Computer Bag

About: I am a 13 year old DIY hobbyist. I mainly focus on electronics, but I dabble in other ares as well.

In this Instructable I will be bringing a whole new meaning to the term 'Computer Bag'. I will be converting a cheap, average backpack into a full- fledged computer (Sans- screen). This project requires practically no skill, so lets get on with it!

Step 1: Gather Materials

All you need is love, and the following materials:

  • Backpack (anything with a small bottom pocket will do)- Amazon
  • Raspberry Pi 3- Amazon
  • 16gb micro sd card (Preferably with pre- installed NOOBS operating system)- Amazon
  • HDMI-VGA Adapter(Because many monitors don't have HDMI)- Amazon
  • M/F Auxiliary Cord (Because many monitors don't have sound)-Amazon
  • Raspberry Pi case (or small cardboard box with heatsink)- Amazon
  • Small speaker with Aux Cord (Optional- for monitors without speakers)
  • USB Mouse- Amazon
  • USB or Bluetooth Keyboard, the smaller the better!

Step 2: Put the Case On

This step is pretty simple- Just put the Raspberry pi case on thee Raspberry pi. Moving on...

Step 3: Putting It Together

First insert the micro sd card with Raspbian installed into the micro sd card slot on the Raspberry Pi. If you do not know how to install Raspbian, here is a great guide: Raspberry Pi Software Guide. After downloading Raspbian, connect all of the cables to their appropriate jacks (picture) and place the Pi in the front pocket of the backpack with the wires, minus the mouse, hanging out the zipper (picture).

Step 4: Using Your Nifty New 'Computer Bag'

Now hook the VGA port from the backpack to the VGA cable from any computer screen. Plug the power cord to a 5v wall outlet adapter. Once the computer boots up, tether the keyboard to the Pi via Bluetooth and install the desired operating systems. Congratulations- you just built a fully- functioning computer in a backpack!

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