The Raspberry Pi is a tiny, inexpensive computer that’s small enough to slide into a pocket. But it’s not exactly a mobile device. The $35 computer doesn’t include a keyboard, display or battery.
But you can use the Raspberry Pi to build your own laptop. One way to do that is to hook one up to a Motorola Lapdock, a discontinued device that was designed to turn Motorola phones into notebooks.
Soon there’ll be another option. A UK-based team has developed Pi-Top, a 3D-printable kit that lets you turn a Raspberry Pi Model B+ into a laptop.
What makes this kit a bit different from a Lapdock is that not only will you be able to order a complete laptop kit to house the Raspberry Pi computer… you’ll also be able to 3D print some of the parts yourself.
The Pi-top kit features a 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, a keyboard, WiFi antenna, and a battery for up to 6 to 8 hours of run time. But if you want to customize the case or other components you’ll be able to either order pre-made parts or get the designs to 3D print your own.
This will make it possible for users to create their own designs, add-ons, or customizations.