SpillPass-Pi Could be a Clever Workaround for All The StreetPass Hits You Need
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Gives you your own personal Nintendo Zone
For those that haven't heard of it, the Raspberry Pi is a computer that, slowly and surely, could be a revolution in computing. It's a super-cheap computer that comes only as a circuit board with some connectors and ports, and it's up to individuals to plug it into a monitor, keyboard and internet connection. The crux is that it it costs less than a retail Wii U game — or retail 3DS game, for that matter — and its bare-bones OS is designed to challenge owners to learn how to code for themselves.
As an educational device and a possible means to get computers into the hands of some of the poorest people in the world, it has huge potential, and plenty of tech-minded individuals have spent the past year or more doing clever things with the humble hardware. We can add SpillPass-Pi to the list of innovations, as a 3DS owner has a method of turning your home internet connection into a personal Nintendo Zone; what that means is that you can enjoy picking up StreetPass hits to tackle those 3D puzzles and quests.
It's been confirmed that the recent StreetPass Relay system — that gives multiple hits at once — works with this setup, and due to the software "SpillPass Pi now offers 12 StreetPasses about every 8 – 10 minutes." The only snag is that when using it you'll need to clear out your home Wi-Fi settings and just leave those for the Pi-powered tool, so it may be something you do in short bursts when hits are needed.
It's a clever and slightly mischievous creation, but we should point out that there's no modding to the 3DS itself. This is just a Nintendo Zone in the home.
If you want to learn more about how it works, check out www.spillmonkey.com.