Due to their diminutive measurement and low-power consumption, single-board computer systems just like the Raspberry Pi can are available in all sizes and shapes. We’ve seen DIY fanatics like Man Dupont put a $10 into the shell of a to create a tool that may entry Spotify. However few are as cool as this current Kickstarter project we noticed from a Toronto-based firm referred to as Prepared! Laptop Company.
The corporate’s Prepared! Mannequin 100 is basically a case in your single-board laptop that features a mechanical keyboard, stereo audio system, a touchscreen show and sufficient I/O ports to attach virtually something you want. The enclosure lets you match an SBC that’s concerning the measurement of a 4×4 Intel NUC board. Oh, and you’ll carry it round with a guitar strap. Mainly, it lets you construct the cyberdeck of your desires.
The Prepared! Mannequin 100 is available in two major SKUs. There’s a barebones Professional mannequin, priced at about $237, that can ship with out an SBC or keyboard switches so as to configure it to your coronary heart’s content material. In the meantime, the $395 “Neo” mannequin consists of every little thing it’s essential begin utilizing the system out of the field. You too can purchase the NEO with out an SBC if you have already got one mendacity round. And for individuals who are actually formidable, there’s a $1,100 Deluxe mannequin that comes with a 4×4 Ryzen board, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
“I wished one thing I might simply restore or improve, and I used to be impressed by classic machines of the 1980s,” Prepared! Mannequin 100 creator Jesse Lafleur informed Engadget once we requested concerning the inspiration for the undertaking. “… I’ve launched this Kickstarter to search out different like-minded people who both desire a machine they will improve for years to come back or simply favored my design.” With six days to go, the undertaking has raised $97,377 CAD out of its $199,999 aim (roughly $158,000).