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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Welcome to the thread of wasting money,

Here you will see strange and probably
redundant ideas that a man has to put a
computer "setup" into a backpack.

Don't judge,
Krypt


The whole idea is to have the customizability of a desktop, with the portability of a laptop.This is just a project for me to do while I am in/at tech school.

I came across the Asus ROG Shuttle Backpack (ARS), while also seeing another backpack with a solar panel integrated into the back of the bag (which gave me an idea).

  • I plan on modding the ARS so that it has a solar panel in the back of the bag, connected to a switch that'll control fans (pulling air from one side out the other). I'll add some mesh covering, or something similar, to keep out as much dust as possible in the open environment that this bag will be running in.

The bag itself doesn't really matter all that much, because I'm going to outfit a steel cage on the inside for all the different components, laced with padding (sound proof?) for cushion.

There will be a slot for the keyboard, mouse, and even a monitor!

I'll try and get a sketch-drawing of it all ASAP, just have to wait until I return home so I can use the scanner. (I'm in Upstate New York, going to Canada tomorrow.)

Well, that's all for now - I'll edit this post with more thoughts/ideas as they come into development.

What are all of you's guys' thoughts on this project?

--Krypt
Edited by Krypteron - 10/10/13 at 10:03pm
post #2 of 9
Do you wt a full on gaming PC? or something light duty? You could get an all-in-one PC with batteries into that pack and get away with it.

Assuming you want a hardcore gaming PC, which would make sense because otherwise why not just get a laptop, things get complicated.
With a soft bag, you're going to have both weight issues (psus are not light) and ventilation issues. I would consider what is known as a frame pack. It's an older style of backpack, and isn't quite as comfortable, but has the advantage that it basically ignores the shape of what you carry in it. You can pack a load of wood with one of those things.

You're also going to have some serious weight to deal with which also makes it a good idea. You'll need both the PSU and, assuming you want batteries, a UPS to power it. A UPS is by no means light.

The simplest frame pack is called n alice frame, and was used by the US military for many years. You can buy a rig for around $40, or even make one out of PVC pipe, and you would have something that would carry the weight you need comfortably.
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post #3 of 9
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I was thinking of using a mini-ITX, like placing a Node 304 into it's own box inside the cage in the bag. tongue.gif
It's not necessarily meant to have the PC run while it's in the bag, but to be able to put up a comms-network in a matter of minutes.

I'm excited for the "set-up" of the bag itself, but haven't taken into consideration the amount of weight that this bag will carry. I'd assume not much, other than the steel cage that'll be the skeleton inside the skin (ARS).
post #4 of 9
well do you need batteries or not? If you're doing solar cells it implies you do. MiniITX computers don't necessarily use any less power than larger boards. If we ditch the idea of working without an outlet, things get quite easy. Just about any of the smaller mITX shoebox cases would work. You could even water cool ti because there wouldn;t be enough water to make it ungainly and watercooling is fairly resistant to shock compared to some of the larger air coolers. You could just throw it in the backpack and go. Of course you're going to have to lug the monitor.

If you want to get tricksy you could go for a pico projector such as an ASUS P1 instead of a monitor. You'd have to find some sort of white wall wherever you;re going, but as long as you stay urban that isn;t difficult. The p1 is about 1 u thick, which gives me an idea...

with 720p max rez your video requirements become fairly flexible. You could look at, say an a10 apu and just use it's internal graphics, which are unusually good. This would allow video and light gaming at the monitor resolution. Doing this also means that your power requirements go through the floor and you can do a sub 300w compact PSU 1u half or quarter rack server power supplies are very flat and compact Maybe use a small flower style cpu cooler to keep it sturdy and low profile, or find an 8xxx series stock cooler You could lay it out and it would be no more than 1u thick. The video card slot is pcie, so you can either buy board with wifi on it, or if you need something special use the slot. They make flexible pcie cables, so you can even lay the card flat too.

Now that the power requirements are down it is even possible to look at batteries again. They make half rack 1u UPSes that could run a system like this for half an hour and still be not too horribly heavy. You can probably do this for not much more than a grand.
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post #5 of 9
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You throw some great ideas out there, I didn't even think of a mini-projector or even an APU...

I was thinking of hardcore parts, but maybe I shouldn't. Maybe I should go smaller-scale since I'll be tugging it along and it may get dropped (accidentally) every now and then.
post #6 of 9
i was trying to keep things in the scale of that pack you mentioned. You're going to want to look at ebay alot. those rack mount server parts have stupidly high new prices. The only problem with the concept is at the end of the day what you;ve basically made is a kind of crap laptop.

It;s just that there's soo much heat, and therefore cooling involved in a gaming level desktop. The cooling winds up being larger, heavier, and more fragile than the actual computing parts. Maybe what you want is just a competitive gaming machine. They're desktops pro gamers lug around to events. Usually Intel mini ITX machines with a single giant video card and a case with handles on it. they;re small enough to stuff into a good sized backpack.
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post #7 of 9
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Hmm.. you've left me with a lot to think about.
post #8 of 9
There are a bunch of competition machine builds in the build logs. Water coold microtowers the size of (big) shoe boxes, a lot of bitfenix prodegy builds (it has handles)

If you just want something that does this and are willing to simply buy it there are these guys http://www.stealth.com/portables.htm Or these guys http://www.ssiportable.com/products/portable-solutions/spark-s9t/

both of those are basically ruggedizes mid towers with screens built into one of the panels. They're mostly milspec and terribly expensive. It might be possible to do a build-your-own on that format though.
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post #9 of 9
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Those are both great links, and has brought more ideas to the table.

I may abandon the idea of having it in a bag enclosure... and may swap it to the style similar to what I saw. Of course, this is still a ways away.. just another thing for me to think about, and draw out.
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