Ono-SenPi? Raspberry Pi Meets Cyberpunk in DIY RA01 Cyberdeck Project

A passion DIY project by artist and technology tinkerer RA has brought a fully-fledged, portable Cyberdeck into the world. If you’ve read William Gibson’s Neuromancer novels or played the Shadowrun series of excellent tactical RPGs, you’ve used a cyberdeck to navigate and hack through the Matrix, a virtual-landscape-gone-real representation of the Internet. Unfortunately, the world doesn’t yet have a Matrix for you to hack into – but the Cyberdek RA01 looks towards nostalgia and pure science-fiction giddiness more than actual usability.

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Cyberdeck RA01

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Cyberdeck RA01

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Cyberdeck RA01

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Cyberdeck RA01

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Cyberdeck RA01

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Cyberdeck RA01

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Cyberdeck RA01

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Cyberdeck RA01

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Cyberdeck RA01

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The Cyberdeck RA01 goes by the cyberpunk tenets in that it’s a completely self-contained, portable computer: there’s an ultra-wide 8.8-inch IPS screen with a 1,920 x 480 resolution, enabling users to explore the customized Raspbian OS (with custom startup sounds!) running on the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B inside (which automatically means HDMI, Ethernet and USB 3.0 support). A pair of 18650 batteries builds upon the Cyberdeck portability – but so does the transportation strap and handle for any serious Matrix runs as well.


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