One of the most remarkable things about the Raspberry Pi isn’t just in what it’s capable of doing—but how affordable it is. As a result, many users never think twice about building out fun side projects—many of which are some of the best examples of the single-board computer in-use.
The LEGO Macintosh Classic with e‑paper display is one of those projects.
Created by programmer Jannis Hermanns as a birthday present for a friend, the Wi-Fi enabled LEGO Macintosh replica runs Docker (via resin.io) on a Raspberry Pi Zero with an e‑paper display. While it’s not quite the original Macintosh Classic of yore, it’s a spectacular example of what the Raspberry Pi is capable of in the hands of a user with a little creativity and inspiration.
“While my son and I were playing with LEGO, after building a 1987 GMC Vandura and an off-road Segway I suddenly had the urge to build one of the first computers I remember using,” explains Hermanns.
After building a prototype with his son’s colored LEGOS, he used LEGO Digital Designer to rebuild the model in order to determine the appropriate pieces to order in white.
Of course, fitting an e-paper display and powering it all up with a Raspberry Pi is no walk in the park, but Hermanns has documented his entire build process for anybody that wants to take the deep-dive for their next weekend project.