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Small HDMI screens are  expensive. Native HD ones are astronomical. We want to drive the price down "Raspberry Pi" style.
Small HDMI screens are expensive. Native HD ones are astronomical. We want to drive the price down "Raspberry Pi" style.
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Mega Update

Posted by Alex Eames - RasPi.TV (Creator)
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This is called "Mega Update" for two reasons...

  • It's a lengthy update
  • We've added a new top level reward called HDMIPi Mega (more on that in a minute)

Unlocked Stretch Goals

We're delighted to have been able to unlock three case colour stretch goals in the last week; White (£165k), Raspberry Pink (£175k) and Blue (£185k) as well. Black is next (£195k) and then Toxic Yellow (£200k).

We're now getting within sight of the finishing line, with nine and a bit days to go. We'd really like to be able to blow through our £200,000 stretch goal and bring you the onboard 5.2V USB "Pi Power" port, as well as all the extra case colour options along the way.

So please keep telling people about HDMIPi on Twitter, Facebook, web sites, forums etc. http://hdmipi.com is a good URL to promote because it's short and easy to remember. Thank you for spreading the word. :) I've also set up @HDMIPi as a Twitter account specifically for HDMIPi.

Audit Suppliers Trip to HK/China

Dave and I are going to Hong Kong and China next week to visit our HDMIPi suppliers and potential suppliers. Sadly we'll be away for the close of the KickStarter campaign (it'll be 0700 Sunday morning 1st December Hong Kong time, 11pm 30th November UK time).

We should still have internet access while we're away, but updates and my usual lightning-fast replies to your comments and messages may be a bit delayed. I also gather that Twitter, Google and YouTube are blocked in China, but... we'll see ;)

This is a new thing for me, but Dave's been through this process several times. It should help to ensure that we have a good supply chain and help to avoid problems and delays in bringing you your HDMIPi.

New Reward Level - HDMIPi Mega

We've added a new top level reward, HDMIPi Mega (£160). It's the same as the deluxe package, but with the following additions...

Quite a few people have already upgraded, leaving some gaps in the lower rewards, which you may be able to snap up, if you're sharp-eyed and quick-fingered.

Touchy Subject

We've had a good look at both capacitive and resistive touch. We have mixed news for all you touch lovers out there...

Capacitive Touch

Capacitive touch (like on your smartphone or iPad) would...

  • greatly increase the cost of HDMIPi,
  • massively increase its complexity,
  • delay its release,
  • change its character completely away from being an affordable Hi-Def HDMI screen for the Raspberry Pi.

We don't rule it out as a potential future project, but capacitive touch is not going to happen in this iteration of HDMIPi. But keep reading...

Resistive Touch

Resistive touch is still under investigation and looks hopeful. We have samples of a resistive touch overlay that works just like a touchpad in Windows/Linux x86. We're pressing the manufacturers to provide ARM6 Linux drivers that will unlock its full functionality for the Raspberry Pi. We're planning to visit them next week, if we can.

If we can get the drivers sorted out (and I see no good reason why we couldn't) we could make this available as a bolt-on extra.

It's not quite as good as capacitive, but it might meet some people's need for touch.

Time may have beaten us though

We may have a chance to fully work this through before the end of the KickStarter campaign, but it's 'touch and go'. So this will possibly have to be a bolt-on extra outside of the campaign.

If enough people want it, and if we can get the drivers for ARM6 Pi, we will do it.

We've listened to you and we've done our best to bring you touch, instead of just kicking the whole idea into touch. We hope you think it's a nice touch, even though it's been a bit of a touchy subject for some people. ;) (Sorry about the puns, I couldn't help myself).

How to Add a Power Supply to Your Pledge

A popular request from the HDMIPi early bird (£65) and HDMIPi standard (£75) backers is "How can I add a power supply to my pledge?" (Higher level rewards already include a PSU).

You can do this by simply increasing your pledge by £5 and we will add a PSU (no need to let us know). The PSU will be UK/US/European according to your shipping address.

Photo of Cyntech's UK Warehouse

Last week I popped over to Cyntech to sort out visa forms for our trip. I took the opportunity to snap a quick couple of phone shots of the Cyntech warehouse. Some of you were asking how we were going to cope with the demand. This is just the part of the warehouse that I could get in shot. There's plenty of space. We're not operating out of my garage, which is good because it's already full. :)

Dave, PIHUB, Theresa and the Cyntech UK Warehouse
Dave, PIHUB, Theresa and the Cyntech UK Warehouse

Some Recent HDMIPi Videos

Alex has been busy making videos of the HDMIPi prototypes doing various things.

Using Sonic Pi to play "the Flight of the Bumblebee" on the Raspberry Pi

Using HDMIPi with Nikon D90 DSLR

Using HDMIPi as a second screen on a Dell laptop

Using HDMIPi with a smartphone and MHL adaptor

That's the end of the Mega update. We don't know when the next update will be. We'll try and do at least one while we're away, if connectivity is good. We'll be in touch ;)

Alex and Dave

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      Grahame Horner on

      great news about the funding and stretch goals; I'm looking to use the RaspberryPI and HDMI PI for a car entertainment system; as a suggestion it would be great to have a Car Power Supply that could support running from a car lighter.

    2. Dominik Deobald on

      Just keep doing what you're doing with this project right now and come back with a Kickstarter campaign for a touch-enabled version when you're ready.

      You can count me in with a bigger pledge, then... Or just start to sell it on your webpage and notify us through Kickstarter so we know where (and when) we have to go to get one. ;)

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      Markus Zehnder on

      Exciting!
      Count me in on the Resistive Touch extra. It's good enough for my type of project(s)!
      If it gets realized, even after the KS campaign, do you see a possibility to bundle it with the screen shipment? International shipping and custom charges might otherwise double the price...

    4. Alex Eames - RasPi.TV 8-time creator on

      Thanks Andrew
      The subject lent itself nicely to language humour. It was irresistable ;)

    5. Andrew Scheller on

      I like the puns :)
      Have fun in Hong Kong & China!