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What is the Pi Vessel?

The Pi Vessel is an affordable minicomputer for the whole family that provides its users with sufficient processing capabilities for personal computing and entertainment, but costing a fraction of other devices with similar functionality. It’s a PC that lets its users enjoy the advantages of the Raspberry Pi without the hassle of finding the complex components, downloading software, choosing the appropriate case and putting together the PC with the Raspberry Pi inside. It’s a simple and affordable solution for households that are looking for a media player to play movies in a full HD quality or PC for personal computing, gaming and entertainment. Pi Vessel is an excellent first PC for kids who want to learn coding or for general educational purposes.

By selecting the most efficient and proven components and assembling them with the Raspberry Pi board in a stylish aluminium case that will enhance any interior design, we removed the majority of difficulties associated with using the Raspberry Pi. The result is a simple, affordable and kid proof mini PC for the whole family.

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Why the Pi Vessel

The uniqueness of the Pi Vessel minicomputer lies in its combination of multifunctionality, affordable price and ultra-strong, stylish case.

Multifunctionality


The Pi Vessel is a minicomputer for the whole family that lets you work with text, presentations and spreadsheets, as well as play games, videos and audio recordings.

The computer can also be used as part of a home theater, storing and playing films in full HD quality. In addition, the Pi Vessel can work as a control and information processing unit in a Smart Home system.

In the office, the Pi Vessel can be used for streaming presentations via a projector, as a useful and inexpensive alternative to bulky PCs or expensive laptops.

Ultra-strong and stylish case

When developing the case for the Pi Vessel, the goal was to create a stylish and durable case that would effectively be a lifetime purchase. The result is a compact, stylish and ultra-strong aluminum case that can easily withstand not just a hammer blow, but also a weight of a car.

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Components

Standard Pi Vessel components:

  • Stylish ultra-strong aluminium case;
  • Raspberry Pi board (in two modifications: B and B+);
  • 8 GB memory card;
  • Built-in power supply (2A, 5V);
  • Power cord for country;
  • Operating system Raspbian (Linux) with open-source preinstalled programs
  • VESA mount (75x75, 100x100)
  • Wi-Fi module (option).

Prices

The original idea behind the Pi Vessel was to create a computer that would provide its users with sufficient processing capabilities for work and play, but costing a fraction of other similar devices. The Pi Vessel is one of the most affordable computers on the global market.

Case

The Pi Vessel logo is elegantly stamped on the top cover of the aluminum case.

The stylish aluminium case is produced from anodized solid metal plate. 

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We created the case that can easily withstand not just a hammer blow, but the weight of a car. We tested this by first smashing the case with a hammer and then driving a car over it. The result is the perfectly functional Pi Vessel with no signs of malfuntions. The case is effectively a lifetime purchase.

Stretch goals

Tech Specs

History and Plan

Manufacturing

To ensure the highest possible quality of manufacturing we located our production plant in Germany, where the Pi Vessel is manufactured and stored. The minicomputer is then shipped to any location worldwide.

Team

Risks and challenges

Quality Control
Before launching the project on Kickstarter we subjected the hardware of the Pi Vessel to multiple tests to reduce the risk of malfunctions and defects. By prototyping we managed to develop strict production guidelines to ensure the appropriate quality of the PC and mitigate the risk of defects. However, the risk of malfunction and defects remains an internal issue that may arise. To ensure that our customers will not receive the Pi Vessel or any of its components with defects we developed a testing lab where all of the Pi Vessels will be subjected to quality tests before shipment.

Timely Delivery
To ensure the timely delivery of the Pi Vessel we set aside sufficient production capacity based on our sales forecasts. Given the innovative nature of the product and possible unexpected surges of demand we anticipated possible stock shortages and as a result delivery delays. To mitigate this risk we reached an agreement with our production facility to have an option of guaranteeing additional production capacity in case the factual sales will be above our forecasts.

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    As part of our gratitude for your support we will keep you informed of all the latest news and updates about the development of the Pi Vessel project. Your support is very valued.

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    You will receive a T-Shirt with original Pi Vessel logo and lots of warm words and wishes addressed to you.

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    The first 100 backers in this category will receive our stylish and ultra-strong aluminium Pi Vessel case with built-in power supply. It is strong enough to withstand not only a hammer blow, but also a weight of a car. It is effectively a lifetime purchase. Raspberry Pi board is not included.

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    Our cool aluminium Pi Vessel case with built-in power supply will go to all the backers in this category. We are proud of our stylish and ultra-strong case that is able to withstand even the weight of a car. It is effectively a lifetime purchase. Raspberry Pi board is not included.

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    Be the first to own the coolest minicomputer in the world for below the retail price. The offer is limited to the first 100 backers. We will deliver you the PC in any of the two modifications (with Raspberry Pi board B or B+).

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    Your original Pi Vessel (in B or B+ modifications) will be delivered to you from the first production cycle for below the retail price as soon as we hit our target and launch the production. So stay ready for your new supercool mini PC.

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    For our first 100 backers in this category we will include a Wi-Fii module into the package with the Pi Vessel minicomputer. Together with a Wi-Fi module the Pi Vessel can now connect wirelessly to any accessible internet connection in range.

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    Our backers in this category can now enjoy the Pi Vessel minicomputer in combination with a Wi-Fi module. The use of the mini PC is now more comfortable and wireless.

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    In case you want both black and white Pi Vessel cases at once for below the retail price, this category is for you. Two original aluminium Pi Vessel cases (one in black and the other one in white colors) will be shipped to our backers in this category.

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    You can customize your Pi Vessel by adding your personal logo or image on the top cover of the Pi Vessel case. We will gladly produce the customized cover, assemble it with the Pi Vessel components and ship it to your location worldwide. The offer includes the Pi Vessel minicomputer and a Wi-Fi module.

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    For those who think one Pi Vessel is not enough we prepared a reward of two Pi Vessels (one in black and the other one in white colors). Both mini PCs are equipped with the Raspberry Pi board, built-in power supply and the original Pi Vessel case.

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    For our backers in this category we will provide two Pi Vessels (one in black and the other one in white colors) equipped with the Wi-Fi modules. You are good to go for work and play while being connected to the Internet.

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