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2005 Back to (old) School Competition

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Kraln posted the rules for his old-school games programming competition.

Gameplay is much higher-rated than graphics. DS entries are allowed as long as hardware 3D functionality isn’t utilized and 4-bit colors are used. Visit the site for more information by clicking on the image below.

2005 Back to (old) School Competition 

PassMe being sold again

Monday, August 29th, 2005

I started selling gold-plated PassMes again. Please visit my shop by clicking on the picture below.

 PassMe Shop

GPS for DS

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005

I have connected a Lassen iQ GPS module to my serial interface.

Maps are downloaded from Google Maps servers with a small script. Google maps consist of 128×128 pixel tiles.  You have to specify your address, so that map tiles around your area are downloaded. There is also a parameter for number of tiles you want. Zoom levels are possible but require to have a few tile-sets, one for each zoom level.

EDIT: Note that maps are downloaded to the CF card using the computer. DS WiFi is not reverse engineered yet. 

GBAMP (GBA Movie Player) is used to store the program and data on a CompactFlash card (special thanks to chishm and DarkFader). Number of tiles is only limited by memory size of CF card.

gps-whole.jpg gps-screens.jpg

Here is the CF folder for a map around my area consisting of 64 google tiles. I used this for testing. As you see, tiles are just ordinary GIF images.


If you are wondering, there is a formula to go from latitude and longitude (which are provided by GPS) to Google tile number.

Code will be published later after a few things are cleaned up a bit :)

PDA Keyboard Tested

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

I connected a Palm keyboard to the PassMe serial interface. After initial trouble, I got it to show scan codes when keys are pressed/depressed. This can be used for fast text entry if needed…

passme-kbd-bottom.jpg passme-kbd.jpg 

Bluetooth module tested

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

Today I tested a Serial-to-Bluetooth module connected to my PassMe serial interface. It’s Class 1 Bluetooth with 100+ metres (300+ feet) line-of-sight range. I could send and receive data using HyperTerminal. Next step would be to write some useful application for it … e.g. IRC client :)

Perhaps it’s possible to connect to a Bluetooth cell phone? I requested some documentation from the manufacturer.


RS232 Level Converter

Saturday, July 9th, 2005

If one wants to connect PassMe serial interface to devices with RS232 voltage levels (such as a serial COM port of the computer), one has to use a level-converter. Here is a small level-converter I made using a MAX3221 chip. It plugs right into the serial interface connector.

level-converter-soldered.jpg level-converter-size.jpg 

Serial Interface for PassMe

Sunday, July 3rd, 2005

Serial Interface for PassMe How-To posted under Projects. This interface allows to communicate with computer and other devices such as other DS, PDA keyboards, motor controllers, etc…

Flashme Service and Pre-Modified DS Available

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Ahead Games now offers FlashMe firmware upgrade service here. You just send your DS in and they flash it and send it back to you.

Don’t have a DS or want a second one? Buy a pre-modified DS here

Back from Vacation

Wednesday, May 4th, 2005

Well, I decided not to make any more batches of PassMes, sorry…

Reasons are:

  • Poor availability of connectors in small quantities
  • Emergence of WiFiMe and FlashMe

If you have a friend with a PassMe/WiFiMe he can easily flash your DS for you. Otherwise (i.e. you don’t have any friends), you can buy a WiFiMe compatible card and sell it after flashing.

Lynx has decided to make another run of PassMes which you can order from his site

Meanwhile, someone sent me a connector which was a bit different from the ones I used and had to be soldered to the back side of PassMe. Below are some pictures of the result. Not too bad, if you ask me :)

passme-angled-iso-bottom.jpg passme-angled-iso-top.jpg passme-angled-inserted.jpg 

Connectors have arrived!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2005

Finally the connectors have arrived! emoticon

Here are two pictures of a finished PassMe with DS cart inserted.

passme-connector-iso.jpg  passme-connector-side.jpg

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