Raspberry Pis are great for tons of projects, but if you want to use them outside, you’re going to need a waterproof enclosure. Not happy with what was available, [Jay Doscher] went all out and created the Raspberry Pi Field Unit — a piece of tech that looks straight out of the Call of Duty franchise.
Wanting it to be extra durable, [Jay] started with a Pelican Case 1300 — the standard in electronics protection. These come with a Pelican panel mount, so he had some plastic laser cut specifically to fit the panel mount, and attach all of his components. Speaking of components, he got only the best — inside is:
- A Raspberry Pi 2 with a few PIHATs (permanent prototyping shield)
- A 10.1″ IPS display
- A high power wireless USB dongle
- Weather proof USB and LAN connectors
- An RTC for when it’s off the network
- A 12V power supply for running off solar panels
- DC-to-DC adapters to bring it down to 5V
- A whole bunch of hardware from McMaster-Carr
He has a great write-up over on his blog, and a fantastic section on lesson’s learned during the build. If you’re looking to do anything even remotely similar, it’s worth a read.
For a smaller outdoor case idea, SnoTunes is the perfect way to use a Raspberry Pi for an outdoor snowboarding music setup!