Top Pi: Portable 3D printed with Raspberry Pi brain
Joining our own computers generates enormous satisfaction but with the arrival of the SBC systems , the process can go far beyond joining a handful of parts. I recently watched closely PIvena , personalized laptop with a Raspberry Pi inside and now we discover that the project Pi Top that has a similar spirit, plus a cover printed in 3D .
If you need a dedicated housing for the Raspberry Pi then you do not have to look far. Online stores are full of choices and if you have spare Lego bricks I’m sure you can improvise. Of course, one thing to create a cover of Raspberry Pi and another is to create a housing to completely change its format. The Raspberry Pi computer is a low power consumption, therefore, the idea of turning it into laptop is perfectly logical, provided they accompany with the right components. Installing a battery and a charging circuit support is perhaps the most complex part of a project but that is not an impediment, but an option. You can always learn from prototypes that still are not completely portable and learn the number one goal of Pi Top.
In other words, Pi Top should be seen as an educational project .Print your covers, create PCBs, integrate specific components and access additional tutorials are part of its scheme. In certain aspects, Pi Top is more advanced than other similar projects. The screen is 13.3 inches, a relatively acceptable size to the current requirements. We also found integrated keyboard and trackpad, two elements that often escape home initiatives portability . The Pi Top includes WiFi support and a battery which lasts six to eight hours, according to the official site.
All components of Top Pi are contained within a fabricated housing via commercial 3D printing. The first prototype used PLA filaments and the process took a total of about 160 hours for the four main parts.So far no details on the cost of a computer Pi Top , but goes to Kickstarter, so it will be a matter of time before we have a list of robust components and any suggestions that allows us to replace those parts with a more limited availability .