I have been thinking about getting a Pandora for a while, and I have just lost my EEEPC charger so its getting more urgent LOL.
The thing is if I was to get one I would want to make a game for it, and I would want to use blender to do it! how would one go about making a game for such a platform? Its a linux distro at heart but its not running on a x86 processor. Is there a blender build that would run on it? or would I need to do something different?
What sort of graphics could I exspect to achive? its OpenGL 2.0 conplient so GLSL shaders might be a possability No?
I’m cant do things like build my own blender builds, I’m more of an artist so any advice would be great!
I ordered one about a week ago - it’s expensive compared to other solutions ( eg Wiz / Dingoo - even though Pandora is more fully featured with keyboard etc ), but was worth supporting a completely open source solution.
It’s a shame that an accellerometer was left out of the spec.
Can’t wait to see if some-one gets either Blender or the stand-alone GE ( or both ) working on Pandora.
Sure, you could always add some additional hardware and fancy stuff, but it would keep getting more expensive and you really don’t need an accelerometer for 100% of the emus that run on the pandora…
but you can mod your pandora if you really need one, of course that’s the beauty of it!
But finally, if you really think it’s outdated already and there is some other device with even better specs (highres touch display, arm CPU, gaming controls, keyboard, open drivers, wifi, bluetooth, linux, usb, s-video out, 2 sd-card slots, 256mb ram, big batterpack etc) GET ONE! and please tell me about it, I would think about canceling my Pandora too
When it was designed mobile phones looked different than today - where there are phones with 1Ghz of processor power. So the 600Mhz Arm is not that impressive any more.
The emulators are crutches while there is not so much native software. Emulators for decade old systems? Sorry, nice to see, fun to fiddle with, but not something to show around.
Accellerometers, gyro controls are one of the evolutions that make devices like the Wii or the iPhone interesting. A little more processor power, some polygons more per second? No one really cares except for some nerds.
Yes, it is a nice open system. But if I add a piece of hardware - how much software will be there that supports it? - The base package has to be complete, and the (my) definition of a complete base package changed in the last two years.
Er… GET A Pandora :-P. (Quote from the Current Status on openpandora.org: “last updated: 2009-05-11 23:52:10”.)
Yes, there is no gaming handheld with full qwertz keyboard. All the other features are not that impressive per se any more. (The battery lasts only 10 hours - says the specs, no one tested it yet!) Maybe there is no system that meets all of your specs together (I don’t need to say there is no other system that meets all your specs.)
But: Any other gaming handheld that is available is better. Because it is available. (And, because of mass production, there is enough software available, so there is no need for emulating old systems just to raise the software count.
Well, I won’t try to convince you that you should get a Pandora… Just note, that there are people (e.g. me) who look forward to it
For me, it will be the perfect handheld. It’s not finished yet but I trust it will be soon. Maybe Pandora will be like DukeN, but in that case they still have like 11 years to go until they admit that it won’t come
These are all good points and I’m glad to hear that blender “Might” run on a pandora.
But I was thinking If someone Has Ported blender to the ARM architecture, would this not have wider implications that it just running on Pandora’s?
A quick search on the net reveals that the IPhone among other small devices use an ARM CPU Link.
Blender running on the IPhone would probably make it the most powerful app in the app store. But I was thinking more along the lines of making games or apps for small devices using the blender game engine!
I remember seeing someone ported Blender to the Windows Mobile OS “but no game engine :(” LINK
Any Ideas on how this would be done or if its possible?
whoooho, that would be awesome Campbell!!
BlenderGE could get the engine of choice when developing games for pandora. Probably not the most efficient but still the best for people who can’t code more then some basic python (me )
Lets see when pandora gets shipped and try it!!
PS: If anyone would offer to port Blender+BGE to be able to run on Pandora, I guess you should contact Evildragon; I’m sure he would supply the one with an early final unit (for free?) since Pandora would benefit greatly from Blender!!!
Pandora dev-forum: http://www.gp32x.com/board/index.php?showforum=64
Evildragon address: [email protected]