David Hunt is an Irish programmer, photographer and maker who loves tinkering with Raspberry Pi. He started thinking about building a Raspberry Pi-based smartphone when he came across a DIY “digital camera” prototype that combined the modifiable microcomputer with a TFT touchscreen.
He realised that simply adding a GSM module could transform the image-capturing contraption into a rudimentary phone. The clincher, though, was the name: “As I came up with the name ‘PiPhone’, I said to myself, ‘I’ve really got to build this’,” Hunt says. “I think the name is so cool… And yes, it does sound similar to a famous smartphone that I won’t mention.”
WIRED would not advise you to swap your handset for the PiPhone, but here is how to try your hand at building this vaguely cyberpunk-styled device. It is also much cheaper than its competitors: Hunt swears that it can be put together for just £110.
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