PiCE+, a metal outdoor case for the Raspberry Pi B+ & Camera
Last year we Kickstarted PiCE, Raspberry Pi's favourite outdoor case. This year we want to bring you the PiCE+ for the Pi Model B+
PiCE last year was great, we loved designing it, talking to all our backers, building it and shipping it. This year with the Model B+ being released which such a large change to the PCB layout we've decided to come back to Kickstarter to help us create a top of the line metal case you guys can use.
PiCE+ will incorporate all the best features of PiCE and everything we've learned while making it. Every PiCE+ will come in a range of colours you'll be able to choose from, powder coated for its hard wearing properties
The PiCE+ will look just like the existing PiCE on the outside, the rear will provide access to the 4x USBs, Ethernet and Power. The Side panels will provide access to the extended GPIO on one side and HDMI, Audio on the other. With the all important camera panel on the front, which will be able to take a wide-angel lens. PiCE+ will also have the 1/4" USB mount on the bottom, so you can tripod or wall mount it. You'll also be able to screw the Pi to PiCE+ with 4x M2.5 screws.
Like the original PiCE, PICE+ will come in a number of configurations; Outdoor which will use a Gaiter to protect the Ethernet, Power and USBs. It will also come in Indoor and Desktop versions.
Like the PiCE, PiCE+ uses high-pressure die-casting to make the case and tooling for die-castings and mouldings costs tens of thousands and as the Raspberry Pi B+ is so different from the model A and B we can't re-use the current tool and have to engineer a new one.
As we're a small family business this kind of money is out of our reach and we need Kickstarter and you guys to help us bring this case to life.
Fits the Raspberry Pi B+
The biggest innovation for this case is being one of the first to support the Raspberry Pi Model B+. it's definitely the first case that can be used outside and the first metal model B+ case.
You will be able to use PiCE+ in the rain!
The main difference between PiCE+, PiCE and other cases is that PiCE can be used outside in wind, rain or sun. We've had one running outside since Christmas and it's never had a problem, except for filling the SD card with images.
If you're using it outside permanently or for long periods of time, we do recommend using the weather shield as this provides extra protection for the camera, side panels and gaiter.
PiCE+ is a tough, corrosion resistant, metal, Raspberry Pi super case
Like the original PiCE, PiCE+ will be made from die-cast Zinc which is strong, tough and performs well under high impacts making the PiCE+ one of the strongest cases on the market.
Light pipes allow you to see what's happening on your Raspberry Pi
Being able to see the status of your equipment is important. The PiCE+ will have two light pipes, one to show you when the power is on and the second on the camera panel to show when the camera is in use (this one can be software controlled).
PiCE+ cools your Raspberry Pi so it can keep going!
When you're recording video, over clocking or playing games, the Pi can cause itself heat damage, especially when it's in a thermally insulated case!
However, in order to reduce this risk PiCE+ features the same innovative method of cooling as the PICE called CSR (Conductive Stress Reducing) passive cooling. PiCE dissipates this heat through two columns in the case and then to the environment so you can carry on playing with the Pi.
Want to expand your Raspberry Pi's functionality?
Like before PiCE+ will be able to fit a daughter board which can connect to all 40 GPIO Pins.
You'll also be able to remove the side panels and access the GPIO via a cable as well as the HDMI and 3.5mm Audio Jack.
The Weather Shield is designed for people who want to use the PiCE outside for pro-longed periods of time. It's perfect for those of you who live in either extremely hot climates or extremely wet climates.
The PiCE+ VESA mount is designed so you can securely mount the PiCE+ on the back of a monitor, TV, Wall, Desk or anywhere you can think of. It comes with 4x M4 Screws for securing to a TV or monitor and 4x M3 screws for securing to the PiCE+.
- £35,000 If we reach this stretch goal, we'll create a UNC wall mount bracket for the PiCE and PiCE+. We already have the initial design and like the PiCE+, this will be made from Zinc with X, Y and Z adjustment, and of course, you'll all get one.
As soon as we've reached our goal, we'll start the manufacturing.
Risks and challenges
We've done this before now, so know what to expect. We've tweaked the side, camera and blank panel designs which fix a blistering issue we had during the powder coating process at the start of PiCE and which caused scrap and major delays in sending products out.
We also won't be shipping the Zinc finish, we didn't really like the finish, customers didn't like the finish and every now and again people we experiencing earthing issues so, no Zinc.
We have a great team of tool makers who already know about the project and a die-caster who's waiting and has capacity for our case. We're developed a great relationship with these guys and we're all looking forward to bringing the case to market.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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