New reward ! ScorPi, a flexible arm for the Raspberry Pi Camera board
We did it ! So a big thanks to all of you, the walls of our studio studio are vibrating harder, better, faster, stronger every day, we are now working on the production process, organizing all stages of manufacturing, but there is something else...
In order to shake things up, we are proudly and officially presenting to you our new product: the ScorPi, a flexible arm for the Raspberry Pi Camera Board. It holds the camera steady in any direction you choose. It is easy, intuitive and extremely handy.
The arm is made of a 20cm long flexible tube (gooseneck). It plugs solidly to the RCA port and is mounted on the board with a single screw. We added a slot in the Sweetbox in order to slide the cable of the camera and plug it on the CSI port. It is so thin that no cap is needed.
The connecting components are custom designed by Graspinghand and will be CNC machined especially for this product in collaboration with a small, local workshop. We came up with this solution as none of the pre-fabricated parts available in the market completely met our standards.
Its price for Kickstarter is only £8.
Last but not least, the ScorPi is designed to work with any or no case at all because we intended it as a gift for all those pi fanatics that have eagerly been expecting the camera board over the last months. That is why you can also have it in a reward separately from the Sweetbox.
We hope you
have a good day,
Sweetbox in the press :
Hello, we are Graspinghand, a group of young designers, and this is Sweetbox, a case for the Raspberry Pi computer.
Its strong plastic material protects it from shocks and scratches.
It feels smooth to
touch, and the components and status lights are visible through the
You don't have to open the case to access the GPIO pins, just remove the rubber cap and plug in.
the lower part of the case, there is extra-space to place a mini-sd
adaptor like the pIO and make the object even more compact.
The 2 parts are clipped together smoothly, without any screws, for easy and quick opening.
We are including a set of 3 heatsinks together with the case. As far as we know, we are the only ones to integrate tailor-made copper heatsinks.
Copper is one of the the best thermal conductors, so the set allows you to cool your raspberry even when it's overclocked. We played frenetically for 3 hours on Quake III with a Raspberry Pi overclocked at 950 MHz with its Sweetbox and its heatsinks and without. You will find results below.
Each heatsink is ready to mount
with its thermal paste, so just pull off the protective film and put
them in place .
So how much for this rugged and unique, smallest Raspberry Pi case, with its 3 integrated copper heatsinks? Only 11£ (+ 3£ for shipping worldwide).
We chose a funding duration of 60 days, because we think that we need time to diffuse it but as soon as we will reach he amount goal we will launch the production, so the faster we reach it the sooner Sweetboxes will be produced and sent.
The funding will be spent to produce the injection molds, heatsinks and rubber cap's cutting tools, and to cover the costs for materials and injection of the cases.
have placed a great deal of importance to the choice of
materials, each detail of the case has to be perfect, we want to
offer you a flawless product.
You will be constantly updated of all the advancements of the project as they happen.
Now it's your turn to make it real, thanks!
Risks and challenges
At this point, we have successfully completed all stages of prototype development and introduced a standard of quality that we are proud to present. The greatest challenge for us now is to ensure the same level of perfection for mass manufacturing. Although, such a leap in scale will surely hold some surprises and difficulties for us to overcome, we have already started to address several issues concerning the next step.
Knowing that our project demands high precision we have inquired and obtained several positive answers from injection molding companies regarding the margins of fault that we can tolerate.
Although the design and the 3d file of the Sweetbox are fully functional we are expecting minor modifications to be required in order to facilitate the demolding of each piece. However these details will be worked out along with the company’s engineers and should not hold us back.
Once the mold is obtained, we wish to experiment with different opacities, finishes and coatings of the Sweetbox and also try to please our backers with customized and playful products.
With all that and much more in mind we are hoping to start shipping the first Sweetboxes end of June 2013. We will be posting regularly on this page to keep in you informed on how we proceed.
- (60 days)