As posted on Build Your Own Sidekick-Inspired Mobile Raspberry Pi Computer


Do you long for the days of your Sidekick, arguably one of the best-worst-greatest phones to ever hit the market? NODE shows you how to build a mobile Raspberry Pi machine that should help with that longing as long as you don’t care about the actual phone part.

He uses a new Raspberry Pi Zero W, a 3D printed case, and an old iPhone 5 sliding keyboard case. It’s all soldered together to add in a full-size USB port that still includes access to the HDMI, a battery charging port, and more.

NODE has been on a quest to make the perfect portable Pi for a while, his first iteration used a Raspberry Pi A+, while his second upped the ante with a Raspberry Pi 2 and is still to this day one my favorite Raspberry Pi projects. I haven’t gotten around to actually making one for myself, and now I’m not sure which of these two I want to try and make for myself first.

Each of NODE’s iterations has improved or changed the original concept slightly. This round the project packs in a 3D printed case instead of a few retrofitted and commercially available parts, which feels much more high concept than the first two.

There are a few different small screen variations of Raspberry Pi operating systems available too, so you should be able to find something that works for what you want to make.

The Zero Terminal | NODE