Jay Doscher is back with another Raspberry Pi-powered "cyberdeck," this time opting to mount his creation on a mechanical arm so it can be used as a secondary system on a desk — and taking his inspiration from the gritty world of The Matrix.
Doscher's last cyberdeck design came late last year in the form of a ruggedized all-in-one miniature computer system, combining a mechanical keyboard, display, connectors, an Ethernet switch, and a Raspberry Pi in a portable unit that could withstand everything up to and including an electromagnetic pulse attack — providing, that is, it was properly stored in its foil-shielded cardboard box.
The latest design, though, is considerably less rugged — and takes its inspiration from a rather popular science fiction film. "I love the movie The Matrix, and I often wonder about many movies like it if they had included 3D printing or other newer tech in their universe," Doscher explains. "I loved the look and idea of a floating terminal, and many of us already have monitors on arms instead of just sitting on our desk. So why not a arm-mounted cyberdeck? That’s what this project is, and I’m calling it the ARM Terminal.
"The key ideas for the project were: make the parts reusable. I often scrap half finished projects, and many times old parts can’t be reused. I thought it would be cool to make some parts generic enough that they could see use after this project is done with them. I want the parts to be easy to modify- whether that’s a design that’s easy to change in Tinkercad, or easy to zip tie or modify later. This goal also means that it’s easy to work on - and I wanted to make a project as easy as possible for people who want to recreate it.
"The parts need to be modular — I really want to be able to replace or upgrade certain parts without redesigning the whole thing. This makes the project bigger, but it also makes it a little easier to work on."
The finished design is constructed from 3D-printed parts, vented more for aesthetics and to save on plastic than for cooling purposes. A mount holds a 7" touchscreen display — the same model as in Doscher's earlier Raspberry Pi Recovery Kit — and the whole unit, including the Raspberry Pi which powers it all plus cyberpunk-esque switches and an additional VFD display, is mounted to a VESA-compatible articulated monitor arm.
Doscher's full write-up is available on his blog, along with links to purchase the 3D-printed parts or download the design files to make your own.