If you’d like to code on the train, bus or subway, your first instinct would likely be to bring along a laptop. Apparently, that’s not the only option as Kerry Scharfglass shows with his “Commute Deck,” inspired by the rather vaguely-described “deck” computing systems seen in William Gibson’s novels.
The Commute Deck features split mechanical switches controlled by a Teensy 2.0, which emulates a keyboard and mouse to an embedded Raspberry Pi. The Pi in turn is connected to a 7″ monitor in the center of the device’s laser-cut plywood enclosure, producing a very unique user interface. Other components include a recycled 10,000mAh LiPo, two USB hubs, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth dongles attached inside.
Though the ergonomics of staring down at the keyboard on commutes are reportedly less-than-ideal, being able to wear it slung over your back while walking has to be worth the sacrifice!
If you weren’t lucky enough to catch a glimpse of it in person at Maker Faire Bay Area, you can find more of Scharfglass’ project over on GitHub.[h/t Adafruit]