Measuring 85 x 49mm, plus a mm or two for the overhanging USB/Ethernet ports, the Raspberry Pi is a very small computer. On the other hand, that’s only two out of three dimensions, and when looked at from the side, this board’s Ethernet and USB ports loom quite large comparatively. This might not be a problem for some — and those that don’t need the full power of a Pi 3 can always opt for the smaller Pi Zero — but this wasn’t good enough for hacker extraordinaire “NODE.”
In order to help satisfy his obsession with making electronics smaller, he took a Pi 3 and cut off the part of the board that held the USB and Ethernet connections, replacing them with three micro USB connectors. The new device, which he placed inside of a custom vented enclosure, is roughly 7mm, and could make for an excellent headless computer or wireless access point.
Interested in learning more? Check out NODE’s full write-up here.