Raspberry Pipboy – Case Pt.1

I’ve started building the case. Well, A bit!

I’ve picked up a cylindrical metal container from IKEA, and after attacking it a bit with a hacksaw I’ve managed to get it to the right length and width. Behold!

Behold, The Cylinder!
Behold, The Cylinder!

It’s currently masterfully held together with masking tape, but I’ll be replacing that with some clever locking mechanism (Once I figure that bit out).

That’s the sleeve sorted. As for the ‘box’ that sits on it I’ve got a copy of a 3D model of the pip boy from Thingverse. However it’s not designed to contain all the electronics that are going into this project, so I’m taking that apart (virtually) too!

The 'Box'
The ‘Box’

I’ve not finished tweaking it yet, but when it’s finished I’ll make it available on the site. I don’t own a 3D printer either, but I’ve got a plan for prototyping it a bit. Once I’ve had a go I’ll put up another post with how it went.

Raspberry Pipboy – Hardware

Well, I just got a package! All the hardware I ordered for the Raspberry Pipboy build.

Special Delivery!Here’s a copy of my shopping list, All of it from Adafruit:

I’ve also added a stack of resistors and LEDs for testing from my local Maplin. The Raspberry Pi I’ve had sitting around for a while, after I stopped using it as a media center PC.

First things first was getting output working from the GPIO pins. This is my first attempt at using them. I set up a pretty basic circuit to light up a handful of LEDs using python.



Next, I tried out my new LED buttons, replacing the LED’s in the circuit:

Light up buttons

It’s a bit of a mess, but it works! In the final build I plan to solder them all into a much neater package. But this initial foray into electronics has worked out rather well (and much faster than I’d expected)! Next up, getting the software running.

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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