Raspberry Pi: The YARH.IO Micro 2 transforms the popular single-board computer into a handheld computer
It has only been a few months since YARH.IO announced its eponymously-titled project that took the Raspberry Pi 3B+ and transformed it into a handheld computer. Now, the company has announced the YARH.IO Micro 2, building on the original model while cutting its footprint significantly. YARH.IO has removed the trackpad from the latest model, mind you.
The Micro 2 measures 116 x 123 x 27 mm and houses a 4.0-inch display from Pimoroni. The retailer sells touch and non-touch versions of this display for reference, which it calls the PIM369 and PIM370. Both displays resolve natively at 800 x 480 pixels and it above a Bluetooth keyboard. Additionally, YARH.IO has included a 3,500 mAh Li-ion battery with built-in USB charging to make the Micro 2 portable.
We should stress that YARH.IO has modified the Raspberry Pi 3B+ to fit it within the Micro 2, so the project may not be suitable for beginners. Specifically, the company has removed the Ethernet port and swapped the double-stack USB ports for a single stack.
Hence, you must be comfortable de-soldering and soldering the two USB ports onto the Raspberry Pi. Alternatively, you could buy the Micro 2 as a complete kit, but YARH.IO charges US$629.99 for the privilege. Thankfully, the company also provides the STL files necessary to print the enclosure for the Micro 2, the other parts needed and a walkthrough for deploying the software on the machine.