New Project! Raspberry Pipboy

I’m starting a new project! As Fallout 4 is not too far away, I’ve decided I need to build me one of these:

The Pip-Boy 3000
The Pip-Boy 3000

The RobCo Pip-Boy (Personal Information Processor) is an electronic device manufactured by RobCo Industries. It uses ultra-modern super-deluxe resolution graphics, which coupled with its capability to store large amounts of information and transfer data to and from holodisks and from data tubes make it the obvious choice for the wandering explorer, the out-on-his-own newbie or the all-around survivalist expert.

The Pip-Boys were standard equipment issued to all Vault-Tec Vaults. Some Vaults received newer models of the device, while others got older versions.

Fallout 3 Wiki

The Pipboy 3000 is a Wrist Mounted computer that in the game functioned as the players inventory, map and information screen.

The guts of my build will be a Raspberry Pi, with a screen and a handful of buttons. All powered by a battery to make it nice and portable. All of that will then be strapped to my wrist in a custom case.

Handily, someone’s already taken care of the heavy lifting for the software. I’ll be using a clone of Selectnone’s Repo as a base, possibly with a few tweaks.

As an extension (should time allow!), I might add a GPS and wireless internet to the list of features. But first things first, get it all up and running. My basic plan is something like this:

  1. Hardware – Get the Raspberry Pi working, figure out how to add buttons on the GPIO pins (which is something I’ve not done before).
  2. Software – Get a copy of Selectnone’s repo and get it up and running. Make it work with the buttons.
  3. Case – build a case to hold all of the disparate parts to my wrist
  4. Extras – GPS, Wireless internet, Maybe a torch. This bit we can worry about later

So there we have it, a brand new hardware project. I’ll be sure to keep you updated, but in the meantime:

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