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The LittleBox PC comes as a build-it-yourself kit containing over 60 laser-cut parts, an LCD, and more than 100 Nuts, Bolts, & Screws.

The LittleBox is designed to be built at home, by anyone, and with the minimum of tools. Everything you need to turn your Raspberry Pi into a Desktop PC is included as part of the complete LittleBox kit.

I am a huge fan of the Raspberry Pi. It has sparked a revolution in the computing world, and has inspired millions, including myself.

The LittleBox is the culmination of 18 months of working with the Raspberry Pi. The idea for the LittleBox comes from my involvement with the FishPi Project where we are moving towards building an autonomous drone, controlled by a Raspberry Pi, which will cross the Atlantic Ocean.

We have a Base-Station which is used to control and monitor our Proof-Of-Concept Vehicle, and I wanted everyone to be able to share in the experience. The LittleBox was originally conceived as an at-home version of the FishPi Base-Station, but the idea has grown into something far greater.

The 61 Laser-Cut parts are are produced from a single sheet of 3mm Birch plywood. The plywood has a protective backing and compressed air is blown around the cutting-head to help minimize burns and scorch marks. The end result is a clean and precise set of plywood components.

The HDMI cable is hand-made here in the UK. The Power Distribution Board PCB is made to industry standards, electrically tested, silk-screen printed, and is also produced in the UK.

The LittleBox design & prototyping has been documented on Instructables. It is a great read for anyone who wants to see the development of the LittleBox, and the problems I have had to overcome.

It covers everything from the LittleBox's inception, development of the two prototypes, electrical testing, and stress testing.

You'll get a sneak peak of what's involved when building your own LittleBox kit, including having a look at what you can do with your LittleBox and the Raspberry Pi that powers it.

The link is http://www.instructables.com/id/The-LittleBox-Prototypes-A-Kickstarter-Project/

The LittleBox is delivered in parts. Using the provided instructions the laser-cut plywood parts are glued and bolted together to build up the LittleBox's frame. Next the electronic components are fitted. Then plug in all the cables and you can power up your LittleBox.

The LittleBox is low energy, requiring less than 12 watts when powered up. It has 7 usable USB ports, includes a 2.5watt stereo amplifier, which you assemble yourself, has two 70mm x 30mm 5 watt speakers, and features an LED back-light LCD with a resistive touch panel.

The Raspberry Pi's SD Card is easily accessible from the top of the LittleBox, meaning that swapping between different distributions & other OSes is quick and hassle free.

The Raspberry Pi's GPIO is brought out in front of the LittleBox to an easy-to-reach header making connections to a breadboard and interactions with your electronic projects simple and fun.

Weighing in at a little over 2.2kg, the equivalent of two bags of sugar, the LittleBox is lightweight and semi-portable. You can easily take the LittleBox round to a friends house, down to a Hackspace, or to your local Maker group.

The build time for a LittleBox is around 10 hours. It would make a great weekend family project for both adults and children alike.

Specification.

  • Raspberry Pi Powered All-In-One Desktop PC.
  • 14" Widescreen LED Back-light LCD (1366x768).
  • Resistive Touch Screen.
  • Integrated Amplifier & Speakers.
  • Integrated USB Hub.
  • Built-In Power Converter.
  • GPIO Header.
  • Laser Cut Birch Plywood Frame & Stand.
  • Build-It-Yourself Kit.
  • Runs from a 2A 12v PSU.

The Complete LittleBox Kit Features;

  • 61 High Quality Laser-Cut Birch Plywood Parts.
  • 105 Bolts & Screws.
  • 56 Microbarb brass insert bolt anchors.
  • An LCD.
  • Touch Panel.
  • Stylus.
  • All the required cables & wires.
  • All the needed electronic components.
  • 8 PCBs, including a USB Hub, amplifier, and the LCD controller boards.
  • An 8gb USB Pen Drive with all the plans, instructions, and a parts list.

The Non-Touchscreen LittleBox Kit Includes;

  • 61 High Quality Laser-Cut Birch Plywood Parts.
  • 101 Bolts & Screws.
  • 54 Microbarb brass insert bolt anchors.
  • An LCD.
  • All required cables & wires.
  • All the needed electronic components.
  • 7 PCBs, including a USB Hub, amplifier, and the LCD controller boards.
  • An 8gb USB Pen Drive with all the plans, instructions, and a parts list.

The LittleBox Hardware Pack Contains;

  • 61 High Quality Laser-Cut Birch Plywood Parts.
  • 56 Microbarb brass insert bolt anchors.
  • The HDMI & Audio Cable.
  • The Bespoke Power Distribution PCB.
  • An 8gb USB Pen Drive with all the plans, instructions, and a parts list.

You'll need to supply your own Raspberry Pi, SD Card, 12v PSU, and peripherals.

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The Birch Plywood sheets the LittleBox is cut from can vary in thickness between each plywood sheet. To produce a set of designs which can accommodate these variations can be tricky.

However, I believe the design tolerances are now compatible with the variations, but before a large production run of the LittleBox is commissioned I will have a single sample produced to test the final design allowing for any minor adjustments in the final plans, including any recommendations & improvements from you guys!

The instructional manual will be made using the first LittleBox set off the production line.

The final development and alterations to the LittleBox design should not effect delivery times as I have factored this into my delivery estimation.

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