Pi-Top provides a learning platform for wannabe computer engineers

How to build a laptop out of a Raspberry Pi

The Pi-Top is a new piece of tech that uses a Raspberry Pi to power a fully functioning laptop.

The kit takes budding computer engineers and programmers through its components and what each of them do, preparing them to use the Pi-Top as a tool for their own projects. 

Using the Raspberry Pi mini computer, users are taught how to create real hardware through online lessons that show how to create printed circuit boards and 3D printed objects.

The kit comes with a moulded case, allowing the user to build the laptop from scratch, plus it comes with 3D printed files, meaning a personalised case can be printed out.

Once a device is pieced together, the device encourages people to modify and improve on the original design.

The idea began on crowdfunding site Indiegogo, where it has to date raised $179,807.

Once the company hit $150,000 in funding, it announced that it was upgrading the power management PCB, allowing it to output more power, so boards such as the Udoo could be used with the device.

The complete kit, including a Raspberry Pi 2, will cost $300. 

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