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This Battery-Free Game Boy Will Spark the Next Gaming Revolution

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Nobody likes a dead battery. So engineers developed a battery-free Game Boy that runs forever. Using energy harvested from the environment, this device could spark the next revolution in gaming.
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This is Engage, a battery-free Game Boy lookalike that can play all the classics from Super Mario to Tetris to Space Invaders. While the device looks like a Game Boy and plays like one, it’s really something revolutionary.

The Engage device harvests energy from these solar panels and these mechanical buttons. So the buttons have these magnets that are pushed through coils. They change the magnetic field and we harvest that change.

The frequency of your button mashing will determine how much energy you actually have. Then the solar panels are also gathering energy and eventually it all flows into this processor which lets us actually play Game Boy games.

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“This project originates from the question: can we game-on-the-go without batteries? Batteries add size, weight, bulk, cost and especially inconvenience because of constant recharging—to any device. Energy can be generated by mashing buttons while gaming, and readily available energy from sunlight is all around us, so why not use this energy for battery-free mobile gaming!”

The first battery-free Game Boy wants to power a gaming revolution

“The handheld device is a “proof by demonstration” that battery-free mobile gaming is possible. It’s not a Nintendo product, but it’s also not just a simple novelty for researchers, either. Like the original Game Boy, it’s designed to spark a revolution.”

There are now more gadgets on Earth than people

“Humanity has reached a milestone on our journey toward the inevitable confrontation with Skynet. For the first time ever, there are now more active mobile devices on planet Earth than people.”


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  1. It needs a backlight. A small single LED or something.

  2. This is absolutely rediculous. You have to sit there mashing buttons when the game shuts off just to get it to turn back on. 1000% impractical.

  3. "A new type of gameplay"

    "Its not a bug, its a feature!"

  4. Instead of inventing better batteries, let's do something innovative.

  5. Real talk, most people don't play hand helds outside, most are in side at night while you about to sleep or just wanna play.

  6. Ok, so, do these:
    – E-Ink display. It does not lose image when it loses power, and consumes much less.
    – Take energy from background radio waves, and microphone input.
    – Take energy from motion, see "Energy harvesting from body motion using rotational micro-generation".
    – Do Stirling engine
    s miniaturize? so you could harvest heat too.

  7. I like your idea but what about changing games would it erase the other game save file. The idea its self could lead to more energy efficient tech which could help with energy demands in so many areas

  8. Aye the homie sport making gameboys on emmmm? I see you.

  9. Aye the homie sport making gameboys on emmmm? I see you.

  10. This guy is going to take batteries out of batteries

  11. I don't think people are going to go for a screen that keeps turning off and on.

  12. Its the myth of the solar powered calculator becaming truth

  13. nice idea, but you can instead play traditional (physical) game

  14. Sounds inefficient if you wanna play tetris then forget where you were

  15. Trust me, i love quartz battery watches but I've come to love solar powered watches! Imagine cell phones, other technological devices, and cars using solar power as a renewable resource to help propel us forward!

  16. it's a great idea in principle, but the lack of a battery makes it impractical.
    generative keys and solar in a laptop for example would make a lot of sense as with that extra energy you're putting back into the battery can be utilized by either extended run time, less potentially coal generated energy being required for charging, or reducing the size of the battery.

    the energy generated in the case of battery/generation hybridisation also wouldn't be required to consistently generate more energy than it requires to function, so the device can continue running whilst maybe you stop to look at something.

  17. Why not put a solar panel on the back of the phone or Gameboy.

  18. Or you could get the solar charger for the gameboy

  19. There’s only 2 major Flaws I have against This design the screen is too small and the constant turning off will be annoying

  20. so maybe direct this video towards the corporations like APPLE, Samsung, HP, DELL and so on… oh and of course Micro$oft . After all they are the ones with planned obsolescence in mind (I promise it's not the consumers fault).

  21. Lol, Engage is already a name used by a handheld console.
    Fair that it was actually called the N-gage … But it still sounds the exact same to the ear

  22. Scar city!?!?! Sounds like a place I don't want to go!!!

  23. Something, something, something, Nokia N-Gage.

  24. The whole thing is retarded. And so thoroughly un-innovative, I fail to even grasp its reason to exist.

  25. in a coding class i had we made mini solar pannal cars out of well solor pannals obviii hoooked em up to a mitor and wheels and then made cars out of paper and popsicle sticks:) ( i made icecream truck

  26. Please, make this happen. You have one sure customer here

  27. Please EMP-harden this console, so it will keep working after the apocalypse

  28. It would be cool if someone made game mechanics around the flaws of the device turning it into a feature. Maybe a fighting game in which the time limit is based on the energy the device has

  29. too bad theres already a solar panel for the gameboy

  30. Playing in phone looses the electric .
    Playing in game boy charges electric

  31. Never heard for scar-city, is that similar to scare-city?

  32. Would be cool to power it using not only the button presses and solar panel, but with motion (like on some wrist watches) and maybe the heat of your hands. Maybe additional power sources will be introduced in the Gameboy colour version 🙂

  33. Dude your video game isn't heating the earth up. It's them cows that keep your cheeks chubby, car and air-conditioning. Ditch the AC, ride a bicycle everywhere and charge your game boy.

  34. Starcraft is the perfect game for this console

  35. In the future, would you play a sustainable gaming console? Let us know in the comments below.

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