Linux and Raspberry Pi enthusiasts that ask searching for a project to keep them busy this weekend may be interested in this fantastic mini Linux Laptop which has been created using the new Raspberry Pi Zero W single board computer which has been combined with a 3.5 inch screen and a rechargeable battery.
Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about this third generation mini Linux laptop designed and created by DIY tech inventor and YouTuber N-O-D-E who we have featured before here on Geeky Gadgets.
Specifications of the mini Linux laptop :
1GHz 32-bit single-core ARM-compatible Broadcom BCM2835 CPU
Mini HDMI Out
1x USB Port
Micro USB Charging Port
Accessible Micro SD Slot
3.5″ Screen (480x320)
Full QWERTY Keyboard
This is the third iteration in the Handheld Linux Terminal project I’ve been working on for a while now. Like the others, the aim is to create a small, all-in-one computer that is both portable, and usable The basis of the Zero Terminal is the Pi Zero W, and an iPhone 5 sliding keyboard case. I went this route for a few reasons:
– Firstly, this saves you needing to build your own hinges or sliders, which are difficult to get right. This eliminates that, while still giving you a great finished product.
– The iPhone 5 is a few years old, and you may be able to pick up a sliding keyboard case for pretty cheap
– Finally, since the cases are designed specifically for the iPhone 5, it means any of the different keyboard cases on the market will work, because they’re all designed to fit the same sized phone.
On the outside we have a full sized USB port, and a mini HDMI port. There’s also a micro USB port for charging, and below that is an micro SD card slot. Hidden in the camera hole of the case is the switch to turn the device on.
Inside you’ll find an Adafruit PiTFT Plus, a Raspberry Pi Zero W, an Adafruit Powerboost 1000c charge controller, a 1500mAh battery, and some micro SD breakout boards.
This is all kept in place using a 3D printed frame, which is glued onto the phone case. The front cover goes over the top, and screws in place.