What's a Beepy?
Beepy is a portable computing device, with a beautiful high contrast, high resolution display, and a tactile keyboard + touchpad, it is the ultimate everyday hacking gadget.
Powered by the Raspberry Pi Zero W (or any other compatible SBCs), you can use it as a chat device (supporting all chat networks on Beeper e.g. iMessage/WhatsApp/Signal/etc. ), or use it as a hackable handheld cyberdeck, running any Linux application that runs on the Pi.
What is Beeper?
Beeper is a universal chat app. It’s a single app to chat with friends on 15 different chat networks.
Learn more at https://www.beeper.com
Does it have LTE/4G/5G/LoRA/Zigbee/GPS/etc. connectivity?
Additional connectivity can be expanded via USB or GPIO ports.
Does Beepy come with a case?
No, but you can 3D print your own case. We'll be offering a case soon. Beepy can also be used as is (with the addition of a rubber band).
My Beepy LED is always on
You may be running an older version of the firmware, follow the firmware flashing instructions to update the firmware.
I just opened the box and have no idea what to do
First you need to follow the instructions to flash an SD card with the OS, then make sure the battery is charged by plugging in the USB C port and flipping the power switch.
Help, the screen is stuck displaying a very striking static pattern, even after I've flashed the SD card
Follow the Getting Started guide and run the install script before the screen can display anything.
I set my WiFi SSID and password in the Pi imager but it can't seem to connect
The Pi Zero W only supports 2.4GHz WiFi networks. Make sure you're not trying to connect to a 5GHz network.
I prefer a white background with black text
You can invert the display mode by running
echo 1 | sudo tee /sys/module/sharp_drm/parameters/mono_invert