Connecting to a Lapdock
the Raspberry Pi collection
The attached photo shows (click on it for a larger view) shows my Raspberry Pi attached to the back of an Atrix Lapdock, booted up and powered by the Lapdock's battery. In general, I followed the instructions others have posted on the Raspberry Pi site:
The Raspberry is in a case by Built-to-Spec, which I highlighted, following this blog posting:
One innovation I hit on was to use right-angle connectors on the Raspberry Pi end. You can see these in the photo (click to enlarge). The make the whole setup far more streamlined by eliminating large loops of cable. The points at which the cables were cut was determined by plugging everything together and then determining the points at which the insulation would be cut (allowing about an inch for the splice) and finally cutting the internal wires an inch beyond the end of the outer insulation.
Cutting and splicing the entire cable, including the data lines, made a neat result because it let me slip heat-shrink tubing over the whole thing. Each spliced wire has small-bore heat-shrink tubing on that splice, but before I began work on the little wires, I started by slipping two large chunks of heat-shrink tubing over one of the cables, one inside the other, and once the little wires were spliced, I slid these back over everything and shrunk them in place.