At spo-comm quality starts with apprenticeship

Working independently and implementing own projects in the daily routine are a matter of course at spo-comm, even for our trainees during their apprenticeship. This, for instance, shows the final project of one of our trainees Erwin Seliverstov. A single-board computer integrated in a Gameboy housing? That’s not a problem for our future IT systems technician.

Project goal

The goal of the final project was to install a single-board computer with a display in a handheld housing of a certain size. In addition, the system should have an easily accessible SD card and a rechargeable battery for mobile use.

The solution

Since a classic Gameboy case should be used, the external dimensions of 150 x 90 x 35 mm were fix. This affected the selection of the other components. After a few researches the Raspberry Pi Zero was used as a single-board computer, as it fits perfectly to the requirements – concerning the dimensions as well as the technical data. As a power supply a classical smartphone battery is used. Its voltage is converted from 3.8 to 5 volts using a Li-Ion battery converter, a so-called PowerBoost Charger. As a result, an on/off button and the possibility of charging the battery via micro-USB cable could also be realized.

 

The main question was: Does all of this really fit into a little Gameboy? The answer is: Yes it does. To store all components, the housing just had to be modified a bit. The display has been extended, the battery shaft removed and additional holes for the control were inserted. The control is, by the way, done via a specially designed control board, a so-called "all-in-one-button PCB" board, which is connected to a classic USB control board. In order to allow an easy change of the SD card, a service flap was installed.

So that’s the point where Erwin had all the important hardware together. But that was not enough: Of course, the software had also to be selected. Our trainee chose an adapted Linux called EmulationStation as operating system. This software allows configuring the different keys with the particular control commands. Now the installation only had to be completed and this very special Mini-PC was finally finished. Using so-called emulators (= programs, that simulate a system to make software compatible), it can now be played with popular retro-games.

There is no question that we want to preserve so much competence and motivation. We are therefore very pleased that Erwin Seliverstov will continue working for us after completing his apprenticeship as an IT systems technician. From August 1, 2017, he will support us with his skills in the areas of service and product management.

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DIN EN ISO 9000 ff. is an internationally applied and approved quality management standard, which ensures that certain standards are maintained within a company.

Our operational processes are regularly reviewed, optimized and kept transparent for all. Risks can be easily identified, reduced and even estimated. Therefore suppliers have to prove themselves and the production of goods in monitored in order to ensure a continuous quality assurance of our products and services.

With the DIN EN ISO 9001:2015 certification, the latest revision of the ISO standard, we guarantee that we work according to the latest quality standards and regularly control ourselves through internal audits.

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Sounds exciting, right? Indeed, it is. We also found some time and visited two events: eCommerce-Day and "VR in Nuremberg". On Tuesday the eCommerce-Day offered interesting lectures about the latest state of eCommerce. In addition to trends and forecasts regarding commerce in the digital age, we also learned a lot about payment methods, growth opportunities for online shops and what we can expect from Google in the near future regarding SEO and SEA. Also the important topics eCommerce law and data protection weren’t missed out. As you can imagine, we took a lot of useful input with us, which we can use for our daily business.

Virtual reality in Nuremberg

On Thursday we visited "VR in Nuremberg" (#vrnue) at the Südwestpark Forum. Local companies and start-ups presented their impressive virtual reality applications. The enthusiasm of the exhibitors for their projects was infectious and so we held interesting discussions about the possibilities offered by augmented and virtual reality for the industry 4.0. In addition to the VR exhibition, the sessions of the barcamp were also an ideal opportunity to network and exchange visions.

Many thanks to the organizers and to all those who made this event so unique. This just leaves us one question: Where can we register for the next Web Week?

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High-end at its best: Intel Core i9 incoming

The fact that Intel will introduce new Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs for high-end PCs this summer is considered as safe. The exciting part about that: According to leaked information, an Intel Core i9 processor is to be introduced for the first time. Such a high-class model will be a little bit oversized for Mini-PCs, but we are nevertheless curious about what we can expect from the new super CPUs.

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