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South Park's Buddha Box

About the project

A real, working version of South Park's Buddha Box.

Project info

Items used in this project

Hardware components

HDMI 7 800x480 Display Backpack - With Touchscreen HDMI 7 800x480 Display Backpack - With Touchscreen x 1
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Raspberry Pi 3 Model B x 1
Powerbank 2.4A Powerbank 2.4A x 1
Headphones Headphones x 1

Software apps and online services

Screen Cast Screen Cast

Hand tools and fabrication machines

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

Story

Overview

Below a quick overview of the content.

  • Introduction and showcase video
  • Box & electronics
  • Screencasting
  • Design
  • End result

Introduction & Showcase Video

Inspired by the "Buddha Box" episode of South Park, let's build our own!

Box & Electronics

To start things off, lets fold our cardboard box.

The folding of one box

Now we have the box ready, we 3D print the braces and bolts to attach the headphones to the box. To fit our headphones, we have to change the size a bit, some trial and error and they're the right size. To avoid future headaches, we also add some sponges where the braces will rest on our head.

Some padding for the braces

We also print a frame to hold the screen, and cut out one side, to access the inputs.

Frame for the screen

With that in place, all we need to do is hot glue the Raspberry Pi, screen and power bank. For balance and comfort the powerbank is on the opposite side of the screen. Connect the powerbank to the Pi, and the USB/HDMI to the screen.

Overview of the hardware

The're a few steps needed to configure this specific screen for the Pi. You can find all the information needed, right here.

Screencasting

Once the Pi is up and running, start the screencasting app on your phone. This great guide made it super easy and fast!

Design

For the box to look the part, we made a Buddha Box stencil and added some tape. You can find the stencil in the files section.

End Result

There we go, now you can enjoy some quality, one-on-one time, with your phone!

CAD

Screen Holder

To hold the screen

Go to download

Buddha Box logo Stencil

Go to download

Credits

Photo of 8BitsAndAByte

8BitsAndAByte

We’re Dane & Nicole, two makers that create tremendously terrible tech, which we happily share with you on our channel! https://www.youtube.com/c/8bitsandabyte

   

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