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I noticed this rca tablet is about the same size as a pinephone and got carried away making nothing

rca tablet and a pinephone to scale to show scale

I mean you could just print a little trim ring adapter plate kind of thing for the pinephone and then be able to use the usb keyboard case for the tablet, right?

pinephone with an adapter plate goes in a case made for a tablet that has a keyboard

This is quickly getting out of hand

3d printed phone holder in a mildly hacked laptop style tablet keyboard case holding a pinephone from left 3d printed phone holder in a mildly hacked laptop style tablet keyboard case holding a pinephone from right 3d printed phone holder in a mildly hacked laptop style tablet keyboard case holding a pinephone from straight ahead

with a spacer to fit a 7" tablet usb keyboard. It's "done" now with some post print modifications. I'll keep working on the model a bit more and then upload it.

#pinephone with a #3dprinted spacer to fit a 7" tablet keyboard.

@silverhax Wow, this looks super cool! Good work.

@silverhax this is a great looking cyber deck!

@silverhax this came out a lot better than I initially expected from your first thought descriptions! great job! :D

@djsundog It sure feels weird basically photoshopping things into existence.

@silverhax "I described a thing. now it's in my hand. how is it not magic again?"

@silverhax Reminds me of the perfection of pocket computing that was the Psion 5. [Ran on 2 AA batteries and had a slide-out keyboard that could be used for touch typing.]

@silverhax i don't have anything valuable to contribute, but i couldn't pass by this excellent bit of bodging without saying something ... absolutely delightful

@seanchai Thanks!

@silverhax awesome

I couldn't manage to reliably interface with the keyboard's pogo pins so I soldered usb wires directly to the pins and hot glued the bundle down. The usb wires plug into a usb2 to usbc adapter, and then it all snaps in the rca case frame. If the usbc plug is hot glued in place then the can slide in and out of the frame easily with one hand.

Pinephone holder plate in RCA 7" tablet usb keyboard case, with wires all hidden except for the usbc adapter plug just hanging out chillin in midair waiting for a pinephone to come along. I gave up trying to make a plate to interface with the pogo pins and just soldered a usb cable to it. DONE. It works. It's reliable. It ain't fancy. It ain't what I wanted. I am mad about it. But it WORKS now.

Very nice idea!

@silverhax uncomfortable?

@jmp_0xdeadbeef Actually it feels great for the most part, except for / moving next to space. My fingers hate that change.

I wonder if we could cram a full convergence dock in the back instead of the usb host adapter...

Made a quick video showing how my works.

Nice one, love it!

@silverhax great work! :)

@silverhax This is amazing!

@silverhax Did you ever see Razer Project Linda? I wonder if you could make something close to that?

Or maybe just, take your current case, make it bigger, and add a built-in screen. Slide the phone in through the side, it plugs into a hub for keyboard, touchpad, tft usb display, and now you have a lapdock for your

@silverhax I thought the keyboard connected over the pogo pins, not USB? That would mean you can't use USB devices at the same time as the keyboard. :( I wish the keyboard was also a USB hub.

@be This is an RCA tablet keyboard adapted to fit a pinephone, not the pine64 pinephone keyboard which is i2c and uses the pinephone pogo pins and (presumably) allows usb to also be used.

I think this keyboard could be made to have some open usb ports available if a convergence dock was used instead of passive usb converter.

@extraspecialk Yeah, but a more straightforward way to go might be something like the pitop raspberry pi case which wouldn't need any printed parts.