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This 10$ pcb adds keyboard to a PI zero, for a handheld PC.

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:10 am
by mrreality13
https://www.tindie.com/products/electro ... zero-pcb/#

This $10 PCB lets you build a handheld PC with a Raspberry Pi Zero W (plus a display)
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https://liliputing.com/2019/03/this-10- ... splay.html

Re: seen this yet gang

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:44 am
by Imperf3kt
But why azerty keyboard.

Re: seen this yet gang

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:58 am
by rpdom
Imperf3kt wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:44 am
But why azerty keyboard.
Good catch, I hadn't spotted that.

I suspect because it was designed in France.

Re: seen this yet gang

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:30 am
by Heater
Because Dr Cadic Philippe who created it is French.

No problem. It's open source so it won't take much effort to change the keyboard layout as you like.

https://github.com/ccadic/RaspberryPagernRF24

Re: seen this yet gang

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:06 am
by Imperf3kt
So looking into it, it's just the PCB.
No buttons, no screen, no chips, nothing.

Or have I misunderstood the description?

Re: seen this yet gang

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:13 am
by PeterO
Imperf3kt wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:06 am
So looking into it, it's just the PCB.
No buttons, no screen, no chips, nothing.

Or have I misunderstood the description?
"This listing is for the PCB only. The components are not included. The RPI ZERO W is also not included"

Hard to see how it could be made any clearer :roll:

PeterO

Re: This 10$ pcb adds keyboard to a PI zero, for a handheld PC.

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:05 pm
by Yukon Cornelius
mrreality13 wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:10 am
https://www.tindie.com/products/electro ... zero-pcb/#

This $10 PCB lets you build a handheld PC with a Raspberry Pi Zero W (plus a display)


https://liliputing.com/2019/03/this-10- ... splay.html
That's an interesting idea , thanks for posting .

Did you check out the extra components needed , and roughly how much they cost ?

Re: This 10$ pcb adds keyboard to a PI zero, for a handheld PC.

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:00 pm
by scruss
Ooh, somebody somewhere really liked the Pocket C.H.I.P … but mercifully, not enough to use the bare dome-switches of that unit

Re: seen this yet gang

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:42 pm
by HawaiianPi
PeterO wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:13 am
Hard to see how it could be made any clearer :roll:
No keyboard switches, no header, no screen, etc. Pretty much just a bare PCB. So, how could they be clearer? How about a list of components needed to make this into a working product like the one in their demo video. Oh wait, that one wasn't working (they claimed everything was working, then said they still hadn't tested the keyboard because they were compiling the kernel).

Interesting idea. Poor implementation.

Re: This 10$ pcb adds keyboard to a PI zero, for a handheld PC.

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:51 pm
by rpdom
How is powered?

I see a microUSB socket on a LiPo Charge/Protection module, but not the battery or a boost circuit to provide 5V from the battery when charged. Maybe it is powered directly from the USB input and doesn't use the battery at all?

Re: This 10$ pcb adds keyboard to a PI zero, for a handheld PC.

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:01 pm
by mrreality13
Yukon Cornelius wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:05 pm
mrreality13 wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:10 am
https://www.tindie.com/products/electro ... zero-pcb/#

This $10 PCB lets you build a handheld PC with a Raspberry Pi Zero W (plus a display)


https://liliputing.com/2019/03/this-10- ... splay.html
That's an interesting idea , thanks for posting .

Did you check out the extra components needed , and roughly how much they cost ?
no i didn't as its too involved for my skill level(haven't soldered in 30 yrs) and wallet at this time

Re: seen this yet gang

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:47 am
by ccadic
Imperf3kt wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:44 am
But why azerty keyboard.
Because I am french.
200 PCB went out in 24 hours after this article on ZDNET.
I got many requests for a QWERTY KB.
I am now working on that.
Also on a project of delivering a fully assembled item + case as I got a cascade of requests for that

Re: seen this yet gang

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:48 am
by ccadic
Heater wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:30 am
Because Dr Cadic Philippe who created it is French.

No problem. It's open source so it won't take much effort to change the keyboard layout as you like.

https://github.com/ccadic/RaspberryPagernRF24
It is very easy to remap the KB (Boot/Overlay) so it should not be an issue.
Basically you can remap any key on the KB

But I'm working on a Qwerty and Russian KB

Re: This 10$ pcb adds keyboard to a PI zero, for a handheld PC.

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:50 am
by ccadic
Yukon Cornelius wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:05 pm
mrreality13 wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:10 am
https://www.tindie.com/products/electro ... zero-pcb/#

This $10 PCB lets you build a handheld PC with a Raspberry Pi Zero W (plus a display)


https://liliputing.com/2019/03/this-10- ... splay.html
That's an interesting idea , thanks for posting .

Did you check out the extra components needed , and roughly how much they cost ?
You have a Simple BOM on the GITHUB Link
Here: https://github.com/ccadic/RaspberryPage ... onents.txt


We also have a FB group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/204297487146235/

Re: This 10$ pcb adds keyboard to a PI zero, for a handheld PC.

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:56 am
by ccadic
rpdom wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:51 pm
How is powered?

I see a microUSB socket on a LiPo Charge/Protection module, but not the battery or a boost circuit to provide 5V from the battery when charged. Maybe it is powered directly from the USB input and doesn't use the battery at all?
It uses a TP4056 usb charger to charge a 1800 mAh batt (lipo). The videos show a usb wire, that's true.
It is also autonomous on the battery (6hours of life on my prototypes)

Re: seen this yet gang

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:54 am
by Imperf3kt
ccadic wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:47 am
Imperf3kt wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:44 am
But why azerty keyboard.
Because I am french.
200 PCB went out in 24 hours after this article on ZDNET.
I got many requests for a QWERTY KB.
I am now working on that.
Also on a project of delivering a fully assembled item + case as I got a cascade of requests for that
I'm sorry if that particular remark sounded rude, indeed I did not intend it to be. I simply missed the fact it was developed by someone who is French. I thought qwerty was used in most countries around the world, so never thought to check.

Was genuinely confused as to the choice to use, what I mistakenly thought was, a rare keyboard layout.

My apologies about that.