Before there were laptop computers as we know them today, there were theoretically portable systems like the Osborne 1 which included keyboards, tiny screens, disk drives and a case designed to be folded up so you could take the PC with you. You needed to plug in a battery for truly mobile computing though.

We’ve come a long way since the Osborne 1 was released in 1981. But the Reviiser CyberDeck is a modern take on this kind of classic “luggable” computer.

The Reviiser CyberDeck is a work-in-progress portable PC designed by Dave Estes, and it features:

  • Raspberry Pi 4 with custom software
  • 3D printed case
  • Mechanical keyboard
  • 7 inch touchscreen display
  • Touchpad (on the side)
  • Mechanical on and off switches
  • 30,000 mAh battery

While the system is awfully clunky by modern PC standards, it has a sort of retro-cool factor, and it’s theoretically portable thanks to a folding design.

Estes plans to share a parts list and 3D design files in the future for folks looking to design their own.

via HackADay

 

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  1. Its a fun build with that retro Compaq Portable design, but it is about as practical as a buggy whip to start a 2019 SUV. Thank god we are past luggable computers.