How can you control it?.
We have been working of some prototypes with external screens, HDMI based, using the Pi internal GPIO… and will continue working in this line too if we have fundings and investments.
But right now we have developed a very cool way to control the C without adding more weight or using more energy… using something you always wear with you… your smartphone.
You can view the prototype C screen from your smartphone as if it was a monitor, and control it from the smartphone too or via an external keyboard (usb or bluetooth).
The ability to zoom in and zoom out from the smartphone make it very handy and easy to use, and the optional addition of the external bluetooth keyboard (100 g) adds the ability to even program from everywhere easily.
If we get investment the solutions will be improved more.
I wear with me always a laptop of 1,7 Kilogram, and joke with my friends about I started to go to the gym to be able to take the laptop everywhere with me with no effort. Some of my friends suffer from the back, I organize hackatons and some times we improvise them and there is always people that can’t program because they don’t bring the (heavy) laptop.
Prototype C is lightweight enough so everyone can wear it in a pocket and use it if needed. And as the computer is shutdown until used, the battery remains powerful for many days without charge.
The battery is a standard USB for smartphone power bank, so if your smartphone’s internal battery gets depleted you can use the C’s powerbank.
The batteries I’ve tested allow to use the battery while is being recharged, so just plug and you can even work with your friends without worrying lasting without energy, and leave with the battery fully charged.