When you see a guy walking along at Maker Faire with this super-cool rig slung across his back you’ve got to stop him and ask all about it! This is Kerry Scharfglass
and his hand-built, Raspberry Pi-based computer, The Commute Deck. He built this beautifully designed mobile workstation for coding on his daily train travels.
Kerry started by hand wiring the Teensy 2 controlled split mechanical keyboard switches with ribbon cable (fun!), and embedding a Raspberry Pi 2 and 7″ 720p screen in a layered, laser cut enclosure. It’s all powered by a repurposed LiPo battery/charger system, and included two USB hubs, WiFi and Bluetooth dongles, and most importantly, a totally rad guitar strap carry system.
A mechanical keyboard, Raspberry-Pi, battery and display all in one 24″ wide box. A computer you can wear! Think of it as a deck
(a somewhat poorly defined computing device built from 90’s hacker nostalgia) from William Gibson’s Sprawl Trilogy
Here you can also see a conference badge PCB that Kerry is also working on, resting jauntily upon the super snazzy keyboard. Great work on a wonderful project! The Commute Deck is among my favorite projects I’ve seen at the Faire.
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