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The perfect Raspberry Pi case for your living room!

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The Pi SAFE is a 100% crowd funded project. See below for details!

***See below for details on compatibility of micro sd card adapter

Pi SAFE: 

The Pi SAFE was designed for your TV stand! With low consumption of power and small size, the Raspberry Pi is a perfect device to run your XBMC media center in your living room.

When the Raspberry Pi sits on your TV stand, without the Pi SAFE, the Raspberry Pi looks cluttered and bare. Even with current available cases in the market, cords are scattered in all directions.The Pi SAFE uses an HDMI adapter so that all necessary cords are coming out of the case in the same direction, through the back, like other TV set-top boxes.

ORGANIZATION:

The Pi SAFE organizes your necessary Raspberry Pi cords, 1. the power cord and 2. the HDMI cord, to face the back direction! These two cords are the only cords needed to run your XBMC media center when using a USB Wifi adapter.

The Raspberry Pi RJ-45 Ethernet port is unnecessary when using a USB Wifi adapter with XBMC. However, if the customer prefers to use the Ethernet port, the case has a grove on the side so that the user can cut the wall of the Pi SAFE to reveal the Ethernet port!

GROOVE FOR ETHERNET PORT SHOWN BELOW

HDMI ADAPTER:

The Pi SAFE will ship with a male to female HDMI right angle 90 degree port saver adapter so that your HDMI jack is facing the same direction as your power connector! (This adapter will NOT interfere with video or audio quality.)

Specification of the HDMI adapter (***Subject to change):

  • Current Rating: DC 1A
  • Withstanding Voltage: DC 300V, 10ms
  • Insulation Resistance: 10Mohm
  • Conductive Resistance: 2 Ohm
  • Insulator Material: High-Temperature thermoplastic (UL94V-0)
  • Contact: Copper Alloy

AUDIO AND VIDEO JACKS:

If the customer is using the audio and video jacks, rather than HDMI, there are two groves in the case for the user to cut out the wall to reveal the two jacks.

GROOVE TO SHOW AUDIO AND VIDEO JACKS BELOW

MICRO SD CARD ADAPTER:

The Pi SAFE was designed to accept all Micro SD adapters on the market, for the Raspberry Pi!

OVERHEATING ANALYSIS:

The Raspberry Pi has been on 24/7, while in the Pi SAFE, and has not experience any change in performance.

EXPERIENCE:

*Watching 1080p videos

*Overclocking the Raspberry Pi

COST AND WHERE YOUR MONEY IS GOING:

Besides the first 100 units, the Kickstarter's price of the Pi SAFE is $25 plus shipping. Once the Pi SAFE is successfully funded and products are sent to Kickstarter customers, the price will be raised after the Kickstarter project is complete (available for purchase on the future website)! So get your Pi SAFE before the Kickstarter project ends to save money and to bring the project closer to success!

The Pi SAFE is a 100% crowd funded project. The $30,000 will cover the following:

*Tooling for the two Pi SAFE plastic parts: top housing and bottom housing

*Raw polycarbonate material (plastic) for the injection molding

*Cost of the HDMI right angle 90 degree adapter

*Cost of hardware (3 self-tightening screws)

*Foot bumpers

*Cost of shipping to individuals

MANUFACTURING:

The two plastic parts, the Pi SAFE top housing and bottom housing, will be manufactured at Protomold. Website: http://www.protomold.com/

***DON'T LET THE NAME CONFUSE YOU, YOUR PRODUCT WILL NOT BE A PRINTED PROTOTYPE! YOUR PRODUCT WILL BE INJECTION MOLDED.

SHIPPING (AND WHAT IS INCLUDED):

Once the Kickstarter project is successfully funded, it will take around 2 months to finalize the design, build the plastic tooling, manufacture the 2 plastic housing parts, receive first samples for approval, receive production parts, receive the HDMI adapters, and assemble for shipment to customers.

INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE SHIPPED ONCE PROJECT IS FUNDED:

1 x Top housing

1 x Bottom housing

1 x HDMI right angle 90 degree adapter

4 x Self-threading screws for assembly (1 extra included)

(This package will not be shipped with decorative packaging, it will be shipped in protective packaging only. ***If the project receives more than $40000, there will be an update to packaging.)

