Just when you thought it couldn’t get smaller, well they have done it again. Piip (Pi in a Pocket) is a credit card sized, battery powered Linux computer which is based on Raspberry Pi. ‘Battery powered’ being the key word here. Piip lets you have a switch for switching between battery to mains operation and a button which can be used for the functions defined and to trigger a shutdown. There’s a green status LED for signalling the various operating states. Or you can connect to a Wi-Fi and control the hour meter, button status and admin access.
Thomas, in his quest for a better battery life, started with keeping it small; he wanted to comply with the dimensions of RPI, of course. He removed the audio and video jacks, to make space for the lithium-ion battery.
Once he was done, he could use this Piip for 2-3 hours over Wi-Fi and WLAN, respectively, without an external source. You can head over to Thomas’ blog for a full breakdown of the parts, schematics and everything else you need to build this yourself. Also the page is in German, just a heads up!
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