A cyberdeck already exists for the billions it's called a laptop
a laptop lacks expression
All my work is open source.
Some of my work is open source, :D
having finally built my own cyberdeck I can say there's far more too it. It's a chance to be truly artistic and creative and push the limits of what's available. My cyberdeck can be worn on your head.
I tend to think of them as part art project, part movie prop, part productivity device, and part expression (as how you share or present it). Different people and different projects have different ratios of those things
It's also a lot about the process of building it. Once done, it's not as exciting IMO.
once you're done, it's time to start thinking about the next one :D
It's not easy to capture the utility of the average laptop in a cyberdeck. :)
I think I'm more attracted to the functionality of cyberdecks. I love the idea of a complete kit of sensors and real-world interfaces (RTL-SDR, etc.) built into the device. Laptops are boring by comparison
🐸 it is wednesday my dudes
@jordanbrandes of course there is also feature creep :)
I wanna use them to push the boundaries of the user experience
I know that avatar
@cyzoonic we have a saying about feature creep in the cyberdeck discord lol
@Hugh Mungis I havent heard it yet, I guess I need to spend more time in the cyberdeck discord
The name may change, but the Pokemon is eternal.
I think you will find that even amongst the speakers today, we bristle at a single definition of what a cyberdeck is, and have very different approaches
```I must not add features.
feature creep is the project-killer.
feature creep is the project-death that brings total deck abandonment.
I will face my original plans.
I will permit them to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past, I will turn decker's eye to see its path.
Where the unnecessary features have gone there will be nothing. Only a completed project will remain.```
how long did it take you guys to build your decks? What gave you inspiration?
@Dan Maloney my first deck build was for a packet radio setup. turned out it was more fun making the deck than playing with the radio though.
Usually takes a couple months if I don't run into issues I can't work around.
1st deck probably took me a month between ordering parts and actually cutting plastic/soldering
but it was mega jank
the first one was a side project over 2 years I think xD
feature creep is the mind killer
@jordanbrandes It took me about a half a year, just lots of trying out things, waiting for parts, ordering PCBs etc. Main inspiration for me was another deck I saw inside a Pelican case.
Last change I made to my printer was a .8mm nozzel and high flow end so I could pump out big parts (deck shell) in a few hours instead of overnight.
@bootdsc i know your work :) you do great stuff
My first one is still here, but is a mess of wires inside and took a few months. No 3D printing at all, and was back in 2015
I wasted a lot of time because I didn't plan ahead as I didn't really know what I was going to put in it or how it will look like exactly.
my first one is made of proprietary stuff im finding a way to make it more open source and mine. It works great but kind of Frankensteined togetehr
OK everyone, let's kick it off. Welcome to the Hack Chat, I'm Dan and I'll be the mod today along with Dusan as we put our heads together and think about ways to make cyberdecks awesome(r). We invited a bunch of cyberdeck builders, I'll list the ones I can remember -- sorry if I miss anyone:
It was about 4 years later when I wanted to re-do it and created the Back 7 Recovery Kit
@jordanbrandes I was going to say, don't be shy, let's see the pics.
I always like to see head-mounted projects. Wearables are next-level tough
Its ok Helix, i didn't forget about you
Oh yes, everyone should feel free to show off their builds
The JankYard Express
It's gone through some changes since that last pic. The user funcationality is still a big problem. Can't type when you're blind. I just converted it to a retropie for now and that works great.
Use the buttons below the text window to post an image. You can add a YT video too by just pasting the URL into a blank window
everything starts somewhere....hopped in here for inspiration for the next
@jordanbrandes i see you built a HMD with box goggles. i've done the same using the fatshark transformer
I think this is my favorite, while admittedly the least functional.
I'm working on 3D printing my own goggles but that's a work in progress
This one was fun to make.
I love these!
you all are my people :)
My big question: how do you maintain watertightness on Pelican and Pelican-like case builds when you have to drill holes for connectors, standoff, etc.? Or do you even bother?
@jordanbrandes sourced a 5.5" 1080 OLED off aliexpress for about $80 plus the $19 box goggle and a whole lot of time plus 3d prints but totally worth it.
@Dan (a8ksh4) , cool, was that eink for the display?
@Dan Maloney I no longer modify my Pelican cases
In my cause I used water tight connectors and silcone around them. I havent tested it however.
@bootdsc i found 5 in way too small to read, had to go to 7 in
They make water tight 3-20+ pin connectors that can thread into the side of a case.
Everything drops inside. It also lets me re-use them on new projects
i love that one
I like that one
same, such a great concept
That was a 4.3in waveshare eink
water tight is one thing when at atmospheric pressure but once an item is submerged things change
those keys are so cool
Me too, seeing that posted helped me start to design my own
very cool modular setup!
While we're not at all sick of the cyberdeck movement yet, we do have to admit that some of the builds we see are starting to fall into categories that are beginning to seem a little familiar. The clamshell aesthetic comes to mind, but really, with spaces for a display and a keyboard, the form factor is pretty much a natural for cyberdecking.
the olive drab and the clamps on the split config keyb really give off that 80s military vibe
I am starting to play around with more laser cut metal
I've always thought the Pelican builds had a military look about them, more so than cyberpunk, if I'm honest. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
To me it's function over form
@Tom Nardi yes, I think they go more into that direction than the cyperpunkt style
I'd love to make (and someday will) a slick, glossy one, but not yet
one of my fav portables
Boot, I love your different form factors... I am a fan
yea none is like the other
so does anyone use a cyberdeck as a daily driver?
That's prettu clean. bt keyboard?
here's my favorite pic of my more recent builds- real carbon fiber:
I'm split on the function vs form debate. Of course I still want it to be functional, but if it comes at the cost of looking like a grey cube... nah not for me
@Michael Limiero not as a daily but I in fact take mine to the maker/hacker space as my computer
Random thought -- I'd love to find an old GRiD laptop and build a cyberdeck out of it