCube controller, a sideways remote (with motion controls!), and a Wii classic controller. The three diffusers next to the button each have an LED behind them, and the LEDs are used to indicate which controller is currently in use.
- Below the button is a single port that supports charge and play at the same time.
- The USB port is used for any extra USB peripherals such as a breakout box or a keyboard.
- The mini USB port is used to access the internal flash drive, which removes the need to take the flash drive out of the portable to add new files.
- The HDMI port is used to output video to an external monitor.
- A Bluetooth sync, reset, and power button for the system
- A vent to allow hot air to escape the unit.
That’s a whole lot of features, and they were made possible by the various circuit boards that he designed himself.
This board contains the regulator circuitry, the charging circuitry, and his USB system.
This big board contains everything needed for video: both for the internal screen and the external HDMI out. It also contains the various ICs and components needed for a Wii classic controller and a stock GameCube controller. The array of pads on the top left are there to make soldering up a normal Wii remote easier.
The internal Wii remote is something very unique to this project. Jackson did this last year with the first Wii SP, but this year he went all out in finding the best way to cut down and rewire the Wiimote.
This is his trim next to a standard Wii remote. Pretty small, eh? By trimming it this small, he had to rewire the accelerometer and the EEPROM chip, but it functions just like a normal Wiimote would.
An internal Wii remote is super cool, but one of the most unique features of the Wii was how the Wii remotes interacted with the sensor bar. Jackson recognized that without this feature, he would be pretty limited in terms of which Wii games he could play. The solution? A simple little board, nicknamed “TouchMii”:
This board is used to convert the signals generated by a touchscreen into the pointer signals from a Wii remote, which allows you to touch the screen where you would click with a Wii remote!
The final internals ended up looking like this:
Everything is organized and in its place. Even the Wiimote wires look really nice, which is significant considering there were several dozen of them.
Jackson’s worklog can be seen here, so definitely check it out if you want more details about his PCBs, or more information about the build in general.
Unfortunately, this wraps up our series of articles about the 2017 building contest. But fear not! Everyone is gearing up for this year’s contest, so expect some more beautiful portables from Jackson and everyone else.
Madmorda initially closed up this beauty of a project last July, just days before the contest ended. However, after closing it up, she wasn’t totally satisfied with the end result. Everyone else hailed it as a beautiful revolution, but Madmorda was just kinda Sadmorda with the end result. And then her Wii motherboard went on the fritz and she was really MADmorda. After several months of revamping, repainting, and refinishing her portable, the Wii S Lite is finally complete and ready to display to the public.
Don’t like it? Well, there’s The Thousand Year Door; you can see yourself out.
This portable boasts a variety of nifty features for everyone to envy.
- Clamshell design
- 5 inch composite screen
- Breakout box which contains component video out and three GameCube controller ports
- Micro USB charging via a portable battery bank built into the system
- Internal GameCube controller via a GC+
- WiiHUD audio amp (allows for volume information to appear onscreen as well as switch between headphone sound and speakers seamlessly)
- IR LEDs for full Wiimote support
- A gorgeous Zero Suit Samus paint job
Pretty hard to not be Gladmorda with a feature list like that, huh?
Madmorda’s case was unique, in that she utilized both frankencasing and 3D printing in her design. The case started out as an Intec DS carrying case, like this one:
That’s pretty small. From there, she frankencased in ports and PS2 buttons for the triggers and start button.
After this, she moved onto the 3D printing. The part that holds the screen is 3D printed, as well as the plate that contains the fan vent and controls. The button and 3DS slider guides were taken out of 3DS shells, and then frankencased in as needed.
Her technique was hardly orthodox, but nobody can argue with the final results.
Here’s a YouTube video that shows off the completed build:
Madmorda is already looking to the future with new and original projects like a fully functional GameCube controller built into a key chain, new paint jobs, and other awesome projects. Be sure to hang around the forums to see what’s next!
For more information be sure to check out the Wii S Lite worklog.
It’s not every day you get to see something like this. A nearly flawless portable as someone’s first? Jefflongo is the man of the hour, with a beautiful portable that quickly went viral on the Internet thanks to his attention to detail and perseverance.
BitBuilt is proud to announce that the PS2 trimming guide is on the forums and ready to be used! A small team of amazing members have been hard at work this year creating compendiums, taking pictures, testing cuts, and building experimental portables to verify the possibility of trimming PS2 motherboards to more manageable sizes. Gman (formerly known as Wiiman) headed up the efforts and released two different trimming guides: a guide for a standard trim, and a guide for a more advanced trim. The standard trim is a bit wider than the advanced, but both trims are smaller than a standard DVD, which could make for some pretty small portables…
Everything is outlined in great detail in the guide, so be sure to check it out if you want to learn more. The full guide can be found here.
Let’s see some awesome PS2 portables in 2018!
The summer building contest just finished up, and Gman took home the gold with his beautiful, top of the line PS2 portable. Sure, I guess it’s somewhat vain to name a project after yourself, but let’s just say he earned it.