1/3 Scale Classic Macintosh Made With Raspberry Pi

Wednesday August 28, 2013 10:29 AM PDT by Juli Clover
John Leake, co-host of the RetroMacCast, has crafted a 1/3 scale miniature replica of the Mac Plus (via Cult of Mac). The computer, which he calls the "Mini Mac", is made from a Raspberry Pi, PVC, and a Linux-based Mac emulator running System 6.

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The mini computer's casing was created from sheets of 3M Sintra PVC plastic, which were shaped with an X-Acto knife and then sanded. The monitor is a 3.5-inch composite LCD panel, held in with two brackets and velcro, and it all runs on a Raspberry Pi. It also includes Wi-Fi, an HDMI port, two USB ports, with a Bluetooth dongle to be added in the future.


Constructing the tiny Mac required Leake to cut the SD card, trim the USB cable, and solder wires to bypass the power connector. Leake has a detailed description of how he built the computer on his blog, and during a podcast, he mentions that it took him 12 hours to build. If he produces more Mini Macs in the future, he plans to use a 3D printer.

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15 months ago
This is awesome! Also, Apple Pi...
Rating: 15 Votes
15 months ago
Surely this should be called the PiMac Mini...
Rating: 9 Votes
15 months ago
That's adorable.
Rating: 7 Votes
15 months ago
I want one!
Rating: 7 Votes
15 months ago
Aw that's awesome
Rating: 6 Votes
15 months ago
Patent... litigate... no innovation... stolen ideas... my company makes more profit... plasticky... where's my rMBP. Forum points of discussion that :mad:

This thing? Instant mood restoration. This is just too freaking cool.

Hat tip.:cool:
Rating: 5 Votes
15 months ago
Cutest.
Thing.
Ever.

WANT!

Is it weird that I want a little mini working keyboard to go with it? (Even if you need a little pointer to use the keys?)
Or I'll settle for an iPhone keyboard that syncs to it. Using a regular sized keyboard for this little cutie just seems wrong... :D
Rating: 5 Votes
15 months ago
That's one of the coolest toys I've ever seen, even if it's pretty pointless. (But I guess most toys are pointless....)
Rating: 5 Votes
15 months ago
Pretty cool. I had no idea that the raspberry pi could run System 6.
Rating: 3 Votes
15 months ago
Kinda wish they could make full-sized Classic Macs and have all the old Mac software on it. I miss Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, Oregon Trail, Number Munchers, etc.

Unfortunately, even with this, how soon will Apple sue?
Rating: 3 Votes

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