Portable PC Inspired By Shadowrun's Cyberdecks

Portable PC Inspired By Shadowrun's Cyberdecks

This custom PC is too small to be a desktop, but too big for a laptop. It's a unique portable build, something out of an 80s cyberpunk world. And that's what actually inspired its builder Chimerus: portable cyberdecks from Shadowrun.

It looks like a busted replica at first, but even though the build is based on a gutted Casio keyboard, it's actually working and its creator has planned out everything. He has a really neat step-by-step work log with WIP pics (via Tumblr) over here.

I wanted to be able to run a dedicated graphics card, which greatly added to the size of the machine. Also, decided on mounting a strap to sling over the back instead of a carry handle, for mobility. Minimum laptop size display for usability, also could recycle outdated laptop. Finally, so that it can double as a tv pc, mounted a detachable wireless keyboard/trackpad combo for remote control.   Used a busted keyboard from eBay as the main body for structural integrity. Bonus - metal back provides strength, and since its screwed on, would be able to easily replacement/upgrade.

Portable PC Inspired By Shadowrun's Cyberdecks
Portable PC Inspired By Shadowrun's Cyberdecks
Portable PC Inspired By Shadowrun's Cyberdecks
Portable PC Inspired By Shadowrun's Cyberdecks
Portable PC Inspired By Shadowrun's Cyberdecks

Here's concept art of Shadowrun Returns showing a Troll Decker with an original Cyberdeck.

Portable PC Inspired By Shadowrun's Cyberdecks

Comments

    "portable"

      I know right, that would be the hardest thing to even find a place to put it in your house, let alone carry the damn thing.

      There's a reason they have that on their floor.

    You call dat a fraggin deck? What a piece of drek.

    Whilst I respect the effort, I am disappointed at the lack of white and black keys.

    Practical or not, this is cool as hell. But fairly sure practicality wasn't top of the list on a project like this. Awesome.

    I see this and think Neuromancer

      Shadowrun was pretty heavily influenced by Neuromancer, much to Gibson's revulsion.

    Looks like an Amstrad CPC464
    http://www.retrogamer.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Capture_00134.png

    I've not read any comments by Gibson on Shadowrun. What's the source for that comment? (not doubting, just curious)

      He commented back in 1998 in an old SFU magazine that seems to no longer be published, where he said:

      So when I see things like ShadowRun, the only negative thing I feel about it is that initial extreme revulsion at seeing my literary DNA mixed with elves. Somewhere somebody's sitting and saying 'I've got it! We're gonna do William Gibson and Tolkien!' Over my dead body!

      There's an web archive record of the article I can get for you if you like. He also commented on it here: http://williamgibsonblog.blogspot.com.au/2003_05_01_archive.html (the May 8th entry).

        Ahh thanks. I haven't read his blog in ages, though it used to be a regular thing for me. I don't think I'd ever dug back through it much though. Gag me with a spoon. Love it.

          No worries, I only knew about it myself because I read an article that mentioned it recently.

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