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Raspberry Pi: Turn the popular single-board computer into a handheld computer with a slide-out keyboard and display

Turn your Raspberry Pi into a handheld computer with the MutantC v2. (Image source: GitLab)
Turn your Raspberry Pi into a handheld computer with the MutantC v2. (Image source: GitLab)
A new project turns the Raspberry Pi into a completely portable PC with a display and a slide-out keyboard. Reminiscent of the HTC Dream, Sony VAIO UX or T-Mobile Sidekick, the MutantC_V2 also incorporates a built-in battery.
Alex Alderson,

Brought to our attention by Liliputing, the MutantC_V2 builds on the MutantC_V1 that developer rahmanshaber published last year. the second version of a very special project has already been published. In short, the MutantC_V2 turns a Raspberry Pi into a handheld computer reminiscent of the Sony VAIO UX or early Android smartphones like the HTC Dream.

Incorporating a pull-out keyboard and a display, the project can utilise a Raspberry Pi Zero, Model 2, Model 3 or Model 4. According to the developer, 2.8-inch, 3.5-inch or 4-inch LCD panels can be used, which all communicate with your chosen Raspberry Pi via GPIO. Links to examples of the three display sizes can be found in the parts list of the project's GitLab page.

The MutantC_V2 also calls for an Arduino board for connecting the keyboard and two custom PCBs, the Gerber files for which rahmanshaber has provided. Additionally, you will need multiple buttons and cables, along with boards for the Raspberry Pi to work with a 18650 cell battery.

Moreover, you will need access to a 3D printer for the case. Again, rahmanshaber has published the files for these on GitLab or AutoDesk Fusion 360. The developer has also published several build guides, along with how to get Raspbian running on the device.

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GitLab & YouTube (1) (2) via Liliputing

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Alex Alderson, 2020-04- 6 (Update: 2020-04- 6)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.