Photo credit: Penk Chen
Always wanted to build your own portable handheld computer? Then Penkēsu is just the project to spend a weekend on. This retro-inspired portable handheld device is basically powered by a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W computer and boasts a a 7.9-inch (400 x 1280 resolution) widescreen display, complete with a 48-keys ortholinear mechanical keyboard. The case is 3D printed and built specially to fit the display as well as the keyboard. Read more for additional pictures and the parts list.
Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP hinges and a ribbon cable for HDMI are used to keep things as thin as possible, while still being able to safely hold the weight of the display and prevent it from tipping over. There are just three internal electronics components and most of the parts are either 3D-printed or can be sourced from various online stores. More information here.
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Ever since the CutiePi tablet has been successfully funded and started shipping, I feel the need to work on a new project, something I don’t need to worry too much about commercial viability. And since there are no immediate plans on selling kits or making Penkesu Computer mass producible, I’d like to publish all the designs and plans so there’s enough information for anyone interested in making one,” said Penk Chen.