A Mini Modular Folding Cyberdeck

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This is a little project I've been working on and off for a few months now. The goal was to build a tiny cyberdeck that could fit in my pocket and would have USB expansion ports for peripherals.
I also wanted it to be fully modular with minimal soldering so that parts can be easily upgraded/replaced with minimal effort.

Some notable features include:

- An 18650 LiPo battery that also acts as the pin for the folding hinge mechanism

- An Arduino Pro Micro and USB hub board located under the keyboard that uses a 2-axis analog joystick to emulate a mouse, and two tac buttons for right and left click

- Custom tac buttons mapped to GPIO, to emulate keys that aren't on the keyboard

- An Adafruit BME688 Temperature, Humidity, Pressure and Gas Sensor, located on the left and connected via Qwiic/Stemma QT connector

- Secondary OLED display with BME688 sensor readings

- Three USB ports at the top that can be used for expansion dongles such as audio, Ethernet, SDR, etc.

- An Adafruit Zero Spy Camera module located on the right side (Accessible via HTTP stream)

- An Adafruit DS3231 Precision RTC

- Simultaneous WiFi access point & client mode

Mini-Deck OLED Bracket.scad

Mount for secondary OLED display

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Mini-Deck BME688 Mount v2.scad

BME688 side mount (requires four nylon M2.5 screws and nuts)

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Mini-Deck Camera Mount Faceplate.scad

Raspberry Pi Spy Camera face plate (requires four nylon M2.5 screws and nuts)

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Mini-Deck Camera Mount.scad

Raspberry Pi Spy Camera side mount

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Mini-Deck Battery Holster 2.0.scad

OpenSCAD file for battery and Raspberry Pi and Zero4U (requires four nylon M2.5 screws and nuts)

scad - 2.80 kB - 09/24/2022 at 14:35


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  • 1 × Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W $15
  • 1 × Set of Adafruit Hammer Headers for GPIO pins $2.25
  • 1 × Adafruit Raspberry Pi Zero Case $4.75
  • 1 × Zero4U Raspberry Pi USB Hub $9.95
  • 1 × Pimoroni Display HAT Mini $21.50

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  • Display Swap

    Smeef09/25/2022 at 01:37 0 comments


    Completed swapping out of Adafruit Mini PiTFT 1.3" display and custom 7-button GPIO HAT for a larger Pimoroni Display HAT Mini. The Pimoroni Display has also been modified by adding five tac buttons in addition to the four that came with it, for a total of nine buttons mapped to GPIO, to compensate for keys that aren't on the DreamGear MiniKey keyboard.

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Melissa Matos wrote 09/27/2022 at 02:29 point

I love that keyboard. And yes, a beautiful Frankenstein of a thing.

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mshirley wrote 09/12/2022 at 05:41 point

This is sexy. 

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Tom Nardi wrote 09/10/2022 at 17:24 point

This really nails the "assembled with scrap parts" look, and I'm all about it. The use of an 18650 cell as a hinge pin is also a fantastic detail.

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Smeef wrote 09/15/2022 at 07:38 point


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