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So, i started wondering about to build a little computer following this old form factor design, but with a “modern computer” inside a unique piece like a console + Keyboard…
Then something happened… The release of RapsberryPI , a very small computer and very cheap ! ($35). That made that light lit in my head again… 😉
Let’s build that ugly Box !
So, i bought a Raspberry Pi and started to build my working prototype. I bought some components, like USB hub, RJ45 female connector, etc. Planned the position of the pieces over a piece of wood. At this time, i decided that´s better to put the RaspberryPi on the left-top corner, because of the HDMI and SDCard connections. Then i disassembled the usb hub, the power adapter, etc. The next step was to fix everything insite, and find a way to power the raspberry without using the micro-usb (the default way to power a RasPI…
I did a little research on google and found a way. I just can put the 5v power directly on the pins of GPIO using pins 2 and 6 (if i remember correctly) to drive the Pi, and it worked as expected. So, 1 problem less.
After that i did the measures and cut all the wood pieces (Back, front and right side) to give acess to all PI connections.
Take a look at this image with the process :
Now, that´s my prototype is fully working, i finally proof my concept design and components layout. I took this ugly prototype and measure everything again to translate it to the 3D Software. I made an 1:1 scale prototype inside 3dsmax and designed the final look of my retrocomputer based on the real one.