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ShadowBox Arcade


RidicRick

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Ok, this isn't an arcade, but since my tablet is in there I could hook up a wii controller or any blutooth controller and play MAME.

I came up with this idea a few months ago and decided what the hell and built it... let me know what you guys think. The website for it isnt up just yet. I will probably just offer

the graphics to build your own unless someone really wants me to build one for them. I would of course use a digital picture frame that played video instead of a tablet, or you can throw your tablet in there if you wish.

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First, bought myself a shadow box from Hobby Lobby. This one is 13x17.

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I also bought a small sheet of styrofoam. And a styrofoam cutter (it just gets hot and cuts through it like butter).

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See.. cuts like butter. :)

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So here I have larger slots cutout for the buttons on the tablet. Just so I don't have to pull it out to turn it off or hit the buttons.

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Test fitting the tablet in the shadowbox. Make sure to buy the thickest depth shadowbox, it gives you more room to mount your LCD, tablet, or digital picture frame.

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Black cardboard from Hobby Lobby. Cut this to fit inside. It will be the inner bezel.

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Its coming together nicely! Cannot wait to print the graphics and get this project done! The video playing is a flv video preview from emumovies.

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Graphics are printed, laminated, and ready for install. I will be installing a graphic on each side of the plexi (was glass but I broke it). With two different graphics I can change them around at anytime to have a different theme.

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And here we go.. its done!!! Just wait until you see the video!

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With that glass from the frame, how would you touch the screen of the tablet in order to start games, change apps, etc? Seems like a PITA to have to open the frame every time you want to do something on the tablet or even just touch the screen...

- J*

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With my tablet I dont have to touch the screen, just use the wii controller and set a button to exit. But really its not meant to play games. Just meant to show video of one game that matches the shadowbox. Then have lets say have a wall of 5 shadow boxes each playing the games video. DK, DKjr, DK3, MarioBros, Popeye.

So really you wouldnt use a tablet. Get a cheap digital picture frame that plays video.

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With my tablet I dont have to touch the screen, just use the wii controller and set a button to exit. But really its not meant to play games. Just meant to show video of one game that matches the shadowbox. Then have lets say have a wall of 5 shadow boxes each playing the games video. DK, DKjr, DK3, MarioBros, Popeye.

So really you wouldnt use a tablet. Get a cheap digital picture frame that plays video.

Gotcha... I understand what it's for now. That sounds like a cool idea to hang a bunch of these on the wall.

- J*

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I actually like this idea alot...I might have to steal the idea when I move and have my game room. The only thing I would do differently is mod the tablet/picture frame and add a way to plug it in and turn it off from the outside the box.

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I actually like this idea alot...I might have to steal the idea when I move and have my game room. The only thing I would do differently is mod the tablet/picture frame and add a way to plug it in and turn it off from the outside the box.

I put a hole in the back of mine so that it can be plugged in and hide the wires a little better. And the new 12" digital picture frame I am putting into it has a remote control to turn it on/off so I wont need to have a on/off switch.

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I put a hole in the back of mine so that it can be plugged in and hide the wires a little better. And the new 12" digital picture frame I am putting into it has a remote control to turn it on/off so I wont need to have a on/off switch.

Very cool. Thanks a lot for the neat idea.

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  • 1 year later...

I sold the digital shadow box arcade but it was a $250 tablet (forgot which one) just playing a video of the game. You could use a emulator and actually play the game using blutooth and a wii controller. But I would just get a digital picture frame, load the video, put on the bezel and be done at a much cheaper cost.

Most of the art you can find here, then just make it whatever size you need for the shadow box you get.

http://arcadeartlibrary.com/arcade_art/

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