Pyra: Finally, A Nice and Clean Keymat

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For many Pandora users out there, the keymat has always been somewhat of a problem. Some users love it, but many of us find it flawed in different ways: the keys are too hard to press, they reflect too much light, it’s tiring to use over extended period of times… fortunately, the upcoming Pyra is featuring a much improved keymat that should take care of most of the issues that we have faced so far.

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Pyra: Full Prototypes Soon!

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As we are soon jumping in the 4th quarter of 2015, things are getting progressively in place for the Dragonbox Pyra, with full prototypes to be assembled within November. The remaining elements are now being produced: the keymat, following its layout finalization, is now in production and samples of the real thing will be available by Mid-October. Once received we will see how it works hands-on, and if keys are lighted up as expected via the backlights.

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Monthly Software News Jul. 15th to Aug. 14th 2015

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Another month poor in New Releases, but actually pretty abundant in updates! I thought most people would be off in July-August but it looks like it did not prevent everyone from doing some work for the Pandora community! The Pyra launch is getting near (probably less than a year from now, we’ll see how it goes) but it’s really nice to see the Pandora scene still kicking as usual. And OH, sorry for being late. But having a baby did not help.

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Gamescom 2015 Welcomes the Pyra

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As you may have heard, the Pyra‘s prototype CPU board could not be completed on time for the Gamescom, but there’s still the devboard available at the show as well as the case and the other hardware that is already finalized. Evil Dragon too this opportunity to prepare a little video for those who could not be at the show.

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What the Pyra Should Look Like : Renders

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As Evil Dragon (the leader of the Pyra handheld project) mentioned before, the case is more or less finished, and last week there was a final poll as well to decide the layout of the keyboard. While the layout will be tweaked further, those renders are pretty close to what the Pyra is supposed to look like later this year. [ Note, this article was updated again on July 30th with new content. ]

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Monthly Software News Jun. 15th to Jul. 14th 2015

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A lot of updates in the past month, but not much new ports or new software this time. There is still the notable addition of the Yabause Saturn emulator that shows what the Pandora can do, and what we could expect from the Pyra (full speed Saturn, probably!). Among the updates, ScummVM 1.7 brings more adventure games to the Pandora, and that’s pretty much always a good thing.

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