This looks like so much fun, I just ordered a lapdock and cables via Amazon (free SuperSaver shipping - the only way to fly
). I was strongly motivated by the most recent (and now, the absolutely last) time I unplugged the rat's nest of cables from my Pi, gathered up the full-sized 86-key keyboard, mouse, USB hub, etc., and dumped it into my backpack in order to take it to an event to show it off. However, since my 19-inch DVI monitor won't fit in my backpack (with profuse thanks from my poor already-aching back), I've always had to bother someone to take over a monitor on their desk since there often hasn't been a projector (with HDMI/DVI) in the confined spaces where I've shown it (usually just someone's cubicle).
The next step will be to construct a shallow case that has the same footprint as the lapdock to contain the Pi, USB hub, power adapters, stub cables and external connectors (all on one side at the back, of course
), etc. Two stub cables will come out of the back of the case that will plug into the back of the lapdock, a power cable will come out of the back of the case, and with WiFi inside the case, I'll be able to drop the lapdock and case into my backpack in one motion, and it will be rat's nest no more, to boot!
Thanks very much for the inspiration and excellent write-up here and in the wiki.
The best things in life aren't things ... but, a Pi comes pretty darned close!
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." -- W.B. Yeats
In theory, theory & practice are the same - in practice, they aren't!!!