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The Multibox PC | The Hacker's Desktop Computer.

Built from an easy to assemble kit the D.I.Y. Multibox PC is the perfect [work|play|hack]-space accessory.

The Multibox PC | The Hacker's Desktop Computer.

Built from an easy to assemble kit the D.I.Y. Multibox PC is the perfect [work|play|hack]-space accessory.

£4,655
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42
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, January 25 2015 9:27 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 13, 2018

About

The Multibox | What is it?

The Multibox is a desktop computer designed to be powered by a wide range of development & embedded Single-Board-Computer systems, such as the Raspberry Pi.

The Multibox features a 14.1" 1366 x 768 HD LED LCD Screen and Stereo Speakers. The Multibox is supplied as a kit ready to be built by enthusiastic first-timers or hardened electronics gurus alike.

The Multibox is compatible with many of today's popular Single-Board-Computer & Embedded systems including the Raspberry Pi, HummingBoard, Banana Pi and Odroid U3. We hope to be able to expand the supported boards in the future too.

A Multibox PC is the ultimate [work|play|hack]-space accessory.

The Multibox | Inside.

  • 14.1" 1366x768 HD LED LCD.
  • 3W Stereo Sound via HDMI.
  • USB Socket on the side.
  • Easy access at the top to most SD Card Slots for easy OS swapping.
  • Easy access to GPIO pins at the back with room for expansion boards.
  • Volume Controls & LCD menu buttons at the front.
  • Space for spare SD Cards in the stand.
  • Includes a 12v 2.5A PSU.
  • Laser-Cut from 3mm clear acrylic sheet.
  • Protective Rubber Feet to prevent damage to Worktops & Desks.
  • Fascia & Stand Inserts available in a variety of colours.
  • Easy to assemble requiring limited knowledge and tools..
  • A great introduction to electronics.
  • The perfect learning platform for kids.

 The Multibox | Build-By-Numbers.

The Multibox is made from clear acrylic sheet. It has been designed in 3mm layers, the layers were then cut into parts and numbered in sequence so they would be easy to put together.

The front fascia is left as a single piece so as not to ruin the aesthetics, there is a solid central core onto which all the electronics attach and then finally there is a solid back-plate to protect the electronics at the rear. 

Sandwiched in is the LCD, Speakers, Boards and neatly tucked in there too are all the cables. The whole assembly is bolted together with 22 screws making it strong enough to not bend or fall apart. All of this is done without the need for any glue.

The stand is 9mm (1/3") thick and six rubber feet protect any desk surfaces underneath.

A selection of coloured fascias including birch plywood.
A selection of coloured fascias including birch plywood.

The Multibox | Powered by...

A Raspberry Pi.

The RPi needs no introduction. It has started a tidal wave of geekery and ignited a fire under computer learning. The Raspberry Pi is the most affordable board for the Multibox. Make a budget concious pledge of just £199 and you'll receive a Multibox with a Raspberry Pi Model B+ and an 8gb Micro SD Card.

The Multibox still supports the full range of Model A, Model B and the Model B+ Raspberry Pi Boards.

 Model B+

  • Broadcom BCM2835 (CPU + GPU. SDRAM is a separate chip stacked on top)
  • 700 MHz ARM11 ARM1176JZF-S core
  • Broadcom VideoCore IV,OpenGL ES 2.0,OpenVG 1080p30 H.264 high-profile encode/decode
  • 40 General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) pins, Serial Peripheral Interface Bus (SPI), I²C, I²S, I2C IDC Pins, Universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter (UART)
  • Integrated videocore 4 GPU capable of playing full 1080p high definition Blu-Ray quality video
  • Free, versatile, and highly developer friendly Debian GNU/Linux operating system
  • HDMI video output and RCA video output
  • Four USB ports
  • 4-pole 3.5mm stereo audio jack with composite video output
  • 5V micro USB power input jack
  • microSD, MMC, SDIO flash memory card slot

An Odroid.

 The Odroid is a series of single-board computers and tablet computers created by Hardkernel Co., Ltd., an open-source hardware company located in South Korea. The name ‘Odroid’ is a portmanteau of ‘open’ + ‘Android’.

U3

  • 1.7GHz Exynos4412 Prime Cortex-A9 Quad-core processor with PoP (Package on Package) 2Gbyte LPDDR2 880Mega Data Rate
  • MAX77686 Power Management IC from MAXIM
  • HSIC USB 2.0 HubUSB3503A Integrated USB 2.0-compatible hub / HSIC upstream port from SMSC/Microchip
  • LAN9730HSIC USB 2.0 to 10/100 Ethernet controller with HP Auto-MDIX from SMSC/Microchip
  • MAX98090 is a full-featured and high performance audio CODEC from MAXIM
  • NCP372 Over-voltage, Over-current, Reverse-voltage protection IC from OnSemi.
  • NCP380 Protection IC for USB power supply from OnSemi.
  • IP4791CZ12 HDMI transmitter interface protector with level shifter from NXP
  • Standard Micro-HDMI, supports up to 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • USB Host x 3, Device x 1, Ethernet RJ-45, Headphone Jack
  • GPIO, UART, I2C, SPI(Board Revision 0.5 or higher) 
  • Storage SlotMicro-SD slot, eMMC module connector
  • DC Input5V / 2A input, Plug specification is inner diameter 0.8mm and outer diameter 2.5mm

The HummingBoards.

