1080Pi the first FULL HD LCD add on for Raspberry Pi
1080Pi the first FULL HD LCD add on for Raspberry Pi
A truly awesome Full HD 10 inch LCD touchscreen add-on for your Raspberry Pi, featuring colorful cases and multitude of extra features.
A truly awesome Full HD 10 inch LCD touchscreen add-on for your Raspberry Pi, featuring colorful cases and multitude of extra features. Read more
1080Pi represents Piotr's vision which materialized in the late 2013 after seeing the quality of the LCD of on of the best tablets at the time.
During a particularly boring and long flight I had a chance to use a top of the range 10 inch tablet of one of the leading brands. It's full HD screen was so much better than small screens available for Raspberry Pi and other single board computers that I was used to.
I thought it would be fantastic to have such a great LCD with a touch screen for Raspberry Pi. After all Raspberry Pi is capable of displaying 24-bit colour with resolutions of up to 1920x1200 pixels. Why not use all of them?
Such add-on was not available for Raspberry Pi so I decided to design and build one myself. The idea of 1080Pi was borne.
We are now proud to present a product carefully designed to be easy to use, functional and most importantly one that gives you an incredible image quality.
No matter what you plan to use your LCD touch screen for you want your experience with it to be hassle free. You don't want long cables, multiple power adapters or long hours spend trying to configure your touch panel.
We developed the 1080Pi to give you just that a fantastic image quality and absolutely hassle free experience.
What is 1080Pi
1080Pi is an add-on for the Raspberry Pi. It is the world's only FULL HD 10 inch screen add-on. Built around an excellent, ultra thin, light and energy efficient LCD touch screen featuring a WUXGA IPS panel and a responsive capacitive multi point touch screen. In Plane Switching (IPS) technology means that the viewing angles are second to none and the colour rendering is superb.
We decided to use an In Plane Switching (IPS) LCD instead of a much cheaper Twisted Nematic (TN) one. This is the technology used in top of the range LCD panel used by graphic designers and photographers.
Key advantages of IPS technology are:
- wide viewing angles
- consistent and accurate colour rendition
- stable response time
- clear and sharp image
Why is it called 1080Pi?
The name 1080Pi is a combination of 1080p and Pi. While it is fairly clear that the latter refers to the Raspberry Pi, it is not immediately obvious what 1080p actually has to do with this add-on? 1080p is one of the standards of HD TV and indicates that the resolution is 1080 by 1920 pixels. This is exactly what our mighty 10 inch screen is capable of - with it's WUXGA panel it is fully capable of displaying in 1080p format without resizing.
What are the other features of 1080Pi?
We have included the following features
- I2C GPIO expander giving you 16 extra GPIOs
- 4 of these extra GPIOs are open drain ones with high current sinking capabilities (3A)
- mirrored Raspberry Pi main connector (gpios, power etc) so you can connect additional add-ons
- fully compatible with A, B, B+ Raspberry Pi
- ID EEPROM chip for B+ add-on identification
What about the case?
The case was custom designed to protect the LCD and provide mechanical support for the 1080Pi PCB.
Currently it consists of 4 different laser cut acrylic parts.
It is manufactured in the UK.
The case allows the back light from the LCD to leak through the translucent parts creating colourful ambience around the screen.
We have already tested 3 bright colours: orange, blue/purple and pink.
Our journey so far..
Nov-Dec 2013 - Piotr's idea of a Full HD screen for Raspberry Pi, concept work, requirements capture
Jan-June 2014 - long hours spent trying to find the right LCD for an unbeatable price. Playing with some early development boards and first prototypes
June-Sep 2014 - extremely busy time for us. The project kicked off at a full speed. During this time we designed the 1080Pi board and case, built several prototypes and tested the entire product.
Sep 2014 - Kickstarter launch date
1080Pi Production Plan
- September 2014 - prototype testing, refinement of mechanical design
- October 2014 - before Kickstarter completes - implementation of design changes to the touch panel, ordering tools etc.
- October 2014 - after Kickstarter completes - overall DFM analysis, updating PCB/CAD designs, verifying supply chains
- November 2014 - ordering pre-production units, compliance testing and certification, final touches to the mechanics
- December 2014 - production starts, ordering LCDs
- January 2015 - all elements arrive, shipping commences
Why we need your support
We've worked really hard to get 1080Pi to it's current stage. Many hours of design and considerable engineering effort has gone into making it a fantastic LCD touch screen add-on. We got to a point where we have a fully working prototypes (in fact a few of them) and we are ready to take it to production.
To keep the cost Raspberry-Pi-style low we need to order at least 1000 LCDs, cases and PCBs. By contributing to our project you are helping us kick-start 1080Pi and get this unique product to market.
We will use your contribution to:
- take 1080Pi through compliance testing
- invest in mechanical tooling and pay for NREs
- add some final touches to the design
- build first production batch of 1080Pi
Risks and challenges
We have a fully working protototype. Both electronics and mechanics have been tested and proven to work.
What we still need to do is take 1080Pi through compliance testing (CE/FCC and other). This is a standard process that pretty much all the consumer electronics products have to go through. Having already done pre-compliance testing and implemented necessery changes we expect 1080Pi to pass first time.
The risk and challenges at that point will be mainly around getting the board manufactured. We have teamed up with a fantastic UK based contract manufacturing company. They are ready to hit the production button for 1080Pi board. They will also handle all the logistics of getting all the components in time. Knowing they have years of experience in delivering electronics projects we are confident there won't be any significant delays in delivering 1080Pi boards.
The custom case has been designed by us and will be manufactured in the UK. We need to implement a few rather minor changes to the design to make it easier for mass production and therefore cheaper.
No tooling is required here and any changes in design can be transferred to production almost instantly.
The LCD with the touch screen is sourced from China. It is a new design and will be in manufacturing for at least 2 more years.
Similarly we have to make a few minor cosmetic changes to the touch panel to make it easier to assemble it with our custom 1080Pi case. There is a small risk this may cause additional delay in the delivery of complete LCD/touch screen assemblies. To mitigate it we will start the process as soon as we know the project is funded.
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