Student Creates a Game Boy Out of a Durian

Student Creates a Game Boy Out of a Durian
Carl Samson
September 29, 2020
Cedrick Tan, the Singaporean student behind the “MelonBoy,” is back at his fruit-to-console transformation game.
This time, the 24-year-old set his crafty eyes and hands on the durian — arguably the last thing some people would want to touch and smell for some “Super Mario Bros. 3.”
Image Screenshot via Cedrick Tan
Tan, however, was challenged by people on Reddit and YouTube, as well as his own social circle to create another console out of the fruit.
Unlike the large, smooth watermelon, the smaller, spiky durian was unsurprisingly harder for the Business Analytics and Marketing student to work with.
Image Screenshot via Cedrick Tan
Tan first emptied and dried the fruit to create a casing. The next steps involved plenty of soldering on a Raspberry Pi circuit board, which led to him being mildly poisoned.
After two weeks, Tan succeeded in building the console, which he aptly called the “PokeBoy.” He documented the process in a YouTube video, which also showed him letting strangers try the device.
“It was definitely more of a pain to make as compared to the ‘MelonBoy.’ However, it was most definitely a FRUITFULL experience,” Tan wrote in an Instagram post.
People lauded Tan’s creativity and encouraged him to keep going on his invention.
“This is GENIUS! I thought the ‘MelonBoy’ was epic but ‘DurianBoy’ is next level bro,” one YouTube user commented.
Another wrote, “Keep up the good work. Also, your editing skills are pretty impressive. Keep going, mate!”
Feature Images via Cedrick Tan (left, right)
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