With the industry’s best Price Power Performance Ratio (P3R), the HummingBoard offers 1 GHz per core, has a proven SoC and wide scalability. 

Its compatibility with standard ARMv7 CPU power, HardFP and neon Linux packages means it has the widest support for standard ARM binary software packages without the need to recompile them, and the absence of any moving parts makes it long-lasting. 

Built to comply with both commercial and industrial standards of embedding, the HummingBoard is composed of only the highest quality components.

 HummingBoard-i1

  • Single Core i.MX6 Solo
  • 512MB Memory | 32 bit, 512MB @ 800Mbps
  • GC880 GPU
  • OpenGL ES1.1,2.0
  • 10/100 Lan

 HummingBoard-i2

  • Dual Core i.MX6 Dual Lite
  • 1Gbyte Memory | 64 bit, 1GB @ 800Mbps
  • GC880 GPU
  • OpenGL ES1.1,2.0
  • 10/100 Lan
An E-Boy themed customised Multibox. Note the slots for spare MicroSD & standard SD Cards.
An E-Boy themed customised Multibox. Note the slots for spare MicroSD & standard SD Cards.
HummingBoard-i2eX

  • Dual Core i.MX6 Dual
  • 1Gbyte Memory | 64 bit, 1GB @ 1066Mbps
  • GC2000 GPU
  • OpenGL ES1.1,2.0 Quad Shader
  • mSATA II
  • PCI-Express Gen 2
  • 10/100/470 Lan
  • Analog Stereo out and MIC In

 HummingBoard-i4Pro

  • Quad core ARM A9 i.MX6 @ 1ghz
  • 2Gbyte Memory | 64 bit, DDR3 @ 1066Mbps
  • GC2000 GPU
  • OpenGL ES1.1,2.0 Quad Shader
  • mSATA II.
  • PCI-Express Gen 2.
  • Bluetooth 4.0.
  • Wi-Fi 802.1 b/g/n (BCM4330).
  • 10/100/470 Lan.
  • Analogue Stereo out and MIC In.
The back of the Multibox, protected by a clear back plate allowing access to GPIO pins, ports and featuring cooling vents.
The back of the Multibox, protected by a clear back plate allowing access to GPIO pins, ports and featuring cooling vents.

What do I need your pledges for?

Well like everything in life it all boils down to one thing; love. 

I love to design and build things and I adore sharing that what I make with the world.

To be able to share the Multibox at a price you'll find attractive I need to be able to buy in bulk. Your pledges will make high-volume purchases possible and in return I'll make sure you receive the best value rewards!

And as part of my pledge to you you'll be able to influence the direction of the design, make feature requests and provide suggestions for different development boards to be researched before the designs are finalised and the rewards begin to ship.


Minecraft Pi on the Multibox powered by the RPi Model B+
Minecraft Pi on the Multibox powered by the RPi Model B+

The Multibox |The Rewards.

[ £1 or more ] Receive all the news, information and updates about the Multibox PC throughout and beyond the Kickstarter Campaign.

[ £5 ] A copy of the Plans & Parts List will be made available to you to download before public release (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

[ £49 | £59 ]The Laser-Cut Parts - Over 100 high-quality laser-cut acrylic parts plus all the Microbarb brass inserts you'll need to get you started on building your Multibox PC. You'll receive a comprehensive list of parts so you can start collecting components to build a working Multibox PC!

[ £164 | £174 ] A Multibox Kit - Receive all the laser-cut parts, brass inserts, bolts, screws, cables, electronics and a PSU. Everything you'll need to build a Multibox PC. Just add your own development board to complete the kit.

[ £199 - £269 ] A Mutilbox Kit Plus - Choose to receive either a Raspberry Pi & 8gb Card, an Odroid U3 & 8gb Card, the HummingBoard-i1 & 8gb Card, the HummingBoard-i2 & 8gb Card, HummingBoard-i2eX & 16gb Card or the HummingBoard-i4Pro & 32gb Card along with a Multibox Kit.

[ £324 | £349 ] A Hand-Built Multibox - A fully built and customised Multibox PC powered by the Quad Core HummingBoard-i4Pro and  32Gb MicroSd Card.

£399 ] Multibox Bling - A lovingly crafted Multibox with a 24ct gilded fascia and stand panels. This exquisite machine will be strictly limited to only 5 examples. 

Running a MicroSlice V2.5 with a Multibox powered by the Odroid U3
Running a MicroSlice V2.5 with a Multibox powered by the Odroid U3

The Multibox | Chronology.

The Multibox | Stretch Goals.

[ £25,000 ] - We'll expand the range of card fascias to include simple patterns rather than just solid colours. This applies to all pledges of £49 or more.

[ £30,000 ] - We'll add a set of Allen-Key spanners (wrenches) to help you build your Multibox to each pledge of £164 or more and give you a choice of either black or silver screws.

[ £35,000 ] - Solid colours! Choose from a range of colours in addition to the clear acrylic for the Multibox laser-cut parts. This is for all pledges of £49 or more.
 
Netflix on a Multibox running Android powered by the HummingBoard-i4Pro.
Netflix on a Multibox running Android powered by the HummingBoard-i4Pro.

Risks and challenges

Every effort has been made to ensure that the project will run according to plan. However there can be unforeseen complications that can mean delays to the delivery dates.

There will be regular updates keeping you informed of the projects progress making sure there are no unexpected surprises or delays if the project should run into complications.

I have done this before and I have a better understanding of the manufacturing processes, delivery schedules and communications required to complete a successful project.

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