The laptop I made “The Pi-Berry Laptop” is built around the Raspberry Pi 2. It has 1GB RAM, Quad core CPU, 4 USB Ports and One Ethernet port. The laptop meets daily life needs and smoothly runs programs like VLC media player , Mozilla Firefox , Arduino IDE, Libre Office, Libre CAD etc… For convenience of using and reading the Display of the laptop was chosen to be 10.1 Inch (IPS technology) HD Display with parameters control (Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, and Color). Weighing only 1547 Grams in weight, it is perfect to carry around in schools and colleges.

The 16000mAh battery pack (10000+6000) provides the power to the laptop. Once fully charged the laptop runs for about 4-5 hrs . The laptop is even equipped with battery level meter which shows the charge status of the laptop. The Body (Chassis) of the laptop is made using MDF(Medium Density Fiber) Sheet and covered in Italian Leather to give it a elegant look.

The “Passive ventilation system” (Cooling without any fan) design of the laptop is so efficient that it eliminates the need of a cooling fan to cool the CPU thus conserving energy and increasing the battery time.

My design also offers full access to the SD card (for changing Operating systems) and the GPIO pins. This means you can use the raspberry pi 2 for your future projects (good news for Raspberry pi enthusiasts). The access to the GPIO pins also means that the whole system can be converted into a portable mobile programming workstation !

The project was inspired by SilverJimmy's Instructable : LapPi- Raspberry Pi netbook.


Why Do I need a Laser Cutter? (Judges Question)

This project was successfully accomplished using few basic building tools. I have plans to use Hi-tech technology (Laser cutting and 3D printing) and take this project (and my future ones) to a very next level.My future plans are to add RFID access, Fingerprint passwords reading, Inbuilt Web-Camera etc to the laptop. The Epilog Laser cutter can help me achieving this. I also plan to develop kits (using computer aided designing "CAD") of the laptop to help everyone learn about technology and the enjoy the DIY heaven.


If you like this project you can reward me by using your shutter clicking skills by sharing my work to all your friends. In return, I'll cook up more Instructables to share with you. Any suggestions or queries are welcome in the comments. Thanks for your support!

Step 1: Watch the Video !

Here's the HD video to take a overview tour of the laptop.

