Now that you have your nifty new Raspberry Pi, you'll need a display for
it. Teensy analog monitors are pretty cheap, but what you really want is a
decent HDMI display. Unfortunately, they're expensive, running from
$150 on up into the thousands for the huge ones. But, for about $75
(or even as low as $40, used, on eBay) you can get a discontinued
model of the notorious Motorola Atrix Lapdock
, the one that sold for
$500 a couple of years back, and it was a bargain at that price. The
lapdock incorporates a razor-sharp 11" HDMI display
, an almost-adequate
keyboard-with-trackpad, twin speakers, and a high-capacity battery --
all in a thin two-pound package.
The Atrix Lapdock was manufactured to mechanically connect with the
now-discontinued Motorola Atrix smartphone
, in effect turning it into a
laptop computer. The lapdock has two plugs on a foldout hinge -- a male
micro-HDMI plug and a male micro-USB-A plug. These neatly mate with
an Atrix phone, slipping right into appropriately positioned jacks on the side of the phone.
Fortunately for us, the lapdock's USB and HDMI ports are electrically
standard, even if the physical connectors aren't. If we could just find the
correct cables and adapters, we might be able to hook up our Raspberry Pi.
Maybe. Hopefully. . . . Yes, it can indeed be done!
In this Instructable I will break down the process in detail, with
appropriate explanation and close-up pictures.