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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.


Company: Arduboy
Available: Spring 2016
Price: $39.00 USD

This credit-card sized retro gaming system draws its design inspiration from Nintendo’s Game Boy. Arduboy is built on top of the open-source Arduino platform, and is constructed with a combination of metal and polycarbonate. It features 32KB of storage, 2.5KB of RAM, a 1.3-inch OLED screen, stereo speakers, six tactile buttons and a rechargeable battery. These tech specs are decidedly basic but more than enough for some throwback 8-bit gaming.

Speaking of games, the Arduboy comes pre-installed with a classic game, like Blob Attack. A growing online community and developer program have created an online public library/wiki of free, downloadable games. It’s also programmable, making it fun for programmers and aspiring programmers as well.

After far exceeding its Kickstarter goal last year, Arduboy is available for pre-order through a dedicated online store. The system checks in at $39 and comes in white red, green, blue, or yellow.

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