If you have a series of classic game consoles, finding space to set them up can be a challenge. But the bigger problem is figuring out how to connect them all to a TV with at most two to three inputs. [odelot] Recently I wrote to tell us how he solved these two problems Voice control wall with his game history.
To install the system on the wall, [odelot] Designed and printed corner brackets are connected to specially shaped 3mm MDF pieces. They did a great job of fixing the system at a visually interesting angle while making themselves scarce. Only the infamous Wii with a smooth bottom needed some extra clips in the front to prevent it from slipping off.He also printed a series of building blocks and pipes, which are undoubtedly reference Mario brothers., Used to fix the power cord and video cable of each system.
As for connecting them all to his TV, [odelot] An eight-device Extron VGA switch was selected, which has a serial port for remote control. After adapting all systems to the appropriate video standards, he connected the ESP8266 to the switch and wrote some code to link it with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant.
Just say the name of the system he wants to play, and the microcontroller will flick the switch to the appropriate input and turn on a circle of blue LEDs under the appropriate shelf to indicate which console has been selected.There is even a series of solid state relays that will eventually control the main power supply of each system, but [odelot] Not yet fully implemented. Currently, the electronic equipment of the project is installed on a fairly compact breadboard, but it seems that he is in the early stages of designing a suitable PCB to clean it all up.
Not satisfied with simply controlling commercial A/V switches? In the past, we have seen truly dedicated console collectors design their own custom switches from the ground up, complete with a monitor that displays the currently selected system logo.