Zero Terminal 3, a mini Linux PC that looks like smartphone and runs on $5 Raspberry Pi Zero


Zero Terminal 3 is a modular handheld PC running on $5 Raspberry Pi Zero, powered by 1200 mAh LiPo battery and has a touchscreen display

Zero Terminal 3 may be the smallest Linux PC that was ever developed. This miniature Linux PC comes with a touchscreen display, a full-size USB 2.0 port, a micro SD socket, and an in-built battery. It is powered by an inexpensive $5 Raspberry Pi Zero single-board computer.

Developed by NODE, the “Zero Terminal 3” is useful for small DIY projects which require minimum computing power and at the same time gives developers enough juice. However, NODE says that the Zero Terminal 3 can be made more powerful by adding ‘backpacks’ using the dual 40-pin sockets at the back of Zero Terminal 3. These addons or backpacks as Node calls them, add several options to the inexpensive Linux PC. Some of these backpacks include a keyboard, radio transceivers, network interfaces, games controllers, TV tuners. You can add a solar panel to Zero Terminal 3 to give it more power.

Zero Terminal 3 miniature Linux PC specifications

Zero Terminal 3 consists of the following:

  •  WaveShare 5.5 inch full HD touchscreen AMOLED display
  • $5 Raspberry Pi Zero
  • USB 2.0 Type-A port
  • micro USB port (for charging)
  • microSD card reader
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Video out
  • Camera connector port
  • 2x power indicators
  • 3 programmable buttons (connected to the Raspberry Pi Zero’s GPIO pins)
  • Power switch
  • 1,200 mAh LiPo battery
  • Audio amplifier and built-in speaker.

NODE says that Zero Terminal 3 isn’t for sale but plans to put up the complete specifications and DIY tutorial for users to build their own Zero Terminal devices and modular add-ons in the future. Here is a video put out by Node for those who want to build a device like Zero Terminal 3 on their own.

If you are interested in building your own Zero Terminal 3 with NODE’s backpack prototype (a slide-out keyboard), you should check out the details on the NODE’s website.


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