The Raspberry Pi is a mini PC with a $35 price tag, a 700 MHz ARM11 processor, up to 512MB of RAM, and Ethernet, USB, and HDMI ports. It’s about the size of a pack of cards, and we’ve seen people cram the entire PC into a keyboard, a camera grip, and other tight spaces.
You can even transform the little desktop PC into a laptop with the aid of a cheap Motorola Lapdock. Or you could just build your own laptop from a briefcase, display, keyboard, and a few other components.
That’s the approach Instructables member SilverJimmy decided to take for his LapPi project.
The end result is a pretty functional mobile PC, featuring WiFi, Bluetooth, a keyboard, touchpad, display, and batteries. SilverJimmy also threw in GPS, a mic, and stereo speakers for good measure.
The whole thing runs on a 10-pack of rechargeable AA batteries, although it can also use 8 alkaline AA batteries instead.
Sure, when you add up the cost of all the parts you could probably buy a cheap netbook for less money. But where’s the fun in that?