A mini-project to look at other uses for Pi-Top by substituting the Raspberry Pi with some other bits of hardware.
If you try this yourself, you do so at YOUR OWN RISK and I cannot be held responsible for any damage caused etc.
This is made up of:
Here's the internal layout of the prototype - it needs some work to tidy it up!
The insulation tape is mainly to keep cables away from the keyboard as it slides up except for the USB extension cable (I have had to remove the shroud around the socket), the GPIO pins and the USB hub for the additional USB sockets.
Additional work to do:
1. Speakers - somehow I need to add some speakers using USB here.
2. Battery level - anyone have a circuit which shows battery level via LEDs? - there is no Raspberry Pi in the case, just the electronics for the USB -C dock etc.
I've now added a USB-C socket to the rear of the device so that you don't have a cable coming out of it - you plug a double-ended USB-C cable into the socket and the phone.
It's a much tidier arrangement.
And here is an updated shot of the internals with the USB-C socket in place - this has been implemented using a USB-C coupler, right-angle USB-C adapter and short extension cable.
Now USB-C to USB-C cable is used to connect the phone to the Pi-Top and can be unplugged when not in use.
Nice work with this conversion. I'm thinking of doing a similar one to connect my Surface Pro 2 to Pi-Top.
What are the minimal conditions to be able to turn the Pi-Top on without an actual Raspberry connected to it? Is it just enough to connect Pin 9 and 39 on the bridge? Or should a device be on the HDMI or USB too?
How did you connect the keyboard?