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Maker Faire Bay Area 2017: Commute Deck RPi Workstation #makerfaire #raspberrypi

May 22, 2017 John Park

When you see a guy walking along at Maker Faire with this super-cool rig slung across his back you’ve got to stop him and ask all about it! This is Kerry Scharfglass and his hand-built, Raspberry Pi-based computer, The Commute Deck. He built this beautifully designed mobile workstation for coding on his daily train travels.
Kerry started by hand wiring the Teensy 2 controlled split mechanical keyboard switches with ribbon cable (fun!), and embedding a Raspberry Pi 2 and 7″ 720p screen in a layered, laser cut enclosure. It’s all powered by a repurposed LiPo battery/charger system, and included two USB hubs, WiFi and Bluetooth dongles, and most importantly, a totally rad guitar strap carry system.
From the project’s Github readme:
A mechanical keyboard, Raspberry-Pi, battery and display all in one 24″ wide box. A computer you can wear! Think of it as a deck (a somewhat poorly defined computing device built from 90’s hacker nostalgia) from William Gibson’s Sprawl Trilogy.
Here you can also see a conference badge PCB that Kerry is also working on, resting jauntily upon the super snazzy keyboard.  Great work on a wonderful project! The Commute Deck is among my favorite projects I’ve seen at the Faire.
If you’d like to build your own, here are all of the CAD files and firmware you’ll need.