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Raspberry Pi Brings Old Suitcase Computer Back to Life

I love the smell and feel of old stuff and computers are no exception. They can be bulky, heavy, and laughably slow, but they are so very cool! It’s like stepping back in time. Hackaday is featuring a pretty fantastic build of a retrocomputer that was revived by a Raspberry Pi. All original is often preferred, but when that’s not possible, new technology is needed to breathe life back into these old machines.

The retrocomputing trend is to lovingly and carefully restore these old machines to their former glory, regardless of how clunky or underpowered they are by modern standards. Sometimes they can’t be saved, yet it’s still possible to gut and rebuild the machine with modern hardware, like with this Raspberry Pi used to revive an Osborne 1.

The tricky part about this build was making the original keyboard talk to the Pi, which was accomplished with an Arduino that translates key presses to USB.

To read more about this restoration click here to hop on over to Hackaday.

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Jenn Toso, Social Media Marketing Specialist, specializes in all things social! As a dedicated member of the social media team at Digi-Key Electronics, you can find her blogging, sharing, tweeting and posting on Digi-Key’s social media channels. Jenn’s passion is the Maker and STEM communities and believes that today’s young people hold the key to a brighter tomorrow for everyone. Jenn holds a Bachelor of Science in Business, a Master of Science in Internet Marketing and a PhD in Hockey Mom. In her spare time, Jenn likes to explore her newly discovered affinity for wearable technology and fuel her addiction to all things hockey. You can usually find Jenn on some type of social media or in a hockey arena – sometimes enjoying both at the same time.

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