Beepberry is a pocket computer designed for instant messaging, and it is also a customizable device.
The Beepberry is equipped with a 2.7-inch black and white Sharp LCD display and BlackBerry classic keyboard. It is designed to work with the Raspberry Pi Zero W single-board computer and run the software connected to the Beeper messaging service. Users can also use similarly sized single-board computers and software to make your own device.
Beeper is a multi-platform messaging service that allows chatting with users of 15 different services using a single app, including WhatsApp, Slack, Google Chat, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Discord, and even Apple iMessage.
Beeper was founded by Eric Migicovsky, the founder of the now-defunct e-paper smartwatch company Pebble, who was also behind the small-sized Android Phone initiative.
So Beepberry is more of a development kit than a product designed for end users. For $79, you can buy it with a 2.7-inch, 400 x 240-pixel display, backlit keyboard, printed circuit board And Beepberry with 2000mAh battery.
But the dev kit doesn’t include a case, and users can 3D print or buy a separate case, install a microSD card for storage and install the software themselves, and figure out how to hold the battery in place.
Users can also pay $99 to buy a kit that includes the Raspberry Pi Zero W, or use their own single-board computer.
Beepberry is designed as a portable messaging device running a Linux-based operating system and connected to the Beepberry service, but it does not currently support any kind of cellular functionality. Thanks to the wireless capabilities of the Raspberry Pi Zero W, users can connect to the internet via WiFi or a mobile hotspot.
According to the Beepberry blog, manufacturers are considering adding support for 4G LTE modems, LoRA radios, or other hardware by utilizing USB ports or GPIO pins.