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PocketWhale cyberdeck
Sooooooo let's start from the beginning
This is my seventh cyberdeck (fifth without first to ones that i don't have documented anywhare).
I didn't want to build it cuz at that time i had my Lideck and i thought it was great. Problem began when we went for holidays to Germany to visit my aunt. I haven't seen her in a while so i wanted to bring Lideck to show her. No problem i show it and everybody liked it. The problem that appered was that useability was kinda bad. One week abroad without any tools and i could see that it is not usable, ofcourse it look preaty cool but i want useability not look (look to but useability more). At this time i still didn't want to build another deck, insted i wanted to buy a laptop. When i saw prices i decided to look for some used thinkpads and honestly i was preaty close buying one. But then i decided to build a deck cuz i would "upgrade" (i mean destr.. add few features) to thinkpad anyway so while building deck i will have much more control over everything. And that's how it all started. Long intro i know.

I am putting three links. One to github page where you can find PocketWhale startup software, another one is thingiverse page of latch design i used and last one is mouse design and software

Now let's start with "quick" build log.

At first i designed everything (in tinkercad don't judge me)

And printing (That were only two parts of this build that i enjoyed 100%)

After printing was time for 3 steps that took most of my time - gluing, sanding and painting

At this point i realised that i don't know how to paint or apply putty so i asked my mom for help

After solid 2 weeks of painting and sanding it was time to start soldering. At this stage i lost one arduino, wasted a lot of solder and cable and i pretty sure that i burned my fingertips like 100 times.

I have also made startup software for PocketWhale that can be downloaded from github link called software. 

And after one month of work here are final results:

Standard Tesselated Geometry - 156.23 kB - 09/05/2022 at 13:59


Standard Tesselated Geometry - 16.78 kB - 09/05/2022 at 13:59


Standard Tesselated Geometry - 16.78 kB - 09/03/2022 at 16:50


Standard Tesselated Geometry - 171.08 kB - 09/03/2022 at 16:50


Standard Tesselated Geometry - 1.43 MB - 09/03/2022 at 16:50


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  • New screen

    Glinek09/26/2022 at 15:44 0 comments

    I just bought a new 10inch screen. I decided to change displays because old one was to small for me. Don't get me wrong 7inch screen is great but not for such a large deck. Sadenly i wont be able to finish it before end of contest cuz 40pin to HDMI converter takes over a month to ship from China to EU. So it will arive in the middle of october. Anyway im going to make more logs about PocketWhale cuz it will for sure  change a lot. Like battery, front panel (again) and more

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  • 1

    just print everything that is in files. Some designs were upgraded that's why there could be more than one of each. Things that you don't need to print are handles and seals

  • 2
    Painting and gluing

    Soooo after printing goes the worst part. Glueing and painting. Unfortunately this project is so big that it require some glueing (I'm useing ender3) so just glue everything together. It is preaty easy to spot which parts need to be glued together. After that if you want to make it look a litle bit better good idea is to sand it and paint it. Aditionaly u can put some putty to fill all gaps.

  • 3
    Solar panels and hinges

    This step requiers a litle bit of skatching. Solar panels are cool feature but you dont need to have that. I used some cheep solar powerbank and took charging board and panels from it. As for hinges i don't now which u will use. I am not able to put link to them cuz i bought them at hardware store.

    To mount hinges you will need to mark down where holes are gona be and drill them. Again, i didn't put holes in the design. Same goes with solar panels.

    With hinges go m4 bolts and nuts. They are used to hold top part at a nice angle when deck is opend. Here are some photos of it:

    Just put 2 extra nuts on 4 bolts or more

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tywy wrote 09/05/2022 at 15:25 point

How long this device work?

a week or mont on one charge?

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Glinek wrote 09/06/2022 at 15:41 point

I would love it to work for one week straight. You see it is raspberry pi 400 and 7ich display powered only by 10000mah powerbank (and powerbank is old) so while constantly using it will work for 3/4 hours but nothing is stopinganybody from changing battery or something. 

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sup wrote 09/07/2022 at 07:03 point

Why do you need a super rugged computer if it won't work because there is no power?

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tywy wrote 09/07/2022 at 19:32 point

look here

2*AA and 3-4 days

16Mhz is good for x11 and gcc

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Glinek wrote 09/08/2022 at 15:43 point

Sup, I have solar panels. But for sure i want to upgrade it to 20 or 30 Ah battery

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