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.

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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.

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via CNET

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3 replies on “Pi-Top is a 3D printable Raspberry Pi laptop (crowdfunding)”

  1. They probably would have been better off with a solution to utilize existing motorola junk instead of funding brand new junk that gives that exact same functionality.
    What were they thinking, that this is cuter or something?

    1. not to ignore that motorolas lapdock has far better specs, including touchscreen, ethernet/vga-out, multiple usb-ports, speakers, webcam, sd-reader, … (as far as i understand it all as usb-devices behind a hub)

      …and looking prettier

      but: motorola doesn’t build new ones of those and they have never been cheap to begin with.

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