The developer behind the open-source CutiePi tablet is aiming for the laptop space with a new DIY mini laptop.
the Penkesu computer It features a 7.9-inch widescreen, 48-key ortholinear mechanical keyboard, and uses a 2W Raspberry Pi Zero as its brain. You can’t buy one yet, but you can find everything you need to build your own on Penk’s GitHub page.
The parts list includes a 7.9-inch, 1280 x 400 pixel IPS LCD screen with capacitive touch input support), a 3D-printed case (which uses Gameboy Advance SP replacement hinges to hold the lid and body together), a 3.7V Li-Po battery and power supply, and a custom keyboard that includes:
- 48 Kailh Choc V1 Low Profile Switches
- 48 low profile MBK Choc keys
- 48 1N4148 diodes
- 1x Arduino Pro Micro
- 1 x custom circuit board
Penk provides the gerber file for the keyboard PCB and a QMK firmware file and there are assembly instructions on GitHub. But since everything is open source, you can modify the designs or use different parts that suit your needs better.
It’s all powered by Raspberry Pi’s $15 computer with a 1GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor and 512MB of RAM. This means that the small computer should support most operating systems and software compatible with running on Raspberry Pi devices that meet these specifications.
Penk says there are “no immediate plans to sell kits or make Penkesu Computer mass-producible”, but that doesn’t rule out the possibility that you could buy one at some point rather than manufacture the your.
via Tom’s Hardware