Ok so I saw this blog post on Evil Mad Scientist (which up until now I had thought was only a cool blog) about this handheld video game thing called a Meggy JR and I was like : “hmn. I want one of those things!” but apparently it was a kit of some kind so I was like : “I bet I can write them and offer to pay a little more if they send me one pre-built” but then I saw that it was just $100 and figured I’d give it a shot myself. When I was a kid there was this comany called HeathKit that would sell you stereos and calculators and stuff, but the catch was that they were in kit form and you had to build them. My dad ordered a morse code key kit and we built it together (well, he did and I ‘helped’) over a couple of nights. I always think back to then and wish there was something similar. (see other old heathkit products here)
I had expected the Meggy kit to be a schematic printed on some piece of paper and some parts in a bag. Wow, was I wrong. The kit came in a bunch of little organized bags and had an amazing manual that went over each step with great detail for the beginner and expert alike. I was very impressed and this totally reminded me of the old HeathKit days.
Anyway, so I’m going to start building it today. If it works I’ll let you know!