WEBSITE:

The Pi SAFE will currently be displayed on Kickstarter and Facebook at http://facebook.com/THE.Pi.SAF! Once the Kickstarter project is successfully funded, a website will be created for sales of the Pi SAFE.

PACKAGING AFTER THE SUCCESS OF THE PROJECT:

Once the Pi SAFE is successfully funded, future sales of the Pi SAFE will be available through the Pi SAFE website. With the higher price tag, the product will also include packaging (most likely a trapped blister package).

 DEVELOPING THE Pi SAFE:

THE STORY BEHIND Pi SAFE

I received my first Raspberry Pi a year ago! I purchased 5 of these little computers for Christmas presents to my immediate family! I had already been using XBMC media center for a year at that point and wanted my family to enjoy the same amazing experience as I had! After researching different options, to run XBMC, I found the inexpensive Raspberry Pi! I soon found out the limited amount of cases available in the market. So I decided to use my laser cutter at work to make a case that would keep my gifts safe! Once my family opened their gifts and started using them, I had complaints that the device looking unorganized and cluttered. Once again, I looked on the market and found nothing.

At this point, I started modeling ideas for a Raspberry Pi case. After looking on the market, I realized that every case available was just used to protect the case but not to organize the cords. The first concept I had for a case is shown in the image below. The user would need to serpentine the cords, for the Raspberry Pi, through the case to go out the back. I wanted to make the case useful for all cords available to the Raspberry Pi.

The next revision of the case:

 Here is the left and right housing of the assembly above:

 After this, I decided the case was too large! So I began brainstorming again. One day I realized that the majority of people using this as a media center would only use HDMI. So I eliminated both the video and audio jack extension areas. I also wanted and made the case look more like a media TV set-top box! As you can see in the image below, there is a wire hanging out the left side of the case! This was an HDMI male to female extension cable. My last name is Zagone and I wanted to implement my name into the device name somehow, so I called the case Zberry!

 I realized I needed a logo and I could not use the Raspberry Pi logo, so I designed the logo below in SolidWorks!

 I added the logo to the case!

 At this point, I wanted to make the case more square than rectangular! I found the 90 degree HDMI male to female adapter, specified above, and remodeled the case! This allowed me to make the case smaller!

 With this HDMI adapter:

The final product: (My co-worker, Kevin Fletcher, came up with the name Pi SAFE. No one liked Zberry!):

 and printed out a prototype!

 FUTURE DESIGN ITERATION BEFORE PRODUCTION :

Currently the Pi SAFE has three posts for hardware assembly. I will be adding a fourth post to make the Pi SAFE assembly more sturdy! Everything else on the Pi SAFE turned out perfect. NOTE: grown parts are usually a little bit smaller than the design. This is why it bulges lengthwise in the prototype. I will be add many inspection dimensions, with tolerance in the drawing, to guarantee that there will be plenty of room in the case.

Risks and challenges

Risks and Challenges:

The Pi SAFE has a few risks and challenges: time and quality of parts!

In terms of quality, I address this risk by receiving initial samples from the finished tooling, for the plastic parts, before production begins for final parts. As for the HDMI adapters, I will randomly select a group of adapters to test for quality control once received.

Time will be dictated by quality of parts.

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    1 BLACK Pi SAFE and 1 Male To Female HDMI 90 degree Right Angle adapter! For the first 100 backers inside or outside the United States! ($20 + $4 for shipping anywhere in the world!) 4x self-threading screws and bumpers will also be included!

    ***Raspberry Pi NOT included***

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    1 BLACK Pi SAFE and 1 Male To Female HDMI 90 degree Right Angle adapter! Shipping inside the United States! ($24 + $3 for shipping anywhere in the United States!) 4x self-threading screws and bumpers will also be included!

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    1 BLACK Pi SAFE and 1 Male To Female HDMI 90 degree Right Angle adapter! Shipping anywhere in the world! ($24 + $4 for shipping anywhere in the United States!) 4x self-threading screws and bumpers will also be included!

    ***Raspberry Pi NOT included***

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