The Raspberry Pi 2 It is proving to be a fantastic renewal of this miniPC of low cost anyone can have that access and that offers tremendous versatility. The projects focused on this version are appearing everywhere, and one of the outstanding is PI-top, that becomes the center of a unique portable whose body is printed in 3D to RPi 2.
The project already has a few months of life and in fact you anticipate some of its features, but the emergence of the Raspberry Pi 2 has given him much more sense since this laptop is now offering a power much more in line with what you might expect from this format. Although the project is very interesting, their cost is rather high compared to most attractive products in this segment, but unlike them this project would do that We will tell you a team (almost) completely Open Source.
The Pi-Top It is sold as a small mounting kit which includes several modules allowing in few easy steps and with a simple process that we finish with your laptop to us. Apart from the Raspberry Pi needed one plate more where we find the electronics that controls the power and the 13.3 inch screen and HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels). In the kit are also both battery – they promise a range of between 6 and 8 hours – and the power adapter.
A laptop made by and for makers
In reality the Pi-Top can be used with other MiniPC as the UDOO, the ODroid or BeagleBone plates, and in the Assembly emphasizes that design that makes the trackpad to the right of the keyboard, and not at the bottom, but the creators of the project gives the possibility that we could design our own PCBs and other elements that we can print in 3D to “create products from start to finish”.
So they offer a series of tutorials that go get started and that through elements such as the gamification encourage potential users to learn more and more and to complete these small workshops. In the project of collective funding launched Indiegogo at the end of the last year also discussed the possibilities of customization of these teams: anyone can print in 3D chassis in different colours or with additional elements that make of these unique portable something even more differential.
The creators of the project indicate that the price for the kit without the RPi 2 is $ 264,99, while If you include the RPi that cost amounts to $299. Can that take back some users more attracted by portable something more conventional – the Chromebooks, for example, are formidable competitors – but in the Pi-Top can count on a solution almost completely Open Source.
In fact Broadcom released the documentation of the SoC BCM2835 last year, and although the proprietary binary drivers are needed for the moment to take advantage of all the power of this SoC and the RPi 2, BCM2836, this documentation incipient drivers Open Source that allow avoiding proprietary components on this computer. Maybe the desktop with Windows 10 is not feasible, but we already showed that work with a Pi 2 Raspberry as a desktop PC is feasible (though not ideal).