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Pixels Movie Collectable Pixels Cup (cinema promotion) teardown and conversion to MAME arcade emulator

Pixels Movie Collectable Pixels Cup (cinema promotion) teardown and conversion to MAME arcade emulator

Yesterday I visited the cinema with my children (not to see Pixels oddly enough!).

In the foyer there was a section of the popcorn stand dedicated to the Pixels movie and selling tie in merchandise.

One of the items was a popcorn and drink combo in a collectable cup shaped like an arcade machine.

I purchased 3 of the combos (there were 3 different cup designs) and gave them to the children. One dropped the popcorn immediately all over the cinema floor (cue tears before the film even started) and we sat back to relax and watch the movie. It was Inside Out if you were curious.

At the end of the film I gathered all the cups up and took them home.

Today I had a look at the cups and was extremely surprised to find out that they are very well designed and built out of Polypropylene and are perfectly sized for mounting a small display to and attaching that display to a Raspberry Pi.

I have just done a teardown of one of the cups, it is not as I expected (just a sealed unit that contained drink) but actually a clipped together front and back and an inner drinks container much like a Thermos flask design.

This means that I can give the inner drinks containers to the children and hack away at the outer shell to my heart’s content.

Stay tuned as I progress.

Pixels Cups just waiting to be converted to a Mame arcade machine

Pixels Cups just waiting to be converted to a Mame arcade machine

Pixels Cups just waiting to be converted to a Mame arcade machine

Pixels Cups just waiting to be converted to a Mame arcade machine

Pixels Cups just waiting to be converted to a Mame arcade machine

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