So I was in a game store one day and saw this Borderlands prop in the clearance section for $20 and couldn’t resist buying it. After about a week I thought to myself “I could totally gut it and cram a pi inside”. That’s when my adventure began to make a real life Borderlands Echo Device.
I went out and got an Adafruit display and started prototyping. I ended up getting the 3.2” display so it was easier to see and use with a stylus/finger. The 2.8” display just looked to small compared to the 3.2” when I was in the store. So this is technically a 1:1 scale prop with the exception that the screen is slightly larger.
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