Phone Dock to Raspberry Pi Laptop

Arduino with Danger Shield and Breadboard with LCD connected to Raspberry Pi and attached Atrix Lapdock.

Arduino with Danger Shield and Breadboard with LCD connected to Raspberry Pi and attached Atrix Lapdock.

From the first time I saw a Raspberry Pi laptop last October, I knew it would be a great portable platform for demos and classes. I found the lapdock easily enough, but the adapters to mate its microUSB and microHDMI plugs to the full-sized USB and HDMI plugs on the Raspberry Pi were another matter. There really aren’t many US sources for unusual adapters like a Female-to-Female microUSB adapter, and there are fewer for exotic adapters like a Female-to-Female microHDMI adapter. I tried to search for a matching set on eBay but couldn’t manage to find exactly what I needed. I ended up direct ordering parts from suppliers in China; however, one part, the Female-microHDMI-to-male-HDMI adapter, vanished inside the local post office in the middle of the Christmas rush, and the e-mails back and forth to China to get it replaced drew out the process until mid-March!

Once I finally got all the pieces together (a week after the recent Columbus Raspberry Jam), it fired up perfectly the first time. Now, I don’t have to set up an LCD monitor and cables and power cables and USB cables and a powered hub; I just connect the Raspberry Pi to the lapdock with two cables, lift the lid and watch it boot.

Breadboard with LCD connected to Raspberry Pi with Atrix Lapdock.

Breadboard with LCD connected to Raspberry Pi with Atrix Lapdock.

Atrix Lapdock connected to Raspberry Pi

Atrix Lapdock connected to Raspberry Pi

MicroHDMI extension cable and microHDMI-to-HDMI adapter

MicroHDMI extension cable and microHDMI-to-HDMI adapter

MicroUSB extension cable, microUSB-to-miniUSB coupler, miniUSB-to-USB adapter

MicroUSB extension cable, microUSB-to-miniUSB coupler, miniUSB-to-USB adapter

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