Introduction: RasPi Retro Computer Station
I'm back with a new Project.
It took a while to finish it but as always it was a lot of fun, and as seen in a later picture my daughter helped me a lot.
What is it?
Yes it is another of those Raspberry Pi builds, but hey Raspberry Pi is cool, even so cool that people start to ask in MediaMarkt (that is the place wehre I work) if they can buy it here, but unfortunately we are selling only Consumer Electronic Products, but hey always good for a talk with my Customers.
But it is more cool then those others builds.
- It has an 5" TouchScreen [5 Inch 800 x 480 HDMI TFT LCD Touch Screen]
- Battery Powered with whole charging circuit
- Keyboard is build in
- Cool connectors for GamePad USB [GX16-4 4-Pin 16mm Aviation Pug Male and Female Panel Metal Connector]
- Handmade wooden case, in vintage style
- running a lot of software
- It can even program an Arduino with the installed Arduino IDE how cool is this?
But now be inspired and feel free to ask, it is not the most detailed instruction ever wrote, but hey it's from me and my 9 months old daughter.
The process of setting up the RasPi I won't show in this instructable, there are so many and they are always the same, maybe I will wrote one separately.
Step 1: From the Paper Prototype to the Wooden Retro Case
I never draw a plan or make measurement or design something at the computer. But this time I started a little bit different before I cut the plywood I used cardboard.
Hey but stay calm you don't need to go through the some process because I measure after I finished the project and prepare those PDF for you. ;)
Step 2: Wich Parts Do I Need?
For some not so common parts I give you a link from banggood.com, it's a chinese company and most of the products they sell have an reasonable good quality. But hey sorry the Pi I can't buy there, they are to expansive.
- a Raspberry Pi of course I used a Pi2, but the the Pi3 is already ordered and should arrive soon. ;) I got my from pollin.de and reichelt.de in Germany.
- microSD Card mine is from Samsung
- WiFi Dongle that works with RasPi
- 5" TFT TouchScreen it come with all necessary parts to just sandwich it with the PI from banggood.com
- the really cool 4 Pin Metal Connectors, I love them. :)
- Keyboard, I'm not so happy with the quality but the size is perfect.
- Volt&Amp Meter this is optional
- Charging Circuit this is optional
- Step Down Converter this is optional
- Battery this is optional
- Speaker I salvage it from something not sure what it was.
- Amplifier the same then above salvage it
- USB-Hub this was old and laying around for about ten years.
- Cable just make the youself otherwise they are to long and the round cool ones you even can't buy.
Please only use LiIon Battery's in your Projects when you really now what you do. You can also build it without all the battery circuit stuff and just power it with 5V.
LiIon batterys are not so easy to handle and can catch fire very easy.
Step 3: Cutting Out the Pieces and Glue Them Togehter
This is maybe the most difficult part, and I'm sorry I lost the files how to glue them together.
- Glue the back, the left and right side to the ground plate.
- Glue the USB Front panel between the left and right side on the ground plate.
- Glue the Top between then back, the left and right side.
- After everything was dry I cut out a big piece in the back it is easier when you make this after assembling so it is more stable.
- The Keyboard and the Display won't be glued they will be fixed with screws but I use some small pieces wood to give them screews more material.
Now you can put this part of the case away and go ahead with the other parts.
Step 4: Prepare the Raspberry With the Display and Mount It Into the Front Panel
The first picture show you the cut out for the 5" display module, just measure your display and cut it out.
The second & third picture show the back of the frame I just glued 4 pieces of wood to adjust the distance between the display and the front panel.
The fourth picture show how to mount the display with the sandwiched RasPi to the frame, I just used 4 small screws to mount it.
The last two pictures show the Display in the frame and a first test run.
Step 5: Prepare the Keyboard
I just cut out the a hole where the keyboard will be mounted so, I really want a better looking keyboard but could not find one, so if someone has a good idea you are welcome.
Step 6: [Optional] the Battery Backplane With Charging Circuit.
As written in beginning only "play" with LiIon battery when you know what you do.
First Picture show the used modules, I got them from banggood.com and I often used them already
Second Picture show how to connect the modules
I got the battery from an broken Laptop battery pack one cell was "died" but the rest was quiet good.
Step 7: Throwning All Together
Here you can see it can become quiet messy when you put everything into this small device,but hey it works and there is even more place for more stuff.
Here are the two most important links I used to setup the RasPi.
First at all I used always the most actual Raspbian Image when I play around with the raspberry.
Step 8: Finish !!!
Just have some Games. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I go and play with my Daughter now.
Step 9: More Pictures
My daughter like it so much!!!
Third Prize in the
Raspberry Pi Contest 2016
Participated in the
Hand Tools Only Contest 2016
Participated in the
Make a Box Contest