PiCaseReOpened is a flexible, stylish and neat case for the Raspberry Pi and its official 7-inch display (or other computer displays)
PiCaseReOpened is a flexible, stylish and neat case for the Raspberry Pi and its official 7-inch display (or other computer displays) Read more
We are pulling the plug for this Kickstarter campaign now. However, this does not in any way mean the end of it, please follow us here or on http://picasereopened.com/
Thank you for all your support!
What is it?
PiCaseReOpened is a flexible, stylish and neat case for the Raspberry Pi and its official 7-inch display (or other computer board/display combinations.)
We created the case with one goal in mind: to marry good design and DIY technology together for ALL imaginable use cases and different lifestyles.
The look and colors
Designed in Scandinavia, the case has a retro look that blends in with other interior items and is made to satisfy both makers and aesthetes.
Initially (and covered by the funding goal) there will be two colors available. The front panel and the foot will be available in black.
Additional colors will be added as stretch goals. The aim is to have a wide selection of colors, and involve our community for seasonal color selections.
There are a few rendered color samples here
Flexible. Main target is the official 7 inch RaspberryPi display, but other displays as well as computer boards can also be mounted.
Extra space. There is extra space for accessories inside the box, such as USB dongles or IO boards.
Easy opening and closing. We still have real makers in mind, therefore the back cover is held by magnets instead of screws.
Cables are hidden. Connection cables are kept inside the box and are nicely routed together through the bottom or optionally all the way into the foot.
- Different color options. Colors of front, back cover and foot can be varied.
Hidden connectors and grouped cables:
Easy opening and closing:
Adjustable in 3 axes:
Magnetic ball joint to the foot makes the body angle adjustable in three axis, and the height adjustable.
So, what do you fill the PiCaseReOpened with? The short answer is: anything YOU could possibly imagine. We have been careful not to create a case for Raspberry Pi specifically, but rather to be a flexible case for a number of different computer boards and displays.
Here are some of the use cases that we could think of. Can you add to this list? We would love to hear from you.
- Media stations http://bit.ly/1h3ZAA7
- Music players
- Kids use cases http://bit.ly/1Qaqyvk
- Weather stations http://bit.ly/1Xl9xyb
- Clocks/AlarmPi’s http://bit.ly/20NSBWg and http://bit.ly/1Xl9EJT
- Photo frames http://bit.ly/19DDXYa
- Surveillance stations Smart-home http://bit.ly/20XpXPe
- News boards
- “Kitchen computers”
The kit includes the following:
- Magnetic joint
- Screen mounting metal sheets
Our prototypes are finished! #yay
We need YOUR help to proceed with the steps ahead:
- Some more testing that the whole assembly fits with different components in it and making any final adjustments in the CAD drawings for component alignment
- Adapting the metal sheet CAD drawings for punching and folding
- Adapting the body CAD for injections molds
- Making the punch tools for the metal parts
- Making the injection molds Sourcing the plastic production
- Sourcing the metal parts production
- Setting up logistics for delivery
- Setting up a shopping site with preview, and a forum to share use case ideas for our community
- Plan for the future! We have a long line of design ideas for enclosures and other concepts, for Raspberries as well as other boards, with or without display. If this becomes successful, we will follow up with new ideas.
What’s up with the name?
Many home appliances and mobile devices are locked down and completely covered when you buy them off the shelf (iPads, laptops etc.) It's hard for children, as well as many grown-ups, to understand how things really work when the inside is hidden. We wanted to design a case that was made for "reopening,” encouraging the exploring mind.
We also had the makers community in mind, as many Raspberry Pi cases are very hard to open once they are closed.
We are a passionate team with long experience in product development, mechanics, electronics and industrial design. We have experience in designing products for industrial and automotive use as well as domestic and educational products. Let’s put it like this: this is not our first hardware project!
In addition, we are passionate makers who love to build funny toys - ranging from more ordinary robotics and drones to more esoteric projects such as RFID based trophy hunting and interactive talking bird nests.
We truly believe that just because you are a maker does not mean that you have to totally give up on aesthetics.
Read about us in the press (Swedish)
We want to thank our friends at the makerspace in Malmö, Sweden: http://stpln.se/. We also want to thank you for considering to be a part of this project and believing in the future of aesthetics in the makers community.
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Risks and challenges
- Dealing with mechanics and tooling involves a risk of delays, because of lack of parts, third parties not keeping schedules, or unexpected extra design iterations. We try to minimize those risks by avoiding unnecessary complexity, doing extra design reviews, and making sure we have second sources for all necessary parts.
- The case is designed to be flexible, and to house different displays and computer boards. The main target is however the official 7 inch Raspberry Pi module (https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/the-eagerly-awaited-raspberry-pi-display/). As we do not have any insight in the life cycle of that product and what the future may hold, there is always a risk new products that do not fit into the case.
- Market estimation is always an issue in production. Underestimating the volume means production has to be scaled up, which takes time, overestimating it means we will sit on a costly stock. More colors and flavors of the product means more sensitivity to mis-estimations. We will use manufacturers, part suppliers and fulfilment providers we know by experience that they are flexible concerning volume changes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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