Story 2014-04-28 3JG Introducing: the Raspberry Pi-Phone

Introducing: the Raspberry Pi-Phone

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story imageThe Raspberry Pi has turned out to be a fun and interesting platform for tinkerers, inventors, and gadgeteers. As intended! But you'd be hard-pressed to out-geek David Hunt, an Irish Linux developer who has been having fun finding new and interesting projects for his Raspberry Pi kit. Not content with previous projects, including a DSLR attachment and a mini ( really mini) RAID server, he has this time built a cellphone . The project runs about $150 in parts including a small antenna and a touchscreen produced by Adafruit, but it works!

“It’s a bit of a mess, but you wouldn’t actually use it in the real world,” Hunt says. “You can feel it getting a little bit warm. It doesn’t crash or anything, but I’m sure it wouldn’t be good to put it in an enclosure without some sort of heat sink.”

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I wish I had time (Score: 1)

by on 2014-04-29 12:12 (#18N)

to play with technology and do cool things like this...

Re: I wish I had time (Score: 2, Interesting)

by on 2014-04-29 12:16 (#18P)

The thing looks cool, and actually reminds me a bit of the old Handspring PDAs with cartridges that could make your Handspring into a cellphone, a GPS, a barcode scanner, etc. Probably too late for me, but I hope my son gets into this stuff. Just looking at the things they sell at Adafruit makes me wish I had the talent to get into these interesting projects. There's still some fun to be had out there!

Re: I wish I had time (Score: 2, Interesting)

by on 2014-04-29 16:30 (#18Y)

I was also just recently poking around Adafruit and wishing I had considerably more disposable income and gumption than I do currently. Here I was feeling all pleased at finally figuring out how to turn my pi into an always-on VPN/Privoxy server for when I'm out and about on cellular, and then I see stuff like this guy's project and feel I've really set my bar too low. Always wanted to try circuit bending, too, and George Gleixner's recent project is something I would love to reproduce. So many awesome projects, so little talent and motivation.