ORIGINAL CONSOLE: SEGA Genesis Base Product: ATGames SEGA Genesis Classic Game Console (Kohls Release 2016) Base Components: ATGames Console, 2 IR Basic Genesis Controllers Base Price: $49.99 (2018) Overall Goal: Portablize the ATGames SEGA Genesis Classic Console using as much base hardware as possible. Starting Date: 01-16-19 This will be my first console modding attempt and as such I broke it up into 5 phases which will narrow my focus and take things slow. I picked this console since its fairly cheap and small. I know one or two other members have started a mod with this console before but neither have posted finished product as far as I know. I didn't want to do an emulator based micro-controller project as I wanted to try messing with actual hardware. I have access to 3D printer so prototyping cases will be easy. Ideas or tips for goals in any of the phases are welcome! I will try my best to document my progress. --------------------------- PHASE I: PG-1 "CONCOLLER" Primary Goal: Combine single IR controller and base console into single frame Secondary Goal: Convert original IR controller into wired controller Bonus Goal: Enable 2nd IR controller input (IR or wired) Concerns: -May not be able to direct connect the IR controller emitter to IR receiver circuit on console board -Gripping the system interfering with cartridge slot Status: 01-16-19 + Initial Teardown Completed 01-18-19 + CAD Modeling of Base Components Completed Base Components: Base Console Teardown Base Console Board Assembly Main Board (MB) [Top Layer] Main Board (MB) [Bottom Layer] I/O Board (IOB) [Top Layer] I/O Board (IOB) [Bottom Layer] IR/PWR I/O Board (IPB) [Top Layer] IR/PWR I/O Board (IPB) [Bottom Layer] Base Controller Teardown Controller I/O Board (CIOB) [Top Layer] Controller I/O Board (CIOB) [Bottom Layer] Barebones Testing: Wired 3.3V Source on MB to CIOB Voltage Regulator on MB takes 9V to 3.3V Voltage Regulator Pinout from Bottom of MB (Top- 9V Input, Middle- GND, Bottom- 3.3V Output) Removed IPB and Rewired to be Free from IOB, Bent IR Reciever to be Straight, Bent IR Transmitter on CIOB 180 Deg IOB Pinout (White- , Red- , Black- , Blue- ) Completed Phase 1 Electrical Assembly with Current Controller Frame Frame Design/Testing: Test Print of new color changing filament (Joycon Mount) CAD Renders/Basic Dimensions: CIOB MB IOB IPB Electrical Assembly Current PG-1 Bottom Case Design --------------------------- PHASE II: PG-2 "POWERCON" Primary Goal: Enable use of replaceable battery pack instead of AC power adapter Secondary Goal: Enable dual option of DC or AC power Bonus Goal: Enable rechargeable power source --------------------------- PHASE III: PG-3 "SCREENOLE" Primary Goal: Add 3"-4" screen to the system Secondary Goal: Enable speaker OR headphone jack audio Bonus Goal: Enable dual option of screen or external peripheral (aka TV) use Concerns: -Deciding what speakers to use and implementing the splitter for speaker or headphone audio Status: -Currently looking at ASIN #B0045IIZKU (3.5" TFT LCD Display). Supposedly can be powered by at least 5V when you mod it like this reviewer did. Has an audio input but no sound. --------------------------- PHASE IV: PG-4 "HAND-GEN" Primary Goal: Design screen to be deploy-able to protect when not in use Secondary Goal: TBD Bonus Goal: Investigate and provide information for implementing a standard controller instead of IR one --------------------------- PHASE V: PG-AK Final product design with one reproduction unit.