πDoc

A Raspberry Pi Laptop

With no compromises

Please check out these photos!

After two months in development, I’m proud to present: the πDoc!

So, what is a πDoc and what makes it different from the other Raspberry Pi laptops?

For starters, my idea was quite simple:

I wanted to create a fully portable, yet fully featured workstation for my Raspberry Pi to run on. Surely, I thought, this could be done with relative ease. All that’s needed is to make is a custom cable, and combine that with other of-the-shelf parts. The problem became getting the whole thing to work reliably while on the go. I feel the πDoc design fulfills both criteria, while being flexible and elegant, yet durable.

In its current state, the πDoc design features a Raspberry Pi, a Motorola Atrix LapDock, WiFi, 3 to 4 hours of battery life, a keyboard, a mouse, and an HDMI display, which all together is smaller than a textbook, and lighter than a MacBook Air (Ha, I wish); rather, lighter than every other complete Raspberry Pi set-up I’ve seen.

I mentioned this design is flexible: you can remove the Raspberry Pi at anytime and use it somewhere else. When you’re ready to use your the dock again, just snap the Pi back on, and you’re off. If your πDoc isn’t in use, it can serve a variety of other purposes:

-Charging your phone via the Micro USB

-Using a compact keyboard and mouse via standard USB

-Enjoying a high-quality, yet portable HDMI monitor (This especially nice at LAN parties for desktop try-hards like me. No more clunky monitors!)

So, what’s next?

Well, I’ve recently ordered everything needed to make another πDoc. And once everything arrives (Oh Pibow, where art though Pibow?!), I’m going to start assembly right away; except this time, I’ll archive how I did it – step by step – and share it with everyone on this blog!

If you’re itching to get started, then click here! I posted the materials I used, and my best guess as to where you can buy them. My plan is to publish posts on a weekly basis.

Now time for a slideshow. Oh, how pretty! Thanks Hillsdale for letting me use your lighting studio!

-Chris Gervang

http://www.flickr.com/photos/87980031@N07/sets/72157631681327366

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