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Raspberry Pi + BlackBerry keyboard + screen = Beepberry

May 18, 2023.

A Beepberry with a 3D-printed shell next to a ‘Watchy’ smartwatch.

A Beepberry with a 3D-printed shell next to a Watchy smartwatch. © Squarofumi.

Beepberry is the fusion of a backlit BlackBerry Classic keyboard, a Raspberry Pi Zero W and a 2.7-inch Sharp Memory LCD 400x240 monochrome display, all powered by a 2,000mAh battery. The device is the brainchild of Eric Migicovsky who created the Pebble smartwatch and who co-founded Beeper, the all-in-one messaging app that centralizes all the services, from Whatsapp to iMessage (using a Mac as a bridge or an old jailbroken iPhone). Migicovsky wanted a device to read and send messages on weekends using Beeper, without the distraction of a smartphone’s sideshow, though you’ll find a lot more uses for the mini-computer of course. You can also get 3D models on the website to print a protective case. Since the Beepberry isn’t equipped for cellular connectivity, you’ll have to rely on Raspberry Pi’s built-in Wi-Fi for your communications. The Beepberry is available for preorder for 99 USD, or for 79 USD without Pi Zero W. You’ll also need an SD card.

YouTube, “Beeper Hardware (aka Franky) Demo

The Verge, Umar Shakir, “Beepberry is a BlackBerry keyboard tinker toy from the founder of Pebble.”

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