Thanks to their diminutive dimension and low-power consumption, single-board computer systems just like the Raspberry Pi can are available all sizes and styles. We’ve seen DIY enthusiasts like Guy Dupont put a $10 into the shell of a to create a gadget that may entry Spotify. But few are as cool as this latest Kickstarter undertaking we noticed from a Toronto-based firm referred to as Ready! Computer Corporation.
The firm’s Ready! Model 100 is basically a case for your single-board laptop that features a mechanical keyboard, stereo audio system, a touchscreen show and sufficient I/O ports to attach virtually something you want. The enclosure lets you match an SBC that’s concerning the dimension of a 4×4 Intel NUC board. Oh, and you’ll carry it round with a guitar strap. Basically, it lets you construct the cyberdeck of your goals.
The Ready! Model 100 is available in two foremost SKUs. There’s a barebones Pro mannequin, priced at about $237, that can ship with out an SBC or keyboard switches with the intention to configure it to your coronary heart’s content material. Meanwhile, the $395 “Neo” mannequin consists of the whole lot it’s essential to begin utilizing the gadget out of the field. You also can purchase the NEO with out an SBC if you have already got one mendacity round. And for those that are actually formidable, there’s a $1,100 Deluxe mannequin that comes with a 4×4 Ryzen board, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
“I needed one thing I may simply restore or improve, and I used to be impressed by classic machines of the Eighties,” Ready! Model 100 creator Jesse Lafleur informed Engadget once we requested concerning the inspiration for the undertaking. “… I’ve launched this Kickstarter to search out different like-minded people who both need a machine they will improve for years to come back or simply favored my design.” With six days to go, the undertaking has raised $97,377 CAD out of its $199,999 purpose (roughly $158,000).