It's much better.
If anyone's interested, there's a typing tutor for it and I have files to modify it for use with TabSpace (I'd have to find them though)
There are a number of knock-offs now, such as http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0092KDSQW/
However, if the AdaFruit 'smallest wireless USB keyboard available' didn't work out then these probably won't either.
If I wanted a portable Linux computer (besides my phone), I guess I could design a bracket to hold a small tablet or similar.
Nokia N900 and E7 had good keyboards.
I also have Debian Wheezy installed on this tablet through the GNURoot app so I can use vim and bash on here also. Although I really need to root it and use Linux Deploy or something because the new version of GNURoot has a lot of permission issues. Anyway ssh works great. I also have an X Server Android app if I want to run graphical Linux apps.
If I need to I can use an Android VNC client to connect to my Linode, but I don't usually need that.
As far as the keyboard, it works great. Its a little bluetooth keyboard plus folio case combo that I got for $20 from Walmart. Its my favorite keyboard ever. I am using it right now. I use vim all the time with this thing.
There have been some chording devices - "The Twiddler" is one. https://youtube.com/watch?v=QG3SPSzWUv4
Sadly there are a bunch of patents that hamper innovation and experimentation.
Still on sale from http://www.cykey.co.uk/
Or, if you PM me I can send you mine for postage because I don't use it much.
Maybe you'd get better results if you instead pretended you physically were the computer, and the cursor was just an extremity that you could wave about and click with like one of your body parts. You'd bind the clicking and moving functions of the computer to this instead of verbal commands/thoughts.
Or maybe I'm misunderstanding how this all works, and it's already done like I described. :)
Late eighties/early nineties seemed like an interesting period for these sort of handheld computers. Another great example is the HP LX series, eg 95LX or 200LX http://i.imgur.com/pHa8YWD.jpg
What kind of battery life do you get with your machine?
Adafruit PiTFT - 2.8" Raspberry Pi Touchscreen
with full-on backlight the current draw is ~100mA. (http://www.adafruit.com/product/1601)
Powerconsumption of Rpi and TFT should be 1.02W at idle.
PowerBoost 500 Charger - Rechargeable 5V Lipo USB Boost @ 500mA+ (http://www.adafruit.com/product/1944)
2.500Ah 3.7V LiPo
Boosted to 5V at 95% efficiency 8.79Wh
8.79Wh/1.02W = 8.6h
*Edit: I did a mistake when I calculated the Watt-hour. The Watt-hours of the battery can't increase just because the voltage increases, changed it.
I was able to get about 4 hours on a 6600mAh battery pack powering a Pi and a 7" touchscreen with wifi and bluetooth enabled (the project draws about 8W when the screen is turned on, about 5W with it turned off).
Not as much power as an RPi though.
Yep. That, and Ben NanoNote (http://en.qi-hardware.com/wiki/Ben_NanoNote), which is another Linux device in the same size category as the Z2 and with similar specs. The notable differences between the NanoNote and the Z2 is that the NanoNote has a USB 2 host port and no Wi-Fi.
There are a lot of inspiring projects over the web, but very often they require tools that aren't available to everybody or they're not cheap for one-off projects (laser cutter, 3D printers, etc).
This is why hackerspaces are a rising phenomenon.
I put together a Motorola Atrix Lapdock Raspberry Pi, like this, but it's pretty bulky: http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Raspberry-Pi-Lapdock-Con...
 e.g. https://www.toradex.com/computer-on-modules/colibri-arm-fami... looks quite nice and so-dimm form factor is inherently relatively thin.
 e.g. http://www.ebay.com/itm/5-6-1280-800-TFT-LCD-HV056WX1-100-Lc... bit bigger than what OP has, but still should be very portable
 This is surprisingly something that seems quite difficult to do. Maybe I'll need to 3d-print some keycaps. Or use mechanical switches, like these ones https://www.e-switch.com/product-catalog/tact/product-lines/...
Its not just a terminal, though .. ;)
(You can follow EvilDragon and see his involvement in the community here: http://boards.openpandora.org/user/1-evildragon/)
I'm the happy owner of two of the original first batch Open Pandora machines, and was lucky to get them (F5 for the win) .. I've signed up for the Pyra too, as I really believe that EvilDragon, and his minions, are a fantastic group of like-minded adventurers, and I have absolutely zero hesitancy in recommending him to anyone interested in this project. He has been a stable part of this whole party ..
Let me give you my money! Please! :(
(plus I've heard horror stories on long waits while the units were being produced)
What I regret most about the Nanonote is the lack of wifi support (unless one buys an expensive and hard-to-find gizmo). With wifi, it would make a very useful ultraportable computing platform.
Maybe we'll see it this year, I predict ..
It actually used to be moderately popular back before smartphones became ubiquitous. It's just amazing what you can build nowadays on a shoe-string budget with off-the-shelf parts...
Joking aside, this is really cool, and I'm glad there are still people out there who recognize the value (and want it this badly) of a handheld Linux terminal. Meanwhile, the batteries on my N900 keep getting shorter and shorter charge cycles . . .
Edit: He switched over to imgur and the images are now loading fine.
> If I was to make this again, I would do a few things differently. First I’d probably add a slightly larger screen like this one from Tindie [https://www.tindie.com/products/hwlevel/40-ips-screen-for-ra...]
If I didn't want to make the occasional voice call, I'd be absolutely satisfied with replacing my smartphone with something like this.
Wintel is making a push, with extra cheap quad-core Atoms and Windows 8. I wonder if this might be easier to get full linux on?
BTW: The big problem with proper linux distributions on ARM/Atom is not not getting them to run, but power management.