A GUY has taken a child's chainsaw toy, a Raspberry Pi Zero, a tin of red paint and some inspiration and created the Painsaw, a Doom 2-playing piece of wonder.
George Merlocco has uploaded a video of the thing in action (see below). It is perhaps the most apposite Doom 2 mod that we have ever seen, and we do like a mod.
Merlocco reckons that he is not usually creative, so he must have been struck by some sort of inspiration lightning bolt.
We could go on about it all day, but Merlocco has blogged in great detail about the Painsaw and how it came to be.
"I never get creative ideas, but the Pi Zero Painsaw was an exception. It's a Raspberry Pi Zero that I crammed into an Echo Junior Chainsaw toy, along with a bunch of other things, and it runs Doom," he wrote.
"It's a love-letter to Doom, the things I've learned from my Raspberry Pi(s) and a special, unique piece of memorabilia that I hope to keep forever."
This is bad news, because we would like to buy one.
Merlocco has made the Echo Junior Chainsaw toy better by adding a power source that allows mobile gaming, or at the least chainsaw swinging around, and, of course, the Raspberry Pi Zero.
"The system powers up via a 4400mAh Li-Ion battery on the flick of the main rocker switch. This effectively enables the Adafruit PowerBoost 1000 Charger which feeds that power to the Raspberry Pi Zero," he explained.
"Connected to the Pi Zero's 40-pin GPIO header is the Adafruit PiTFT 2.2in HAT which is the cutest 320x240 2.2in TFT LCD perfect for a scaled-down bloody chainsaw.
"This Painsaw commemorates my love for the game, the genre that it helped to create, the developers who built it, and everything that mankind has created which allows for such an entertaining game to be played on a tiny computer machine embedded in a toy.
"May the Painsaw live long and always educate the new youth of the roots of the FPS genre with a title that is perhaps one of the greatest games of all time."
Enough words. Check it out in action. µ
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