The Raspberry Pi has already gained a reputation as a vehicle to emulate classic video game consoles. Lyra takes this one step further by allowing you to play the classics on a portable device – bringing the history of gaming right into your hands and allowing you to carry hundreds of games around in your pocket.
The Lyra features a five-inch display at a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, with a DPI interface and HDMI out, allowing you to connect it to a bigger screen or TV. You can even add extra controllers via a USB port so that others can play at the same time. It has an integrated speaker and a headphone / 3.5mm audio out socket, an SD Card slot and a 3,000 mAh LiPo battery.
What’s really sets the Lyra apart, though, is that you get a fully working mini personal computer in the palm of your hands – powerful enough to surf the internet, watch movies and do basic tasks like emailing and such. You can also tinker with sensors and gadgets through the exposed Pi GPIO port.
The system comes in two versions. The first comes complete out of the box, letting you get started within five minutes. The other comes as a kit, allowing you to see how handheld devices are put together. You don’t need any special tools or knowledge to put the kit together though and you can do so in as little as fifteen minutes. Both versions come with some pretty comprehensive guides and tutorials showing you everything from assembly, to the operating system installation and game downloads.
Lyra is already proving popular. Launched in July, it’s reached almost double its Kickstarter goal at the time of writing.
Minimum pledge: £5 (support only), £149 (standard console with worldwide shipping)