Raspberry Pi makes a line of computers so tiny you can fit them in your pocket. But you probably need to take them out of your pocket, plug them into a power source, and hook up a mouse, keyboard, and display to use them.

The developer behind the Noodle Pi has another idea. He’s launched a Kickstarter campaign for a Raspberry Pi computer kit that fits into your pocket when fully assembled.

The good news is that the kit is pretty cheap: you can reserve one for a pledge of about $35 or more, and units should begin shipping in September (although this is a crowdfunding campaign, so delays are always possible).

The bad news? Your pledge doesn’t actually go toward any of the electronic components. You’ll have to buy those separately.

Here’s a list of things you need to buy:

  1. Raspberry Pi Zero or Raspberry Pi Zero W
  2. Raspberry Pi Camera Module v2
  3. Pi Zero camera cable
  4. Pimonroni HyperPixel Screen
  5. 500mA LiPo battery
  6. Adafruit PowerBoost 1000C
  7. Pimoroni Hammer Header

Once you account for the cost of those components, a fully assembled Noodle Pi will run you about $145. For that price you could just buy a cheap phone.

But then you you wouldn’t get a fully functional desktop computer capable of running GNU/Linux desktop software. The Noodle Pi can work like a tiny tablet or like a desktop since you can still access the USB and HDMI ports once the kit is put together.

It’s a nifty idea… but essentially what you’re paying for is a 3D printed case and instructions for assembling a device using off-the-shelf parts. If you have access to your own 3D printer, you could probably just design your own Noodle Pi-like system.

via Geeky Gadgets



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7 replies on “Noodle Pi is a DIY pocket computer kit with Raspberry Pi brains (crowdfunding)”

  1. I’d be up for a kit that incorporates a slide out thumb keyboard + mouse. Otherwise, I wouldn’t put myself through the pain of using a desktop OS via a tiny touch screen.

    1. Enlightenment (EFLTizen) has a somewhat capable touch interface option and has a Debian package.

    2. I’d totally be up for a full kit to make a pocketable slider or clamshell Raspberry Pi or any other ARM based board running a Linux desktop.

  2. Sorry, but it’s been done already and in a far better packaged way, Kano anyone?

    1. Hmm, the Kano products are cool (if a little spendy), but their Screen Kit builds something more like a shrunken imac or ipad w/ wireless keyboard than something you could carry in your pocket.

  3. 500mA seems like it wouldn’t be enough battery when driving such a high dpi display.

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