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ntware Page Icon Posted 2019-07-06 4:37 PM
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Have you seen this? https://hackaday.io/project/9082/gallery#68358f511c84a57ec18391e1d8f...

The design is ugly, but the guy actually used a Jornada 720 keyboard! It would be nice if your device could fit on the Jornada case and even use the Jornada keyboard. It would probably be hard to reuse the screen though. And finding another screen of the same size is quite complicated
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joval Page Icon Posted 2019-07-06 5:16 PM
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Not exactly easy on the eyes...Yeah, with a face only a mother could love! A 3D printer could sure help with the appearance in this case. But a great idea...is the J720 keyboard pinout standardized?? I recently was daydreaming about taking one of my discarded Samsung 5 cell phones and duct taping it like a hinge to a wireless keyboard or maybe to the bottom half of a J720. Then I might compete with this in the looks department.
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robertojones Page Icon Posted 2019-07-20 12:06 AM
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ntware - 2019-07-06 4:37 PM

Have you seen this? https://hackaday.io/project/9082/gallery#68358f511c84a57ec18391e1d8f...

The design is ugly, but the guy actually used a Jornada 720 keyboard! It would be nice if your device could fit on the Jornada case and even use the Jornada keyboard. It would probably be hard to reuse the screen though. And finding another screen of the same size is quite complicated


Wow, the looks do leave a little to be desired... I like the little thumb pointing stick though, and his use of the Jornada keyboard as you noted.

I had a look at doing this inside a (broken) Jornada 690 case but it was beyond my capabilities. The components are quite tightly packed and even with most of the internals removed there are few truly useful spaces inside. One possibility might be to design a case (for 3D printing) externally similar to the Jornada case but with a nice big void inside.

I have found a few 6.5" screens with the same aspect ratio as the Jornada, only issue then would be fitting in the controller board to get the Pi (or other SBC) to speak to it. Thankfully modern LED-backlit TFT panels are a good bit thinner than the panel in the Jornada so it might just be possible to fit it behind the panel inside the lid.

My 'HPC' is much closer to an NEC MobilePro 900 in dimensions, as this was my favourite HPC. However once I'm happy with that I would love to take on something more Jornada-sized. A good bit more difficult though!
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Not exactly easy on the eyes...Yeah, with a face only a mother could love! A 3D printer could sure help with the appearance in this case. But a great idea...is the J720 keyboard pinout standardized?? I recently was daydreaming about taking one of my discarded Samsung 5 cell phones and duct taping it like a hinge to a wireless keyboard or maybe to the bottom half of a J720. Then I might compete with this in the looks department.


The pinout isn't what I'd call standardised but as with most laptop keyboards I've encountered the ribbon cable just carries the keyboard matrix so with a multimeter to work out the matrix layout and something Arduino-based like the Adafruit Teensy https://www.adafruit.com/product/2419 you could turn it into a USB keyboard. Then it's just a case of connecting it to your phone via an OTG cable. There are even Arduino-compatible boards with Bluetooth https://www.dfrobot.com/product-1259.html so you could even make it wireless if you so desired...

Again an idea I've spent quite some time thinking about, but the last few times I replaced my phone I sold its predecessor so there are no remotely recent 'spare' ones here. I'm pretty sure a HTC Desire is slower than the slowest Raspberry Pi!

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Minor update on my project:

I've finally found a power supply board for the Raspberry Pi that I'm happy with. It claims to be able to supply 3A (at 5v) and I have tested it with a Pi 3B+ with all my peripherals connected, as well as a little USB light I had just to increase the current draw further. No issues running from battery, or connected to a charger, or whilst connecting and disconnecting. This is by no means a given with these types of boards in my experience, but on the basis of this I am prepared to believe the specs are at least close to accurate. I am confident it will supply a Raspberry Pi 4 with sufficient power so I can press ahead with my Pi-based design for the second prototype. As soon as I get hold of a Pi 4 I'll make sure it works, but I'm waiting for the next revision as they seem to have released it with a few issues.

I'm fairly well on with the design work, I expect to have a finished CAD model within the month and then I would expect a further month to build it, allowing of course for corrections and modifications to the design as I go.

In the meantime please see below a photo of the inside of the current prototype. I will definitely be simplifying and tidying the cabling for the new prototype!




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