星國學生新發明驚艷老外 網友敲碗:等榴槤出場|Singaporean student plays Pokemon on ingenious ‘Melonboy’

(Screengrab from @Cedishappy/YouTube)

【看CP學英文】想像你搭捷運時突然有個年輕男子拿著一顆鑲有小螢幕的西瓜淡定的坐到你旁邊,開始認真的玩。

Imagine that you are on the MRT and a young man sitting next to you is playing video games on a watermelon-like console.

近期,就有新加坡民眾在捷運上目睹這奇葩的一幕。一位星國少年自製了一台「西瓜Game Boy」,上面不僅有螢幕和實體的按鈕,裡面還裝載了近期最流行的寶可夢遊戲軟體。

That’s the unusual sight some people recently experienced in Singapore when a teenager was seen playing “Pokemon Go” on a self-built console made of a watermelon, a screen and some buttons. 

就讀新加坡管理大學的Cedrick Tan,近日在YouTube上分享了自製的水果寶可夢GameBoy,揭露製作過程和最後實驗結果。

Cedrick Tan, a student from the Singapore Management University, has been tinkering with the project on YouTube which has led to him building his own version of Pokemon Emerald inside a fruit.

一向天馬行空的他其實已經有無數的作品,包括將一個地圖放進虛擬實境和利用微軟Excel發送訊息至通訊軟體Telegram。如今他又再次突破自己,將遊戲機成功的裝進蔬果內。

An avid creator, Tan’s long list of projects include turning a map into a blank canvas for augmented reality, finding a way to send messages to Telegram using Microsoft Excel, and building a playable Game Boy Advance inside a melon.

(Screengrab from @Cedishappy/YouTube)

當被問起做這個作品的過程時,Cedrick表示其實非常簡單,因為西瓜內部空間非常足夠,電路的連接也非常方便。

When asked about his project, Tan said: “When it came down to actually making the Melonboy, it happened to be really convenient seeing as the melon was very spacious on the inside allowing me to wire everything up with ease.”

遊戲機目前可以成功的開啟,使用的軟體也和原版相符,而挖空的西瓜塞進了一個電池、數個實體按鍵、一個1.8寸的螢幕和小喇叭音響。

The Game Boy emulator can then be loaded and run with the same software as the original game. Inside the scooped-out melon, a power bank, buttons, a 1.8-inch screen, loudspeakers are assembled. 

Cedrick表示,因為買到瑕疵零件,導致製作過程延宕,西瓜GamBoy花了他將近一個月才完成。若沒有遇到這些問題的話,大概一週以內就能完成,他自信滿滿地說。

According to Tan, the construction took about a month; though he blamed the time-length on a faulty device integral to the game boy. Without the problem, the watermelon-based console could have been finished in less than a week, he said.

(Screengrab from @Cedishappy/YouTube)

「身為一個資管系的學生,我對於電機其實一知半解,所以一切從零開始學,花了一點時間。」Cedrick 說。然而,他對於自己的成果表示滿意,成功的製作出一個有著完整介面的「攜帶式」遊戲機。

“As an information systems student, I have no background in electrical engineering, so learning that from scratch took some time,” Tan recalled. The result is a working game console, complete with a Game Boy Advance emulator and a game controller.

吸睛的西瓜GameBoy影片獲得廣大民眾迴響,這大概也是Cedrick最大的收穫。

But the best thing about Tan’s video is the public’s reaction to the watermelon game boy.

Cedrick也實驗過將西瓜帶去賣場玩,捕捉到許多人好奇的眼光。

On a visit to the market, he played the game console surrounded by real watermelons, which provoked weird looks from passers-by.

(Screengrab from @Cedishappy/YouTube)

Cedrick憶起他曾帶著西瓜進火車站,當時還被站務員攔截,詢問他手上的大西瓜是怎麼回事。

Tan also recalled being quizzed about the device when he brought it into a train station.

一位緊張的員工甚至跑到他身邊詢問奇形怪狀的西瓜用途,聽完他的解釋後,員工還非常興奮地將他拉回辦公室要他將作品展現給其他同事看。

A distressed SMRT staff asked him about the strange device, and after hearing his explanation, requested him to show it to her colleagues.

此外,Cedrick坦言他曾經被誤認為西瓜炸彈客,而他從沒想過帶著西瓜會碰上這樣的麻煩。

In addition, Tan said he also experienced another unforeseen problem where someone complained that he was carrying a watermelon bomb.

Cedrick也將自己的作品分享到美版PTT Reddit上面,不僅獲得外國網友的讚賞,還有許多人鼓勵他之後利用酪梨和椰子製作遊戲機。

Tan also posted on Reddit about his clumsy contraption, where he received plenty of praise, inspiring him to build different versions in the future, including avocados and coconuts.

不幸地,Cedrick透露,影片上傳YouTube後過了幾天,西瓜就爛掉了。

Unfortunately, Tan revealed that the watermelon had rotted just a few days after his YouTube video was uploaded.

然而,Cedrick表示將會繼續創作,未來也規劃以榴槤製作遊戲,將其命名為「臭Boy痛苦遊戲」。

However, Tan vowed to continue making his creations and could take on the challenge of turning the durian into a game that could be called StinkyBoy’s Pain Game.