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Offline ARMiga

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Armiga Project
« on: 02 May 2014, 15:39:36 »
Hi!



We are developing the Armiga Project (http://www.armigaproject.com), which aims to "bring back" the Amiga500 in a modern form factor. We have several prototypes running (two of them were presented at Retromadrid) and have recently launched a crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo (http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/armiga-project).



You can watch our last video at @RetroMadrid
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwMZdMloqfE

Yo can also watch te evolution of our project on our youtube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVVasEzSQE-dotm3fhKN3YQ



I hope you find the project interesting enough.

Regards,

Luis

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Re: Armiga Project
« Reply #1 on: 02 May 2014, 15:46:20 »
is it a PC running Amiga emulation or is there actual Amiga hardware in there (most likely the former since it seems to be running android as well)?

EDIT: yep, unless I'm mistaken, it's basically akin to a netbook with the screen removed, wrapped into an Amiga-inspired case and running some sort of Amiga emulation.

What's the point then...granted, I'm no hardcore Amiga fan, however if I wanted to run Amiga games on PC I'd do it on my PC, you know.

This better be below 50 Euro or else I don't see the appeal, sorry, cause whatever it does my PC (or heck, even my tablet/phone hybrid) does better.
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Re: Armiga Project
« Reply #2 on: 02 May 2014, 15:55:46 »
It's a cubieboard2 running an optimized (for ARM architecture) UAE4ALL over Linux but in a transparent shape for users. It´s plug and play.

It has dual boot (Android or our emu), HDMI, network, USB devices and ADF support.


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Re: Armiga Project
« Reply #3 on: 02 May 2014, 16:02:21 »
whatever it does my PC (or heck, even my tablet/phone hybrid) does better.

I respect your opinion, but i can assure you that your tablet/phone doesn't do it better. Your PC... maybe.


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Re: Armiga Project
« Reply #4 on: 02 May 2014, 16:04:41 »
Alright, so it's a pre-configured, stripped down netbook running UAE.

I can't think of a single noteworthy thing this Armiga might do that my PC couldn't do with a bit of work (and by "work" I mean 5 minutes of googling). Besides looking nifty, that is.

I think I'll pass.

Bummer cause I would've loved a pocket-sized *actual* Amiga 600 with USB/HDMI/Ethernet support. I was already like "ohsnap, take my money!"  :'( I guess licensing issues would be in the way of a project like that anyway.
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Re: Armiga Project
« Reply #5 on: 02 May 2014, 16:13:01 »
(and by "work" I mean 5 minutes of googling).
You are right 5 minutes of googling is enough to do what we have done... good luck.



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Re: Armiga Project
« Reply #6 on: 02 May 2014, 17:03:54 »
Looks cool, but seems there is no connector for DB9 joysticks and no support for HDF files/WHDLoad.
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Re: Armiga Project
« Reply #7 on: 02 May 2014, 17:41:14 »

You are right 5 minutes of googling is enough to do what we have done... good luck.


I said that if I wanted to run Amiga games on PC (which seems to be the whole point of your machine) it'd take 5 minutes of googling tops (also: free). 

So what exactly have you done besides putting together existing, low-budget hardware, pre-loading it with slightly modded third party software and advertising it as an "Amiga in modern form factor". That ain't an Amiga.

I get it, it works straight from floppy disks, great, why would anyone in their right minds use Amiga floppy disks on a full-fledged PC when there's ROM's, though? If you can't get the whole, genuine, Amiga-feel, why bother?

Would it add anything to the experience? Doubtful, this is like bundling ZSNES with a physical cartridge reader and claiming that putting the cartridge in there "brings you back"...come on.

Besides, to my knowledge, reading amiga disks on PC has been possible for quite some time now (albeit I'm no expert my google-fu's strong), so hardly groundbreaking.

Sure it does look cool, the case design is amazing but that's about it.

Good luck though, bro.


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Re: Armiga Project
« Reply #8 on: 02 May 2014, 19:36:18 »
Nice effort and interesting project. Some nice features in there, too (e.g. the "disc dump"!)
Nevertheless, in case of Amiga in modern hardware, I'd prefer a minimig, which isn't based on software emulation, but hardware. You can't miss those db9 connections.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimig

EDIT:
Just saw your aim of 140.000 $...  :o
My opinion: Totally unrealistic!

And the promotional videoclip seems to be heavily inspired by the ones from Apple!  ;D
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Re: Armiga Project
« Reply #9 on: 03 May 2014, 15:11:26 »
Like similar projects (for example Retron 5) I really miss an RGB Output, so you can play on a CRT TV or Amiga Monitor like in old days. For me it is a different feeling when I play old Videogames (include Amiga) on a CRT Screen. This is not only a feeling. The pictures looks different between CRT and LCD Screens.