While microcomputers are yet to gain huge popularity, a newly designed prototype DIY has emerged to deliver an all-in-one computer with a compact body. Called the Zero Terminal, the handheld Linux system has put together an iPhone keyboard with the latest Raspberry Pi Zero W.
DIY developer N-O-D-E has developed the Raspberry Pi-powered Linux terminal that can transform into a full-fledged PC if you connect it to a large monitor. The device is packed with portability and functionality in one unit.
“This is the third iteration of the handheld Linux terminal project I have been working on for a while now. Like the others, the aim is to create a small, all-in-one computer that is both portable and usable,” the developer writes in a blog post.
For an enhanced wireless connectivity, the Zero Terminal utilises Raspberry Pi Zero W and offers Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi support without any third-party integration. Also, there is a keyboard to let you type something important while on the go.
The Zero Terminal comes preloaded with 512 MB of RAM and has a miniHDMI port and a microUSB input for charging. It has an Adafruit Powerboost 1000c charge controller and a 1500mAh battery. Furthermore, the device comes with a portable iPhone keyboard and Adafruit PiTFT Plus Display.
You need to manually configure the keyboard in order to use the device. Apart from the configuration, you can easily remap all the keys on the keyboard using a simple guide available on the project’s website.
The portable system that runs entirely on Linux with support for desktop opens new avenues for open source enthusiasts.