Kitronik ZIP96 Retro Gamer for Raspberry Pi Pico

KitronikSKU: RB-Ktr-150
Manufacturer #: 5347

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  • Kitronik ZIP96 Retro Gamer: Programmable Handheld Gaming Solution for Raspberry Pi Pico
  • Features a 96 LED display and six input buttons for a comprehensive gaming experience
  • Includes a buzzer for audio feedback and a vibration motor for haptic feedback
  • Ergonomically designed with AA battery holders that double as comfortable handgrips
  • Comes with a MicroPython module and sample code for easy programming

The Kitronik ZIP96 Retro Gamer for Raspberry Pi Pico is an all-encompassing handheld gaming device designed to enhance coding skills. This retro-styled, fully programmable device is specifically designed for the Raspberry Pi Pico. It boasts a myriad of impressive features, including a 96 LED display that can be manipulated with code to create a comprehensive gaming experience.

The Kitronik ZIP96 Retro Gamer is not only suitable for classroom use, but it is also an excellent choice for individuals who already own a Pico or plan to acquire one soon. The device features 96 color, fully addressable LEDs arranged in a 12 x 8 display. It also includes a buzzer for audio feedback, a vibration motor for haptic feedback, and six input buttons, typically used as four directional buttons and two action buttons.

The device also provides access to GP1, GP11, ADC1, and ADC2, along with a set of 3.3V and GND for each, to standard 0.1-inch footprints. GP18 to 21 are also accessible on a 0.1-inch footprint underneath the Pico. The Pico is connected via low-profile 20-way pin sockets. To utilize the ZIP96 Gamer, the Pico should have a soldered pin header and be firmly inserted into the connector.

The ZIP96 does not come with a Pico; the Pico with soldered headers must be purchased separately. The Pico pins will protrude slightly through the board as the pin sockets are low-profile. Power is supplied via the built-in three individual AA battery holders, which are ergonomically placed on the underside of the board to function as hand grips. This design makes the ZIP96 comfortable to hold and play with.

Kitronik has developed a MicroPython module and sample code to support using the ZIP96 Gamer with the Pico. This handheld gamer is supplied fully assembled; just add power, a Pico, and some code.

Please note that the ZIP96 does not come with a Pico with pre-soldered headers; these must be purchased separately.

  • 1x Kitronik ZIP96 Retro Gamer for Raspberry Pi Pico

  • 141 x 60 x 24.6 mm (L x W x H)

  • Number of ZIP LEDs: 96
  • Operating Voltage (Vcc) [ZIP LEDs, Buzzer]: +3.5 - +5.5 V
  • Regulated Voltage (from Pico) [Buttons, Vibration Motor]: +3.3 V
  • Max Current (ZIP LEDs White at 100% Brightness + all devices in use): 1.5 A
  • Estimated Battery Life (ZIP LEDs at 50% Brightness, current at 160mA): 8 hours continuous [based on 1300 mAh batteries]
  • Number of Pin Breakouts: 8 (2x Digital GPIO + 3.3V & GND , 2x ADC + 3.3V & GND, 4x Digital GPIO)

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