I needed a case for the RaspberryPi. The good thing about the RPi being a business card-sized computer is that it fits nicely in a plastic box from old business cards. If you look on Ebay, you can buy 20 of them for £5 including delivery.
The boxes make fantastic custom RPi cases! I didn’t spend too much time and effort in cutting these accurately, but the result is fine for the purpose. All the necessary ports are exposed and the GPio cables have a custom hole.
The board fits snuggly in the box, so I did not bother fixing it. A bit of bluetack was used to stick the plastic box on the metal frame.
This is how the final product looks like on my desk. I now need to write a python script which will translate various button combinations into actions. Stay tuned…
Step one was to draw the positions of the buttons on a piece of paper. I secured the drawing with some tape.
I first drilled pilot holes, then used a 16mm metal drillbit to widen the hole.
A step drillbit was then used to accurately widen the button holes to the right size.
An additional hole was added for the tablet charging cable.
Wire harness in place.
The tablet stand was created from scratch, using a perforated steel sheet I had in the workshop.
I drilled a hole first and then, using the vice and a piece of wood as a guide, I gave it the right shape. The gap is wide enough to accommodate even a 10″ tablet.
For now it holds an old Google Asus Nexus tablet
An angled USB charging cable makes the connection looking quite neat.
In a recent trip to IKEA, I found an interesting and very “hackable ” item: the TYNSES mirror:
[link to IKEA]
hackable mirror from IKEA
I wasn’t really interested in the actual mirror. I was after the nice metal frame. I removed the mirror, which was held in place by 6 stickers and I’m planning on making it a panel on which I will add 8 buttons connected to a raspberry pi. Then the panel will be clamped on my desk, allowing me to run things by pressing a combination of the buttons.
The buttons will be at the bottom part, in two rows. I’m thinking of having an old Nexus at the top, as a mini screen connected to the Raspberry Pi.
I will post more on this later on, as I build it.
It came to my attention today that a workshop took place in Italy a while ago on Arduino/Ikea lamps. This was an Arduino Workshop, part of the Torino Design Week.
Video on Vimeo:
My original Arduino/Ikea lamp post was used quite a bit. One of my photos was used on the event description
and a few code posts referenced my site. I was surprised to see that I even got a credit on the video posted at Vimeo! Thanks guys!
40 days ago, I added here a post about a “hacked” IKEA lamp; a simple lamp, fitted with 20 RGB leds, an arduino board and a push-to-make switch which I built as a gift to the 2 year old daughter of a good friend of mine.
Now, the lamp has appeared on the front page of the blog of the :MAKE magazine, the video had over 4,000 views recorded on Vimeo and I’m still getting many hits every day.
The most important thing: my friend’s daughter loves this lamp!