1. 9,582

    61
    Front-page
    lyra.PNG
    Creoqode, a London-based company known for making DIY gadgets, is launching its new project on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. Named Lyra this handheld device is powered by a Raspberry Pi CM3L (Compute Module 3 Lite) that claims to "virtually emulate any game console of the classic era" (think RetroPie). The Lyra comes in two different versions; a fully assembled one at £179 and a DIY version at £149 (somewhat akin the MAKERbuino). Both versions of the console boast the following specs:
    • SOC: Broadcom BCM2837B0, Cortex-A53 (ARMv8) 64-bit SoC
    • CPU: 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
    • RAM: 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM
    • Display: 5" TFT LCD 800 x 480 Resolution
    • Video: DPI Interface & HDMI
    • Audio: Integrated Speaker, 3.5 mm Audio Output & HDMI
    • USB: Micro USB 2.0
    • Memory: 16 GB Micro SD Card. Upgradable to any memory size.
    • Battery: 3000 mAh LiPo
    While the handheld packs a 5 inch, 800 x 480 display, it can also be hooked to a monitor via HDMI and since it operates via a Raspberry Pi board, Lyra can double as a personal computer.


    1.jpg 2.jpg 3.jpg 4.jpg

    While situating itself on the pricey end of the DIY spectrum, the Lyra is worth keeping an eye out for, especially if you are into DIY-ing or want to learn more about the intricacies of video game hardware and software development. The handheld will come with a comprehensive tutorial series guiding users about hardware, software and assembly.

    Founder of Creoqode, Cem Eltutar, says that “While bringing back the nostalgia of classic video gaming in your pocket, Lyra also provides a fundamental education about hardware and software. Assembling Lyra makes users familiar with the components of a game console and their working principles. Installing an OS and being able to code video games from scratch provides the first step towards software design.”

    Of note, Lyra's Kickstarter campaign has nearly doubled its £30,000 goal at the time of writing, meaning that the product will come to fruition.

    What do you think of the Lyra? Will you be interested in DIY-ing one for yourself?

    :arrow: Lyra Kickstarter Campaign
     
  2. Discussion (61 replies)

  3. DKB

    DKB I'll be watching you sleep tonight.
    Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2015
    Messages:
    1,874
    Country:
    United States
    Just seems like a pre-release version of the Nintendo Switch Mini. (The price.) Which will outclass this thing once that one can be hacked. Which, I know for a fact it will after a while it will.
     
  4. Dust2dust

    Dust2dust GBAtemp Maniac
    Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2010
    Messages:
    1,177
    Country:
    Canada
    They should have gone with a slightly larger console shell with six front buttons (ABC XYZ) for games like Street Fighter II, instead of relying on the old shoulder buttons design that every "official" portable console uses. Since it's for retro-gaming, that would have made sense. That would have made me back up the project.
     
    2Hack likes this.
  5. osaka35

    osaka35 Instructional Designer
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2009
    Messages:
    3,045
    Country:
    United States
    I wonder if it'll be upgradable once the eventual CM4L comes out. And it looks spiffy, but I'm always hesitant to pay that much for pi powered kits.

    All depends on the quality of the controls and screen, I suppose. And how durable it is.

    (150 pounds is around 184 US dollars as of right now, for those not wanting to Google it)
     
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2019
  6. Andalitez

    Andalitez GBAtemp Fan
    Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2018
    Messages:
    437
    Country:
    United States
    As cool as it looks, just get a switch to do all that and more
     
  7. MarkDarkness

    MarkDarkness Deliverator
    Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2009
    Messages:
    960
    Country:
    Poland
  8. wurstpistole

    wurstpistole I got 8 warning points
    Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2015
    Messages:
    4,299
    Country:
    Gambia, The
    You know nothing 'for a fact' about Switch Lite hacking.
     
  9. regnad

    regnad Button Masher
    Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2008
    Messages:
    2,243
    Country:
    After watching that video, I think it’s fair to say I’m not hip enough to own one of those.
     
  10. Tom Bombadildo

    Tom Bombadildo Dick, With Balls
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2009
    Messages:
    12,792
    Country:
    United States
    It's a tiny bit pricey IMO, you can probably put together a similar kit that uses a full Pi for a bit cheaper, but this would probably have better build quality than what you can get right now so eh. Would be interesting to see if it'd run with the eventual release of the Compute Module 4.
     
