CutiePi is an ultra-portable Raspberry Pi creation kit, in a tablet form factor. It is a tablet that helps you “liberate your Pi project from the desk, and start creating wherever an idea strikes you.” The Taiwanese startup CutiePi, announced details about the 8-inch, Raspberry Pi Compute Module-based CutiePi tablet last year August. They have gone live on Kickstarter and they are almost meeting their $35K goal. At just 12mm thin, CutiePi is probably “the thinnest Pi tablet in the world.” The battery level reading and power management features enable you to carry or recharge it like any other gadgets, and with the touchscreen and battery built-in features, there’s no need to connect a keyboard, monitor or power supply to set up your Pi. About CutiePi the company says :
We firmly believe people should have control over the technology they use. For that reason, everything about CutiePi, and we absolutely mean EVERYTHING, from the hardware design, firmware, enclosure, all the way to the user interface, is open source.
This means you can create your own flavor of the CutiePi tablet using the designs. Or build on it to make your next portable project.
The core of the CutiePi is a custom PCB, the CutiePi board. This CM3/CM3+ compatible carrier board comes with features for portable use and is a proud OSHWA-certified open-source hardware. The CutiePi features the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+, which has the same quad -A53 Broadcom BCM2837B0 SoC found on the Raspberry Pi 3B+. The absence of a PMIC, does not enable the 0.2GHz boost to 1.4GHz available on the SBCs, however they have some similarities like the 400MHz VideoCore IV GPU. There is a carrier board by CutiePi that enables a PMIC, and features a STM32 MCU. The CutiePi has similar features to the $25 “Lite” version of the CM3+. It enables 1GB LPDDR2 RAM. There is no flash memory however, it is equipped with circuitry for connecting to a microSD slot, which acts as the major storage connector on the CutiePi. The single USB 2.0 host port can serve as an auxiliary connector for storage.