We’re sure you guys are all familiar with the Mac Mini, but what about the Mini Mac? It sounds like a rip off doesn’t it? Well in reality it’s actually a project by the host of RetroMacCast, John Leake, who took a Raspberry Pi computer, a handful of electronic components, and together with a Linux-based Mac emulator, the Mini Mac was born! In fact the whole affair is rather cute and to top it all off, it is an actual working computer, although we’re guessing productivity might be an issue with such a tiny screen, but cute nonetheless.
The case itself is made at 1/3 scale and is crafted using Sintra PVC plastic that was cut by hand using an X-Acto knife. The edges were then filed and sanded down to create the bezels and curves, and finally glued together. As for its innards, it uses a Raspberry Pi computer and it runs System 6. It also comes with an Ethernet port, two USB ports, and HDMI output. As for connectivity, it comes with WiFi and Bluetooth dongles.
According to Leake, the whole affair took about twelve hours to complete and if more Mini Macs are expected to be made in the future, Leake plans to turn to 3D printing for the cases, which we imagine would take a lot less time. If you’d like to see the Mini Mac in action, check out the video above for the details!
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