This is what happens when you use the Raspberry Pi single-board computer to build a phone

This is what happens when you use the Raspberry Pi single-board computer to build a phone
Back in January, we told you about a DIY enthusiast who had created his own, fully-functional wooden tablet, powered by the Raspberry Pi single-board computer. This curious news made us think how long it will take before someone else tried to make use of the minimalistic computer and put it in a DIY phone, assembled in their basements. Well, the wait is over – introducing the PiPhone. Created by David Hunt, who is a photographer, engineer, and apparently a DIY devotee, the PiPhone prototype is capable of making calls, hanging up, as well as sending/receiving text messages, AT commands, and data.

Mr. Hunt's homemade phone is powered by the $40 Raspberry Pi Model B computer, which is identical to the one that graces the insides of the PiPad. The PiPhone also houses a SIM900 GSM/GPRS module, which comes with the sole purpose of connecting the device to the carrier's network. The display of the device is a resistive PiTFT touchscreen, which sports a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels and comes with a 16-bit color depth.

The creator of the PiPhone uses a 2500mAh Li-poly battery to power his homemade gadget. Although this might seem like an overkill for a gizmo that only comes with the most basic functions, Mr. Hunt suspects that it won't provide more than several hours of life for the PiPhone due to the lack of software optimizations. Speaking of software, the PiPhone runs a custom script, which is written in Python by Mr. Hunt himself.

The whole shebang cost Mr. Hunt some $158 – the GSM module appears to be the most expensive - $48, while the display and the chipset hurt his wallet less - $35 and $40, respectively. Although it looks like it was assembled with Lego blocks by a kid, the PiPhone is a rather curious project, which might teach us to appreciate affordable devices, such as the $62 Nokia Asha 230, a little bit more.




source: David Hunt Photography via Pocket-lint

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22 Comments

1. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

THAT ANTENNA!! Back to 80s

20. engineer-1701d unregistered

80s you mean early 2000 remember nextel and nokia and others had that till 2006

2. Sauce unregistered

Better than WP. All jokes aside: THIS. IS. AWESOME!

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Bravery eh! You are lucky though not too many nokia fanboys online today.

13. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I'm a Nokia fanboy but I'm in no way a WP fanboy and i have a brain ! going back on topic THIS. IS. AWESOME!

17. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Better than blackberry

18. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Why are you so butthurt? You are a disgrace for fandroids.

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Looks like some sort of detonator. I wouldn't carry this phone into the airport :)

8. Sauce unregistered

Lmao xD

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

And with a can of black spray paint, this could become the new secure "BlackPiPhone". Add a big red LED for "secure mode", and it'd be "BlackCherryPiPhone" :)

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Without a doubt, the top phone of 2014. PiPhone FTW.

7. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Just needs a metal chassis!

9. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Compared to the nowadays devices, it looks like Frankenstein's Monster. Well, it might be useful for learning purpose, not sure for what else.

10. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

nerd level: over 9000

11. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Cool! MacGyver phone =]

12. malikmoreni

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

Man!! like my Router's Antenna, cant drop a nokia 3310 for this :D meandroids.com/

14. Darnelll

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

But does it play angry birds?

15. malikmoreni

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

No. It plays GTA san andreas :P

16. tokuzumi

Posts: 1903; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Don't try to take that into the airport.

19. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

If Apple made this it would sell it for $500.

22. NinjaBanana

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 20, 2014

If Android made this is would sell for none because Android sucks.

21. NinjaBanana

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 20, 2014

Looks like an Android!

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