The developer behind the ShaRPiKeebo kit (which turns a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W into a handheld computer), has introduced a new project that uses a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 as the brains of a pretty funky looking dual-screen cyberdeck.
Called ZEETWIN RPI Cybderdeck, the new computer has a mechanical keyboard sandwiched between two screens, integrated joysticks, and everything you need for portable retro-futuristic computing on the go. It’s still in the design stages, but developer Philippe Cadic (@sulfuroid) says the goal is to finish the design by the end of the year before deciding whether to launch a crowdfunding campaign.
At this point, we know that the system includes:
- 1 x Custom printed circuit board with a Raspberry Pi CM4 connector, USB hub, and HDMI lines
- 2 x 8.8 inch color displays (one with touchscreen support)
- 2 x analog joystick controllers
- 1 x USB trackball
- 1 x 80% mechanical keyboard with cherry MX keys
Since the lower display is a touchscreen, it can be used as an input device, along with the joysticks and trackball. Sulfuroid says the goal is to source a 10,000 mAh battery, charging module, accelerometer, and USB-C connectors for the device, among other things. It may also eventually support 4G cellular data.
While it’s unclear if the CyBeRm4 will ever move beyond the concept or prototype stages and become an actual thing you can buy (or build yourself), Sulfuroid does have a track record with this sort of open hardware project, having launched a Crowd Supply crowdfunding campaign for the ShaRPiKeebo earlier this year, and sharing designs for several other projects at HackADay.
You can find more information about the ZEETWIN RPI Cyberdeck at HackADay, GitHub, or by following @sulfuroid on Twitter for updates.
I love these cyberdeck projects, but I wonder why so many of them have displays that are parallel with the keyboard. Is it because the construction is just simpler?
Seems difficult to use (if use is even intended)
autonomous linux/ssh computer
normal keyboard (why not separate arrow, pg up down home end?)
meybe enclosure is big and fit other motherboard. Many people put OrangeCrab (linux risc-v on fpga), 6502 😉 small potato pi or other or…. meybe some other. Motorola? Spark.
Why not. World not end on x86 and arm (and linux, qnx and haiku)
What would the use case be? Even seen gaming I don’t really see it.
Otherwise it looks cool
Looking cool is 90% of the use case for cyberdecks as far as I can tell. 🙂