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Not the Pi(e) recipe you were looking for

Looking for a new tablet? There's a lot of choices out there – or you can do like Michael Castor and just make your own.

Based on the Raspberry Pi Michael Castor's PiPad is a bit of the thicker side, ok a lot bigger than the tablets that we're used to, but it's a tablet with a GPIO. The PiPad sports a 10” touch-screen and is as sleek as can be using these components. Sure you can buy a new tablet – but where's the fun in that?
Bill of Materials:
  • 1/2″ Baltic Birch Plywood
  • 1/16″ Carbon Fiber Sheet
  • Rub-on varnish.
  • 14 NdFeB Magnets – K&J Magnetics
  • Anker Astro3E 10,000mAh battery – Puts out 3A at 5V. Gives about 6hrs of battery life.
  • Monoprice Wifi Adapter
  • IOGear Micro Powered USB Hub (removed from casing)
  • Adesso Bluetooth Mini Keyboard
  • Raspberry Pi Model B (Ethernet and 1 USB port removed.)
  • Raspberry Pi Heat Sinks – Amazon (There’s no airflow in the case).
  • Misc USB ends – Male A (3), Micro (1), Female A (1).
  • 10″ Capacitive Touch Screen with LDVS Adapter.
  • 10K Potentiometer
  • Ribbon cable and connectors for GPIO.
  • Waterproof Metal On/Off Button with White LED Ring
  • Permanent double stick scrapbooking tape
  • Brass hinges
  • Micro to Mini USB adapter
  • Fiio E5 Headphone Amplifier (the Pi doesn’t have an on-board amplifier)
  • Audio jack
Take a look at Michael Castor's website for instructions on how to make your own.
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