Must. Resist. The. Temptation.

Who am I kidding, I'm probably going to build the big version anyways sooner or later, now that I know the matrix is there...

So I connected the big matrix to the small PCB with some wires just to test if there would be enough current for it. Works perfectly fine.

Fine, I held on for a month. But another late evening, another PCB design, and I figured out why not, I will make a PCB for the large version of PewPew.
Added lanyard holes and two prototyping ideas just in case someone wants a badge for a conference or something...
The back side is completely empty (well, there are the extra pins broken out at the top, like with the original PewPew), so the conference logo and participant's name could be placed there.

The PCBs are fabricated, and they have sent me a photo. Now just waiting for the shipping.

The PCBs finally arrived and I assembled one in my lunch break. I'm very happy with how it came out, though there could be more room between the direction buttons and the LED matrix — maybe I should make the matrix shifted a bit to the right. I have three more fitting matrices, and I think I will put them for sale as kits on .

Three more kits assembled, and two of them go to Tindie (will appear under tindie.com/stores/deshipu/ when they are approved). I'm leaving all the through-hole parts to be soldered by the users.

I will make more of them when I have more parts. They are on order already, but it will take a few weeks for them to arrive.

@deshipu ordered! I’m excited to give it a try. I’ll also tell my local maker space about it.

@deshipu this is so rad!

We did a workshop for some girls in tech groups teaching electronics construction and programming to make a Simon-like game; this looks like an even lower barrier for entry. Congrats!

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