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All the hardware needed to add a 3.5" TFT (480x320) with touchscreen control to your Raspberry Pi, never need a monitor again!
All the hardware needed to add a 3.5" TFT (480x320) with touchscreen control to your Raspberry Pi, never need a monitor again!
All the hardware needed to add a 3.5" TFT (480x320) with touchscreen control to your Raspberry Pi, never need a monitor again!
1,000 backers pledged AU$ 82,664 to help bring this project to life.

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PiScreen: A 3.5" TFT with touchscreen for the Raspberry Pi

AU$ 82,664

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Purchases After Kickstarter

We will make PiScreen available for back order on www.tindie.com.

If you are to purchase from tindie.com, your order will be placed on back order and your credit card will not be charged. You will be notified when PiScreen will be available which is near the end of may.

Assembled PiScreen; https://www.tindie.com/

Kit PiScreen; https://www.tindie.com/

It is our priority to fulfill our Kickstarter backers before we do anything thing else.

Instructions and Support

All instructions and support for PiScreen can be found at;

www.OzzMaker.com.

PiScreen is designed to give everyone the opportunity of adding a small 3.5" TFT (480x320) display  with touchscreen control to their Raspberry Pi.

PiScreen - Front
PiScreen - Front
PiScreen - Side
PiScreen - Side

PiScreen includes a 3.5" TFT with touchscreen control, PCB and components needed to add this display to a Raspberry Pi.

PiScreen - Kit - 2nd Reward, requires some assembling
PiScreen - Kit - 2nd Reward, requires some assembling

Once assembled (or you can receive one pre-assembled), PiScreen connects right on top of the Raspberry Pi GPIO pins or via a ribbon cable. 9 GPIO pins are unused and made available elsewhere on


We have done research on a number of different LCD panels and the two manufactures we have selected are the best quality we have seen so far.
Specifications of the these panels are;

Touch Screen Resistive

Display construction 480 * 320 DOTS

LCD Controller ILI9481

Touch Screen Controller XPT2046

Display Color Multicolor, 65536 colors

### UPDATE 19th March###

All rewards from $55 and above will now receive a stylus with their reward, hopefully we can include a spare as well. We have yet to find the exact model, but we do know what we need. Small and slim with a hard point. Similar to what is used for the Nintendo 3ds or the model used for the old Palm Pilot. A stylus isn’t really needed, but it can help with some of the small buttons on the screen within X. And sometimes it is easier to draw with a stylus rather than your finger.

Stretch Goals

$22,000 - Surface-Mount Technology (SMT) for the pre-assembled PiScreens.

(PiScreens that come as a kit will stay as they are, through hole). SMT will allow for a smarter looking product and allow for better airflow and it will assist with the manfacture process for the PCB.

$25,000 - PiScreen Case A laser cut case designed for PiScreen + Raspberry Pi. At this stage we are not sure how a case would affect postage or if a pledge increase is required. E.g $5. More details as we get closer to the goal


There are a large number of different TFT models available.
All come in different sizes and different controllers. Some require extra components and others do not. If this is all new to you, there is a very steep learning curve with getting these up and running.

For some of use, this can be a bit overwhelming. The aim of this Kickstarter is to remove of this complexity and make a small touchscreen available to all.

PiScreen is also very handy for users that run their Raspberry Pi headless (No monitor). You can easily shutdown the power without having to log in.

History

We have done some extensive work with different types of displays on the Raspberry PI and I also assist others, a lot of it can bee seen here www.marks-space.com.

There are others out there also helping, Notro and Texy  ( www.raspberrypi.org).   And thanks to Notro for his work on FBTFT, where he has made drivers available for multiple TFT screens.

A number of prototypes were created before we came up with the final product.

Why Kickstarter?

In order to get PiScreen in the hands of Raspberry Pi users at a reasonable price, 100+ boards need to be produced.

First Prototype

First Prototype
First Prototype

 The above image shows the very first prototype.  Using a breadboard was not a good idea as the breadboard generated a lot of noise and wires would always become loose

Second Prototype

Top of Second  Prototype
Top of Second Prototype
Back of prototype 3
Back of prototype 3
Front of prototype 3
Front of prototype 3
PCB Prototype
PCB Prototype

We will also have some tutorials on what can be done with PiScreen, most will be outside of the box and what you normally wouldn't use a LCD for, some of these are already available at www.marks-space.com

E.g

  • Virtual buttons to control the GPIO of the Pi
  • Kiosk style windows system
  • How to use a more streamlined windows manager designed for embedded devices
  • Write you own programs
  • PiScreen and Raspberry Pi Camera module
  • Use PiScreen for MAME.

Here is the current version of the PCB, which will be black with white printing.

PiScreen PCB
PiScreen PCB
Schema
Schema

Time-Line

16th Mach;

  • Launch Kickstarter Campaign

16th April:

  • End Kickstarter campaign
  • Procure a small batch of PCBs (10) to confirm quality and functionality.
    We will use current supplier whom is based in Hong Kong and which we have already had good experience with, this includes quality and turn around.
  • Procure a small batch of TFTs and components to confirm quality and functionality.

30th April;

  • Assemble the first batch of PiScreens and perform necessary testing.

7th May;

  • Procure final hardware

30th May:

  • Package PiScreen kits.
  • Assemble the required amount of PiScreen
  • Fulfillment to backers
PiScreen and Camera Module
PiScreen and Camera Module

Instructions and Support

All instructions and support for PiScreen can be found at www.OzzMaker.com.

Risks and challenges

For this project, we think the risk we have is with the sourcing the displays, which are sourced from Hong Kong. To mitigate this risk, we have prototyped two displays from different vendors.

There is also the risk of delivery delays due to hardware manufacture delays. I have mitigated this by including some padding in the delivery dates. I have also sourced components from multiple suppliers within our local city

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    Pledge AU$ 3 or more About $3

    Thank you for your support!
    You will receive project updates. We will also add your name and website to the thank you page at www.marks-space.com, you will also receive a warm fuzzy feeling inside for backing a great project.

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    Pledge AU$ 55 or more About $49

    The full PiScreen kit.
    All the hardware and instructions required to get PiScreen up and running on your Raspberry PI.
    Some assembly and soldering required.

    (This kit includes, 3.5" LCD with touch control, 4 x capacitors, 4 x ICs, 1 x PCB board, 1 x switch and some headers)

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    Pledge AU$ 65 or more About $58

    The fully assembled PiScreen.
    All the hardware ready to go. No assembly or soldering required.

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    Pledge AU$ 85 or more About $76

    The fully assembled PiScreen and 4GB SD card preloaded with Raspbian and LCD drivers.
    All the hardware and software ready to go. Just connect to your Raspberry Pi and Enjoy!

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Funding period

- (30 days)