A small but vital genre of homebrew portable computers is the "cyberspace deck," in which hackers create DIY, special-purpose computers inspired by the ICE-breaking console-cowboy decks of William Gibson's Sprawl trilogy (Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive).
Last year, I wrote about the Commute Deck, a portable wireless Unix terminal created by Kerry Scharfglass.
Now, there's Tinfoil_Haberdashery's "Cyberdeck," revealed in all its glory on /r/Cyberpunk, inspired by classic laptops like the COMPAQ Grid Compass 1011.
Tinfoil_Haberdashery 3D printed the chassis with interlocking dovetails, added a head-mounted display, and a pop-up screen with stubby antennas. It's a gorgeous little simulacrum!
I started with components--the Intel NUC is a 4"x4" motherboard form factor designed to be used in a mini desktop. However, the fact that it will happily run on a wide range of voltages and uses virtually no power makes it a perfect candidate for a portable build. This one has a 3.4ghz duo core CPU, and I added 8Gb of RAM and a 500Gb M.2 SSD. The NUC can also take on an external graphics card via its Thunderbolt port if I decide to add that in the future. My screen is the Fatshark Transformer, a 5" 720p display intended for FPV drone piloting. It works as a standalone monitor but also slots into single-panel and binocular headsets, so I can use it as a regular head-mounted display with full resolution or get 3D video at half-res.
I designed and 3D-printed the case. Due to the build-volume constraints of my printer, I had to break the body and lid of the case up into 4 pieces each, print them separately and then glue them together afterward. Here's the top-left corner of the case where the motherboard sits, as designed for printing. I designed the case as a whole, then broke it into pieces so that I didn't have to second-guess my measurements.
Just designed and 3D printed a cyberdeck. Time to break the ICE. [Tinfoil_Haberdashery/Cyberpunk]
A Mobile Computer to Make William Gibson Jealous [Tom Nardi/Hackaday]
Amsterdam's Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica (AKA "The Ritman Library) houses more ths 25,000 occult texts, covering "Hermetics, Rosicrucians, Theosophy, alchemy, mysticism, Gnosis and Western Esotericism, Sufism, Kabbalah, Anthroposophy, Catharism, Freemasonry, Manichaeism, Judaica, the Grail, Esotericism, and comparative religion."
The queue area at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland features a row of changing portraits wherein paintings everyday scenes are revealed as sinister and haunted (originally the effect was done with crossfading slide-projectors; now it's done with an amazing, crisp electroluminiscent effect).
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