If there’s one factor I’ve discovered, it is by no means doubt the ingenuity of a Raspberry Pi proprietor. These bank card sized computer systems have been made to do all kinds of issues from being a baller retro gaming machine, to a garish PC gaming handheld.
However for those who’re wanting one thing a little bit weirder to serve up along with your Pi, perhaps take a look at this lovable laptop computer -like machine.
Daniel Norris (by way of Liliputing) is the madman behind the Chonky Palmtop, a tiny PC with an included fold out cut up keyboard. This thick little beasty has a sleek retro 3D printed gray field, which opens as much as reveal the 7 inch touchscreen show and keyboard setup.
The keyboard can then be swivelled outwards for usability. You will get a take a look at the machine in motion within the video above, which even consists of booting up the Raspberry Pi 4 inside. This additionally reveals off all of the little options just like the USB and ethernet ports. It is fairly cool to see the way it all comes collectively.
The keyboard, which is packed into the underside half of the system together with the battery, actually offers this little unit an iconic and virtually retro futuristic look. It is based mostly on the Corne Keyboard split keyboard design and programmed with the ergonomic typing Miryoku layout that are each accessible as open supply initiatives on github. This permits for cursor management by way of the keyboard so you do not want an additional mouse, or have to the touch the show when it is not handy.
Fortunately Norris has continued within the spirit of open supply design by additionally importing all the data required to do this yourself. This consists of recordsdata for the 3D printed case, an inventory of supplies, and hyperlinks to the opposite github initiatives used.
Norris notes that whereas there’s presently some points with gfx acceleration in FireFox, however for common searching and console use, the unit has served its supposed function properly. Whereas it might not be a construct for the faint of coronary heart, for those who’re trying to flip your Raspberry Pi into one thing practical, cute, and most significantly very, very chonky then this seems to be like a fantastic wager.