Finally, a small, elegant and ergonomic case for the Raspberry Pi, NOW WITH GPIO ACCESS ! Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on January 21, 2013.
About this project
Hi Kickstarter, we are Grasping hand, a collective of young designers, and this is Sweetbox.
Sweetbox is a case for the Raspberry Pi unlike any other and we need your support in order to make an injection mold and launch its mass production. But first…
What is the Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized single-board computer that plugs into your screen or TV and a keyboard. It was developed in the UK, by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools. It runs Linux and soon Android. It costs only 25 pounds and is a revolutionary product and a huge success. It has an HDMI video output, Ethernet, RCA, 2 USB ports, a sound card, and an SD card slot to run the system. You can use it for many of the things that your desktop PC does such as surfing on the internet, playing HD video and 3d games, word-processing and programming. Maybe you have one already or intend to get one soon. Either way, there is a lot of information about it on the web.
Raspberry Pi is great, but it needs a good case to complete it, that is why we have designed the perfect one: Sweetbox.
What is the Sweetbox?
We had the idea of a case for the Raspberry Pi that would be like a skin, wrapping the components.
We wanted it to be easy to grab and to handle, something more than a bulky box, a small and elegant object.
We submitted it to all sorts of tests to make it resistant to the forces of nature.
We chose a sturdy, translucent polyamide material to produce this “frozen” effect on the components and give it a soft texture.
Its closing is simple, solid and intuitive, two pieces clipping together perfectly in one easy move.
We have created a device that looks like no other, its different thicknesses giving structural strength to the case and slightly revealing its contents.
The Sweetbox is designed to embrace the Raspberry Pi rather than to hide it.
Furthermore, we integrated three tailor-made copper heatsinks that you can easily mount on your Sweetbox, in order to keep the raspberry chilled and extend its lifetime.
GPIO / From now one, all Sweetboxes can be with or without GPIO access !
Your comments ideas inspired us a lot and here is the solution we believe is the most practical and flexible for the Sweetbox. The idea is to make a small rectangular rubber piece with 2 slits, that could be threaded on the pin and taken off quickly without opening the case when you need
We had to extend the opening to the lateral side too, in order to allow 26 pin connectors to be plugged. Otherwise it would have meant to expand the volume of the case, which was not in our opinion a good option
SPACE / 100 Pounds Limited edition
Here are some photos of the amazing and fluorescent SPACE Sweetbox prototype
The color is literally irradiating the space around it ! (no photoshop)
We decided to reduce the price of this reward from 150 Pounds to 100 Pounds
SHADES / 30 Pounds edition
Vote for your Sweetbox color between 99 shades of grey
Why do we need your support?
We have been working on this project since last spring, when the Raspberry Pi was first released.
We have designed every curve, angle, slot of the case over and over in order to find the optimal shape.
We have made a series of prototypes to decide upon the perfect form, material, color and opacity.
We have spent a tremendous amount of time adjusting every aspect of the Sweetbox, fine-tuning every detail.
We have contacted a variety of companies working on injection molding to figure out the best way to proceed and prepared a detailed business plan including costs of molding (sweetbox, punching stamp for heatsinks), material (polyamide, copper plates with thermal paste), shipping (UK, Europe, USA, rest of the world), taxes, etc.
Now we are ready to launch the Sweetbox. We are raising funds so as to make an injection mould and go from prototyping to mass production.
Without you, this project remains an idea so we are asking for your support in order to make it flesh and bone.
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 March 2013. We will be posting regularly on this page to keep in you informed on how we proceed.
The Sweetbox is made for all B models: Model B rev 1 and 2. The Model A also fits in the case, leaving gaps at the location of the missing components: the Ethernet, one of the USB port and the LAN controller. So even if it's possible to house a Model A in the Sweetbox, we do not recommend it.
Yes, there is enough room for a microSD adapter, but you will have to open the case to place it.
We received a lot demands about it.
We decided to add a new model with GPIO access, an update is coming very soon. Don't worry, the price will remain the same and all backers will be able to chose between the two versions.
An adhesive thermal tape is already placed under the Sweetbox heatsinks, you will just have to place the set on your Raspberry Pi. You will received precise instructions later on.
We chose a 0.3375mm thick 3M™ Thermally Conductive Adhesive Transfer Tape (8815)
You can install a Raspberry Pi emulator in order to see how it looks
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