Retro Portable Computer Packs Printer For The Trip

Looking like it dropped out of an alternate reality version of the 1980s, the Joopyter Personal Terminal is a 3D printed portable computer that includes everything you need for life in the retro-futuristic fastlane: a mechanical keyboard, a thermal printer, and the obligatory tiny offset screen. It’s a true mobile machine too, thanks to it’s onboard battery and a clever hinge design that lets you fold the whole thing up into something akin to a PLA handbag. You won’t want to leave home without it.

This gorgeous machine comes our way from [Gian], and while the design isn’t exactly open source, there’s enough information in the GitHub repository that you could certainly put together something similar if you were so inclined. While they might not serve as documentation in the traditional sense, we do love the faux vintage advertisements that have been included.

The upper section of the Joopyter holds a Raspberry Pi Zero W (though the new Pi Zero 2 would be a welcome drop-in upgrade), an Adafruit PiTFT 2.8″ display, a CSN-A2 panel mount thermal printer, and a Anker PowerCore 15600 battery to keep it all running. On the opposite side of the hinge is a hand wired keyboard powered by a Raspberry Pi Pico running KMK.

Speaking of that printed hinge, [Gian] says it comes on loan from [YARH.IO], which Hackaday readers may recall have produced a number of very slick 3D printed portable Linux machines powered by the Raspberry Pi over the last couple of years.

10 thoughts on “Retro Portable Computer Packs Printer For The Trip

  1. That advert is really great – the age old disclaimer of cancer and birth defects according to California really helps sell it to me.

    Quite like the way it folds and unfolds for use to – it actually looks genuinely useful as well fun, which is a little rare in these builds.

      1. Thanks! It’s a pi zero, so it’s pretty slow and the only IO is a USB hub hooked to the back, it is designed to be able to hold a pi 4B by modifying that little panel on the side, so you could conceivably make it powerful enough to use as a network testing deck (might kill the battery life, tho).

        1. Gian, what filament did you use? This project is incredibly cool, and that color really makes it. I’ve been looking for a good retro shade like that.

  2. The HP 80 series is strong with this one. Had some friends that were doing civil engineering in the north-eastern Sahara and used those because apparently the tape drives didn’t melt to slag in the heat like the disc drives of the day did.

    1. I thought the same at first glance. I cut my teeth on an HP-85 back in the day too, but on the opposite end of that continent. It was good for a laugh when a visiting American bigwig lumbered in, proudly lugging his new Osborne 1 that he made a point of saying he carried over on the plane. He stopped crowing when he saw the HP-85 on my desk :-)

      The tape drive *was* surprisingly reliable. The thermal paper much less so.

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