Hi all, just wanted to share what I have been doing with my Pi. There is a lot of work to do on the software side. Being new to Linux, I have had some very frustrating moments and I am sure I will be bugging everyone with questions as I hope to begin to get some emulation working.
Anyway, I began wanting to build either a portable or a semi portable keyboard with a Pi inside. I loved what Ben Heck did but after seeing the portable "workstation" with 3.5inch LCD I figured I could make something cool and stand-alone.
I decided, without knowing if it would all work, to not get a touchpad keyboard and instead incorporate a cheap USB gamepad into the device, in hopes that I could compile Qjoypad to use in xwindows and maybe joy2key or js2mouse for non-xwindows. (Qjoypad works well except that it takes like 95% of the CPU.)
I went on Amazon and grabbed a...
4.3 inch TFT LCD 480x272 res (Praying it could be modified to 5v) $23
A Mini Bluetooth Keyboard (Praying that it wouldn't be crap) $5
A generic Bluetooth dongle (Crap, the Pi is not liking those) $1
A super cheap SNES-like controller $3
A PowerGen Mobile Juice Pack with 8400mAh $56 (Ouch)
I wanted to incorporate a switch and power-jack for when I was near a power source I could save on battery, especially when compiling.
I fought to make it as small as possible but didn't like the idea of wires an the SD card sticking out and getting hit a lot. I wish that the handheld part was just a bit thinner. I can use it as a real handheld but people with smallish hands would have to place it on a surface, defeating the handheld idea.
Build Quality is mediocre but with a little sanding a few more screws and some varnish, it should be solid. I really started to get frustrated and was worrying that I would give up, so I rushed it at the end.
In the end I wanted to try for a Pandora-like handheld and missed the mark really. Maybe a bigger clumsy, slower cousin of the Pandora that can't do as much?
I think it looks like it came right out of the Fallout universe or maybe it is a homage to the original Apple.
Sorry for the poor quality images but here it is.