A Raspberry Pi-based handheld to make creating your own gadgets easy
The pi-top 4 puts the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ in a case with a mini-OLED screen, portable power pack, and four programmable buttons, to simplify the process of wiring the Pi to other hardware.
The latest iteration of the Raspberry Pi-based pi-top computer is a handheld gadget designed to remove technical barriers to using the Pi to build homemade hardware.
The pi-top 4 puts the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ in a case with a mini-OLED screen, portable power pack with a three to six hour battery life, and four programmable buttons.
The pi-top seems designed to take some of the hassle out of learning how to use the Pi to interact with anything from simple electronics like sensors through to full systems like robots.
To streamline that process, the pi-top 4’s makers are releasing a range of sensors, motors, cameras, a drone, and other accessories designed to work with the pi-top 4 on a plug-and-play basis. The Pi’s existing 40-pin header, used for hooking up hardware, is also made easier to get at via the pi-top 4’s GPIO Node extension cable.
The small monochrome 128×64 OLED screen is designed to be used to take readings of simple data and can be programmed to display information from attached sensors, as well as system information like battery life and CPU usage.