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Regarding the hole drilled for the friction hinge, perhaps you could make a section in your Instructable along with cutting out the side pieces and have the hinge hole cut there and designated the back piece. This way you have the opportunity to re-cut the piece if the drilling doesn't go well.
<p>Hi, I've added your project to the <em style="">&quot;</em><em style="">8 Impressive Raspberry Pi Laptops</em><em style="">&quot;</em> Collection</p><p>This is the link If you are interested:</p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Awesome-DIY-Raspberry-Pi-Laptops/">https://www.instructables.com/id/Awesome-DIY-Raspbe...</a></p>
bro. can i boot with Windows OS?<br>very nice project. i made a tablet with pi. and i am pretty impressed by your project. so i am on it
<p>good luck!</p>
<p>i bought a desktop pc because of high performance capabilities now i got a job that demands i carry along my pc im thinking of modifying it to a laptop can u pls create one for me to emulate.</p>
<p>The design of the PC is made &quot;&quot;best fit&quot;&quot; I mean, if you intend to remove all parts and then make a smaller case, you end up in a bulky thing.</p>
<p>i bought a desktop pc because of high performance capabilities now i got a job that demands i carry along my pc im thinking of modifying it to a laptop can u pls create one for me to emulate.</p>
<p>Wonderful! You were clever (to think it) and brave ( to do such a complex thing).</p>
<p>Thank you for your compliments.:)</p>
Hello<br><br>May you please provide us with the video link.
<p>Wow! That is awesome! </p><p>I'll have to build one myself one too someday :)</p>
<p>Waiting to see ....</p>
<p>Keep IT UP!! AwEsOmE</p>
<p>You can get the parts (including wifi dongle) cheaper from aliexpress.</p>
<p>please give full address of aliexpress..</p><p>thanks</p>
Is google so hard?:P aliexpress.com :)
<p>can i use a aurdino UNO instead of raspberry pi 2 </p><p>if yes. pls provide me with the aurdino code too. pls we have a scienc efair comming up around the corner.</p>
<p>Sorry ... arduino cant be used.... </p>
<p>the site In the link says no </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/xbmc/comments/2g6noh/does_anyone_have_experience_running_xbmc_on_a/" rel="nofollow">https://www.reddit.com/r/xbmc/comments/2g6noh/does_anyone_have_experience_running_xbmc_on_a/</a></p>
<p>Awesome work! :) Love it! 2 queries.</p><p>1. I wish to make this workstation to work at a single place. So i wanted to know if we can power it up using 240V AC. If yes , how?</p><p>2. Does it run HD movies? ;-)</p>
1) Any 5v 3A supply could do the job.... Wire up both the display and raspberry pi to the same power supplyin parallel.<br>2) It does run videos (HD) but you need to install the KODI system for that. I use two SD cards to swap the OPERATING SYSTEMS. One card is the ubuntu and other is the OSMC for movies. it runs smoothly...! <br>Hope it helps.
<p>awesome! :)</p>
great job
<p>Very very good! Well done!</p>
<p>Thank you very much:)</p>
great job!
<p>Thanks ! Your comments encourage me:)</p>
<p>I had not built up a computer in over 30 years, but this one aroused my interest.</p>
<p>I voted for you - I really like the idea, some time ago I was also thinking to make the same but with more capable processor and more memory. There are some ARM boards out there with 4-8 cores running up to 2 GHz and with 2 GB of memory. Seems to me that the raspi is a bit under-powered :)</p><p>May I ask about the case? Why did you chose MDF, it is heavy and not really &quot;high tech&quot;, I would use aluminium or ABS plastic?</p><p>Maybe with the new tools :) you will create a better case made out of aluminium.</p>
<p>Thankyou @ Velkov. I chose MDF because with the tools I have, I could only cut wood to the best finishing. If I had Better machines like the Epilog Laser Cutter and a 3D printer I would build it like the Commercial Laptops we get.. I have learnt CAD (self taught) and in near future i plan to create the better design of the laptop and my other projects... </p><p>Thanks again! </p>
<p>How does the charging circuit work, Also, I'd like to power the Pi using a battery backup for a Smartphone, what would the charging circuit look like for that.</p><p>Are there any specifications, when I go to buy the power bank?</p>
<p>The power bank has a inbuilt charge controller. It will charge the battery. Specification of the charger basically depends on the type of usage the laptop is intended for.. If you need more backup time, The mAh rating of the powerbank should be greater. I intended to use the laptop as a normal computer with about 3 hrs of use. So I got myself two powerbanks 6000mAh for the Pi and 10400 mAh for the Display. I tried hooking up both of them to single power-bank but i don't know why the powerbank drained unexpectedly. May be thermal shutdown or stuff like that shut down the power-bank off. </p>
Thank you very much!<br><br>:)
<p>Gee you've done a great job, and thanks I might make one also. </p>
<p>Hey Boy, That was a wonderful project, I'm in bangalore and searched for those products available and woww, i hope you win...,.</p>
<p>Do post your Photo once you make yourself... Exited to see!</p>
<p>Looks cool, Great Job.</p>
<p>where did you get the adapter to connect to the laptop keyboard connector </p>
<p>The Keyboard has a full size male USB connector which fits in directly into the Pi.</p><p>Did I get your question ? </p>
<p>no,I meant the end that goes into the keyboards ribbon cable, the ribbon cable use to go the original laptops motherboard </p>
<p>he stripped a tablet usb Keyboad down so the board connecting the ribbon was already inside the keyboard he hacked you can see it in the pics on step 2 bill of materials, i have to admit i thought it was an extra board purchased to connect old laptop keyboards to usb until i looked closer hope that helps mate</p>
Great job, i just saw raspberry pi, came out whit a touch screen, so now it is possible to make a rasp tablet pi :-)
Good thing it's not a clock

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