Short Bytes: In this article, I’ll tell you how to make a pocket-sized DIY Linux computer using Raspberry Pi 2. This portable machine can be used to run your favorite ARM-friendly apps and browse the web to watch few cat videos on YouTube.
Raspberry Pi is one of the most loved devices used by electronics DIY-enthusiasts. People have used their Pi to create amazing things like PiPhone, a smart temperature controller, Pirate FM Radio Station and more.
While OEMs like Apple and Samsung are busy making their notebooks thinner, you can go one step ahead and create a Linux computer packaged into the size of a Nintendo DS.
This amazing tutorial was originally shared by Chris Robinson from NODE who basically built a miniature laptop with the help of Raspberry Pi 2, QWERTY keyboard, color LCD display, and a battery.
The computer also features USB ports and Ethernet. Here are the complete features of the pocket-sized DIY Linux computer:
- Raspberry Pi 2 (900MHz CPU, 1GB RAM)
- 3 USB ports
- Fully QWERTY keyboard with backlight
- 3.5inch Touchscreen
- 1000mAh battery Clamshell case
- Full Linux OS (Raspbian) with open source window manager i3.
- Audio/Video out
The enclosing case is made from 2 plastic 2.5-inch external hard drive enclosures that you can grab online.
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Before jumping upon the DIY, note that you need to make some modifications like stripping the Raspberry Pi to reduce its thickness and using a soldering iron to remove different headers.
You can also output the video to an external monitor to give it a feel of a desktop computer. This fully functional Linux computer can run ARM-friendly apps, you can use it to browse the web and play a couple of games.
For detailed instructions, you can see the full tutorial gallery at Imgur and watch the video below to know more:
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