It feels like gaming central around here with this retro gaming console that just caught my eye! Rafael Rubio’s wood-e is a gaming console created from, well, wood! It’s an emulation system based on Raspberry (though other electronics and systems can be fitted in), which basically means its software has been programmed to operate and behave like the hardware of an older video game system.
Inspired by the Nintendo tabletop arcade machines of the ’80s, Rubio wanted to bring back the style of some of the older video games. However, he wanted to create a design that would withstand the passage of time and could be easily maintained and repaired. Machine CNC-milled wood was his choice of material. Boasting a strong wooden structure, the console features bright red arcade-style buttons and a traditional joystick that evokes nostalgia! However, the red buttons are neutralized by the matte black and warm wood elements, creating a design that could double up as a decorative piece in your home.
Video games are always fun, but arcade-style ones that take us on a trip down memory lane have a special place in everyone’s heart. However, wood-e ‘s warm retro-esque aesthetics steal the show, making it much more than an ordinary gaming console!
Designer: Rafael Rubio
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