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A brief guide on making your very own touchscreen pi pad!
Element14 capacitive touch screen £60
Apple ipad mini battery £10
Lithium battery charger and 5v usb 2a driver board £5
Raspberry pi 2 £35
Soldering iron and skills
Ply wood and saw skills £5
Dremel and cutting discs
Wood glue, hot glue gun

Step 1: Uses Element14 7 Inch Capacitive Touch Screen. Dremel Away the Screw Tabs and Buy a Longer DSI Cable.

Step 2: Remove Tall Components From Raspberry Pi Pcb. Ethernet and Dual Stack Usb Ports.

I had a USB power and charger PCB with two single height connectors... so i robbed them from the pcb and they fitted nicely to the PI... (Shown in picture 2 - lower picture)

Step 3: Get Your Hands on an Ipad Mini Battery, Hollow Out Some Ply Wood With a Chisel.

Step 4: Arrange Components, With Tape and Hot Glue, Glue Ipad Mini Battery in Place. Solder Wifi Direct to Pi Pcb!

Step 5: Saw Some Ply Wood and Make a Booking! Install Software Per Instructions on Element14 Website. Fit Low Profile Usb Connectors.

Step 6: Bandaging, Badaboom... One Beautiful Pi Pad!

<p>Does anyone know if this is compatible with raspberry pi 1 model B?</p>
<p>This is weird, but cool!! I was just looking through instructables for ideas on how to finish off the edging of my raspberry pi tablet, and i found your tablet, which looks almost exactly like mine!!! :-D And we finished ours about the same time too. :-D</p><p>So I am running Ubuntu MATE, (trying to install Kodi, but it is not supported yet), i downloaded a really great on screen keyboard which pops up whenever a text field is sensed. I have a bluetooth miniature keyboard for when i need to use it. The case i made is from Balsa wood as it was a bit of a rough draft. I shall fill in a parts list on a separate listing and what i did so as not to hijack your thread :-) But how exciting that we built such similar tablets! Nice to see that your woodworking and battery choice was much better than mine! :-D</p>
Ahhh!!! - I see you have some 18650 batteries installed!! - ... Whats the battery life? - I get about 5 hrs wityh the ipad battery...<br>
<p>Hello Howard, Here is another alternative to your USB porting dilemma: I found these USB &amp; microphone/ speaker cable assemblies on eBay for $10 USD.</p><p><a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/281241943640?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT" rel="nofollow">http://www.ebay.com/itm/281241943640?_trksid=p2057...</a></p><p>This would allow you to remove the USB sockets from the PI, and relocate them elsewhere on your case where ever it might better fit. Hope this helps.</p><p>Cheers.</p><p>JM</p>
Very cool, useful for usb !! I'm fitting a dac for audio shortly as the pi audio out is very poor quality... Thanks for this!!
<p>One last comment, I am fitting some speakers and a small dac for good quality audio output shortly... it runs VLC amazingly and VLC has a lovely equalkizer... then we are finished... also, I need to sort out a better on of switch...</p>
<p>ooooh... an internal speaker... that is a great idea!!! </p>
<p>Hey HowardT4, </p><p>You have inspired me to do an instructable too. I shall link to your instructable as i think you have some much better features. </p><p>The battery life is about 12 hours, but as the sound output from the Pi2 on vlc has loads of interference, i have not pushed the performance for that long. </p><p>I didnt remove anything from the pi, i still use the various features (rj45 etc), so wanted to keep it complete. I did mount it in a reverse position though and the thickness is the same as the batteries, so it works out well. :-)</p><p>I am still looking for a way of trimming the edge next to the screen that looks pretty. I was thinking of using the plastic from the sheath of a wire/cable but i shall have a play and see what 2.0 brings :-) </p><p>Hopefully I shall post the instructable today so you can see more pics and a parts list etc. </p><p>Thank you for such a nice response. :-D</p>
Dude!! That is awesome!! - I'm impressed... did you unsolder the tall stuff to make it thinner? - Eitherway, looks great... are you going to put up an instructable?
<p>As promised HowardT4, here is my very first instructable! Inspired by reading your great instructable! </p><p>Thanks! </p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Raspberry-Pi-Tablet/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/id/Raspberry-Pi-Table...</a></p>
<p>Awesome tablet design.</p>
<p>THANKS SIR!! - IT MAKES PEOPLE SMILE... LIKE A FRED FLINTSTONE TABLET!</p>
<p>Cool! Any idea of total parts cost?</p>
<p>about &pound;135... not counting glue, wood etc...</p>
Added approx parts list and costs, needs refining, but hope it helps!
cool! maybe a list of parts could be added?
Added approx parts list and costs, needs refining, but hope it helps!
<p>I found some single height usb connectors on the battery charger pcb I used.</p>

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