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Messing around with a Flipper Zero is about to get even more fun. The just-released Flipper Video Game Module is a Raspberry Pi-powered add-on that turns the Flipper Zero from a hacking/testing tool into a miniature game system.

The Video Game Module adds motion sensing through a gyroscope and accelerometer, a controller port, a USB port, and a video-out jack, so you can use your TV as a Flipper Zero display. The module is compatible with many open-source Raspberry Pi Pico projects, so it can be used as a standalone device without connecting to Flipper Zero too. In keeping with Flipper’s “hack-everything” ethos, everything is open-source, so you can mess around with it in any way you want.

Flipper has prepared some demo apps for the new device, including a digital Oscilloscope, a tilt-controlled version of arcade classic Arkanoid to show off the motion sensing, and an app that lets you use the module as an air mouse. The really interesting apps, though, are sure to be the ones developed by Flipper’s creative community, so be on the lookout in the coming months.

What’s inside the Flipper Zero Video Game Module?

If you want to get intimate with the technical specifications of Flipper, here’s what’s under the hood.

  • Microcontroller: Raspberry Pi RP2040. Dual-core ARM Cortex-M0+ processor, clock running up to 133 MHz.

  • SRAM: 264 kB on-chip.

  • Gyroscope & Accelerometer sensor: TDK ICM-42688-P is a 6-axis MEMS motion-tracking sensor (IMU).

  • USB Type-C port connected to the microcontroller. Acts as a USB device or host (with the limitation that USB power delivery is not supported).

  • Video Out port: DVI-D signal in 640х480 px, 60 Hz. According to Flipper, the video out port “supports a well-known video standard that we can’t name due to copyright limitations. The first letter is H, and the last one is I.” (I wonder if they mean HDMI?)

  • GPIO breakout: 11 GPIO pins connected to the RP2040 microcontroller, two ground pins, and one 3.3 V power pin.

  • Boot button: activates bootloader mode (for developers).

  • Reset button: reboots the module hardware.

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