We had some spare Raspberry Pi’s laying around and I’ve been wanting to build a NAS / FTP server using one, so instead of using a boring Pi case we decided to build a working BMO complete with MAME emulation and all the other fun features. Once I get sick of playing with BMO he’ll become my NAS using the functionality available in the Raspbian linux distro.

Our distro choice will be PiPlay formerly PiMAME.


The plan:

  • 1 x Raspberry Pi model B with 32gig SD card
  • 1x USB Wifi adapter
  • 1x USB powered speaker with small lipo backup battery (BMO’s Voice box)
  • 1x 4.8″ TFT LCD Screen for BMO’s face
  • 1x USB keyboard encoder for his front buttons (on order)
  • 1x Bluetooth keyboard for setting up
  • 1x Custom made 3D printed BMO chassis thanks to Pat Harding

Future mods will include controls, more USB ports and functional front buttons on BMO


First up I’ll have to butcher the screen I got off eBay to remove it’s casing to fit in our BMO.

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Simple unscrewed the case and used the side cutters to break the cable out (it wouldn’t unplug)

The layout for now until the encoder arrives to make his front buttons work.



This is it for now until we’ve drawn up the model for the 3D printed BMO chassis.