Aiy Rocket Backpack

Made by 8BitsAndAByte

About the project

A super awesome backpack for space exploration!

Project info


Estimated time:

1 day


26th November 2018

Items used in this project

Hardware components

HDMI 7 800x480 Display Backpack - With Touchscreen x 1
Powerbank x 1
Google AIY Voice Kit for Raspberry Pi x 1

Software app and online services

Autodesk Fusion 360

Hand tools and fabrication machines

Hot glue gun (generic) x 1
Soldering iron (generic) x 1
3D Printer (generic) x 1


As part of the AIY challenge, I made a rocket backpack for space exploration.

Project Video

To make the AIY usable in outer-space, I thought it would be cool to attach the button and the microphone to the straps of this rocket backpack.

Rocket backpack

The first step was modeling and 3D printing thingies to hold them in place, and spray-painting them silver for extra space points.

To connect everything, the wires to the microphone and to button were lengthened. On top of this, I ran them through plastic tubing for safety, coolness and style.

Two small holes were needed in the top of the backpack, so the wires could reach the Raspberry Pi. I tried sewing buttonholes instead, but it didn't work on the fabric...

Closeup of the finished backpack.

The Raspberry Pi running everything was placed in the inside pocket of the backpack.

The speaker was loosely sewed to the top of the backpack, so it's facing up and towards the person wearing the backpack. It's hard to hear the AIY in the video, but it's more than loud enough in person.

To make everything portable, the AIY Rocket Backpack was powered with a powerbank.

Double trouble: Back & Front

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some space exploring to do!

Up, up and awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!


AIY Microphone Holder

Use it to hold the microphone.

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AIY Button Holder (top)

Use it to hold the button.

AIY Button Holder (body)

Use it to hold the button.

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