    0x3000027E, gnmmarechal and Veho like this.
  11. Jiehfeng

    Jiehfeng a.k.a, Your Maitreya
    Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2012
    Messages:
    5,060
    Country:
    Sri Lanka
    Even building your own Pi handheld is surprisingly expensive once you try it yourself. The Pi is cheap enough, but as you start ordering other parts for your build, the total actually goes over $100. But yeah, you said a "bit" cheaper so you may be still right. In any case building your own handheld is fun stuff.

    Also this handheld has no analog stick or triggers, that's a big no from me.
     
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2019
  12. wiewiec

    wiewiec GBAtemp Advanced Fan
    Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2015
    Messages:
    642
    Country:
    Poland
    Bit overpriced i think...
     
  13. Tom Bombadildo

    Tom Bombadildo Dick, With Balls
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2009
    Messages:
    12,792
    Country:
    United States
    There are actually some DIY kits you can find that are less than $100 (we actually have a review for one coming up soon!), though they're not exactly the same as what you'd get with this particular build.

    But yeah, it will depend on how you decide to design the thing, what screen you want to use, etc etc. Could probably get it all done with a 3D printed case for like $150 max, for something with a similar design as this, so it's not that big of an upcharge.
     
    gnmmarechal likes this.
  14. lordelan

    lordelan GBAtemp Psycho!
    Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2015
    Messages:
    4,416
    Country:
    Germany
    It certainly won't. No fusee gelee and no pegaswitch.
     
  15. Jiehfeng

    Jiehfeng a.k.a, Your Maitreya
    Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2012
    Messages:
    5,060
    Country:
    Sri Lanka
    Looking forward to it. I tried building one myself I wanted a decent size of a screen, 5 inch touch screen iirc, a rechargable battery pack, a board for handling the controller/analog input, wires, etc. It all eventually went over $100 and I still haven't finished the project due to 3D printer issues. I do hope that DIY kit has all button/analog input and a decent size screen, all to fit a raspberry 3/4, not a zero.
     
  16. the_randomizer

    the_randomizer The Temp's official fox whisperer
    Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2011
    Messages:
    29,478
    Country:
    United States
    I mean it looks pretty cool, I hope it's powerful enough to emulate Snes games that use special chips. The RP3 struggles with Super FX, S-DD1, etc games, so maybe this will fare better?
     
    MicmasH_W likes this.
  17. Kubas_inko

    Kubas_inko "Something funny goes here."
    Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2017
    Messages:
    6,256
    Country:
    Czech Republic
    smach z 2.0
     
  18. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".
    Former Staff

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2006
    Messages:
    9,574
    Country:
    Croatia
    I like the design and shape of the console.

    Eh, yes and no. Depending on the specs, and if you're comfortable with soldering, you can cobble one together for $20 (using a $5 Pi Zero):

    https://www.instructables.com/id/20-Portable-Raspberry-Pi-Game-Console/

    Of course this is using a 320x240 screen and the cheapest components, if you want anything better the price goes up, it's all down to what you need/what you're willing to settle for.

    That being said soldering is a major hurdle for a lot of people; "raw" components you solder yourself are several times cheaper than neat and tidy plug-in components, so the above example would cost you over $50 (at least) if you want to avoid soldering and want to just plug everything into the mobo and go. It all adds up.
     
  19. Clydefrosch

    Clydefrosch GBAtemp Guru
    Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2009
    Messages:
    5,506
    Country:
    Germany
    I feel like I'd rather just get the controllers as grips for a smartphone?
     
  20. Jiehfeng

    Jiehfeng a.k.a, Your Maitreya
    Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2012
    Messages:
    5,060
    Country:
    Sri Lanka
    I just bought a rechargable battery with the controller and a separate board to handle the controller, just to save time. It still requires soldering though. Personally I'd never try a Pi Zero build when I can get more emulation of consoles with a 3 or 4, and I dislike tiny screens like that. :P

    I'm curious though, what plug in components are you referring to? I think you'd have a hard time fitting them into a case, and most of those kinds of components are usually for connecting to a TV, not a handheld. At least the ones I've seen, but it's been a while.
     
  21. the_randomizer

    the_randomizer The Temp's official fox whisperer
    Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2011
    Messages:
    29,478
    Country:
    United States
    Wait, this uses a RP Zero? Eww. Too weak for anything more than SNES.
     
    Silent_Gunner and RivenMain like this.
Loading...

Hide similar threads Similar threads with keywords - Kickstarter, Raspberry, launches