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This project was driven by my desire to utilize the newest features offered by the Raspberry Pi Zero Wireless. I travel a lot, so I wanted a small, portable Raspberry Pi system. I have RetroPi loaded onto it, but it could be as versatile as you need it to be.
This project is is relatively simple but has plenty of room for expansion.
- Hardcover Moleskine Notebook - https://www.amazon.com/Moleskine-Classic-Notebook-Large-Notebooks/dp/8883701143
- Raspberry Pi Zero W - https://www.adafruit.com/products/3400
- 2500mAh Lipo Battery - https://www.adafruit.com/products/328
- PowerBoost 1000c - https://www.adafruit.com/products/2465
- 7" TFT LCD Screen - https://www.amazon.com/Upgrade-Reverse-Function-Esky-Monitor/dp/B00T2HDGIA/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1490322189&sr=8-5&keywords=7%22+rear+view+monitor
- Slide Switch
- Micro SD Card
- Optional Easy PWM Audio - http://store.kitsch-bent.com/product/easy_pwm_audio
- Optional - Bluetooth Controller - https://www.amazon.com/8bitdo-NES30-Pro-Controller-Carrying/dp/B01LW7JJPJ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490322450&sr=8-1&keywords=8bitdo+nes30+pro
- Mod Podge - https://www.amazon.com/Mod-Podge-Waterbase-16-Ounce-CS11302/dp/B001IKES5O
- Utility Knife or Sharp Xacto Knife
- Soldering Iron
- Hot Glue/CA Glue
Step 1: Hollow out book or Moleskine
I followed this tutorial to bind the pages together and hollow out the parts of the moleskine to make room for my components.
Part 2: Wire Components
I placed all my components where I wanted them to go and then cut wires to length.
Sorry I don't have a diagram, but here's what I did.
- Modify the screen to run on 5 volts. (This is going to depend on your screen, I can't walk you through it)
- Connect the powerboost GND to ENG to the switch
- Run the powerboost 5v line to the screen and pin on the Raspberry Pi Zero
- Run the powerboost GND line to the screen and pin on the Raspberry Pi Zero
- Connect the lipo battery to the powerboost
- Connect the component and GND lines from the screen to the Raspberry Pi Zero
Step 3: Setup Software
I installed RetroPi so I could play games while on work trips.
Optional Step: Add external audio
I'm waiting for the part to arrive, but I plan on adding PWM audio to the Raspberry Pi Zero.
Optional Step: Terminal
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