7in Portable Raspberry Pi Multi-Touch Tablet

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7in Portable Raspberry Pi Multi-Touch Tablet by adafruit Oct 22, 2015
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Full Tutorial at: https://learn.adafruit.com/7-portable-raspberry-pi-multitouch-tablet/overview

Portable Raspberry Pi Tablet
In this project, we'll show you how to build a portable Raspberry Pi 2, using a 7" touchscreen display, an Adafruit PowerBoost 1000c and a 2500mAh battery. Our 3D printed enclosure fits all of the components making an all-in-one, compact Raspberry Pi tablet.

7" Multitouch Display
In this build, we're using the official 7” multitouch display from the Raspberry Pi foundation. It features a beautiful IPS display and includes the drivers to work on a Raspberry Pi 2.

The 3D printed enclosure gives you access to all of the ports. Instead of stacking all of the boards on top of each other, this design allow the components to be spread out, making a slim package.

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Has anyone made a version with the sd card accessible? Either using an sd extender cable or a different layout?

I plan to do exactly that!

First, I'm building the tablet to the letter of Adafruit's project instructions but will make a version two with an accessible SD slot, NoIR camera, and possibly an Arduino driven two line display and control that allows several different key combinations to be quickly found and pressed (e.g. Ctrl + Alt + # for tty sessions.)

I'd be interested in an stl for the sd card slot for sure. Otherwise will be a while till I have time to figure out how to do it.

I may just Dremmel it in the original case. The trick is finding an extender with a cable less than two feet!

Yeah I ended up getting these two:


Both will fit in the case fine, but the problem is that just cutting out the slot won't keep it there after cards are pushed into it, if by the time I get around to it I can't design something I'll try hotglue.

What kind of battery life do people experience with this? Is it long enough to watch a movie on?

To those that commented about the holes not lining up - this is on purpose, it's not a mistake. The display driver board has to be moved slightly to make room for the raspberry pi

Any reason why this wouldn't work with a Pi 3?

Any reason why this wouldn't work with a Pi 3?

I accidentally bought the Powerboost 500. Will it work for this?

Hello Ardafruit. Nice construction work. Small remark. Can the printed box fit to the display? Display is bigger then box. I care about corners of display, because they break off by strong manipulation with tablet.

Can this be scaled down to a 5" display? I plan on using it as part of my drone ground station in order to run QGroundControl. Thanks!

Would love to see a version that lets you attach to small loudspeakers.

I had this printed at Shapeways. The large bracket that holds all the boards together has 4 inner holes and 4 outer holes. The 4 outer holes do not line up exactly with the RasPi 7" touchscreen, but the inner 4 holes do line up with their equivalent on the screen. I have found that the charger board can be mounted on 4 M2.5 screws. Anything larger will hit up against the components on the board. The clearance between the pins on the video driver board and the RasPi is very small, take care to keep the USB port clear of the pins on the RasPi.

I have the same problem with the outer holes not quite lining up - they're about a 2mm too wide, but spot-on vertically, so it's not a scaling issue. I might try and remix the design slightly.

I'm printing locally on a Taz 5 using PLA for the moment.

Edit: the powerboost side is spot-on vertically. The two holes to mount to the screen under the Raspberry Pi seemed just a little too far apart, but it was close enough that it might just be my printer. Either way, I was able to bore the hole out slightly with a drill bit and a dremel, and then that side fit.

I also got a copy of the source files, but I don't know fusion 360 at all and so I haven't made any improvements yet. I did find a potential manual solution: I cut out a little bit of material with scissors and made it fit across as two pieces, but the display driver board seems too floppy, so I probably won't stick with that. Maybe I'll cut out the middle entirely and just screw the display driver into the back of the screen...

Oh good, so it's not just me :-)

any reason you can think of this setup would not be compatible with an octoprint setup? Seems like a great solution. Thanks for sharing.

Would it be possible to make a version of this with the power switch on the other side? That way at least one surface is flat and you can rest this on edge.

I love it, can't wait to build it!!

How much space is there for the battery?

Is there enough space to put a larger battery?
(Specifically this battery) http://www.adafruit.com/products/353

Thank you,

I'm building this right now. I'm using the stock battery but I'll let you know how much space is left after I put it in there. :)

Awesome, Jaeg! Thank you!

Hi, i printed the case but it seems a bit "smaller".
Do i need to change the size? i am using a flashforge pro printer.


Would this work if you wanted to just mount the Raspberry Pi 2 and the display mount as they were intended, stacked ? I don't want to use a battery.

Yes, but you won't have easy access to the ports and you will need to modify the frame design to be a bit taller here: http://a360.co/1kmzwHv


Does this configuration work well when using an external keyboard or other USB add-ons? I'm asking because all the docs I've seen say this sort of setup should have a 2A power supply. Or does the PowerBoost provide more than 1A somehow?

the PowerBoost 1000c outputs ~2.5A from a 3.7V LiPoly/LiIon battery. You can read the full description on: https://www.adafruit.com/products/2465

We use a wireless keyboard with a WiFi adapter without any problems.


Huh, guess I didn't read the product description properly. Thanks!