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By Richard Swatton
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About

What is Pi-STB, Pi-STICK & Pi-STB-HDD ? These are our family of home media devices based on a small but lovable cpu called the 2835 (aka Raspberry PI). This cpu and platform has become hugely popular with people all over the world for offering a simple, low cost and open source platform that allows them to get on with making the hardware do what they wanted. There are many OSes and software solutions that can run on our hardware totally unmodified from their RPI versions.

So what's special about this hardware ? Glad you asked that, If you have previously setup say XBMC on a Raspberry PI board, you will have realised some things were missing, like a Remote, and Wi-Fi (unless you bought it extra), a power button, a nice case and so on. So we set out to do something about that. On the way we also added a few other extras like a RTC (Real Time Clock) and some RGB LEDs to provide some mood lighting and feedback.

Pi-BOX & Pi-STICK
Pi-BOX & Pi-STICK

What models will be offered ? 

There are currently 3 models;

• Pi-STB – is a media centre box that can act as your main viewer for content both local and internet based.

• Pi-STICK Is a very portable device that you can take anywhere. Simply plug it into a HDMI port and you instantly have an internet smart TV.

• Pi-STB-HDD Is an expansion of the STB to include its own hard disc so you can keep all those movies, pictures and audio in one place.

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What can it run ?

• Our own OS + Browser with HTML5 Media Player plug in.

• RaspBMC (XBMC) • OpenElec • Raspbian

Just visit one of these web sites to learn much more:
    • http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/
    • http://elinux.org/RPi_Distributions
 
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Show me everything...

Here are some videos we have made that give much more detail on each product.

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Rewards

To show our appreciation to you, our backers, we thought about what we could give you for backing us that said 'thank you' and was useful as well. So this is what we have come up with:

RRS Remote:  Is a 2in1 remote with a built in TV database. The top surface is real aluminum giving a great cool feel along with some interesting features. 

SP Remote: Is an interesting remote as it can also learn on 5 keys as well as control our Pi devices.

1st 250 backers ->
We will give you one of our RRS Remotes and one of our SP Remotes.

2nd 750 backers ->
We will give you one of our SP Remotes.

You can see the remotes in detail by clicking the video clip above.

Rewards
Rewards

What are the details and specs of each ?

Pi-STB
A STB enclosure  ( sized 145 x 130 x 30 )
BCM2835 SoC (700MHz ARM11 CPU + GPU)
512MByte RAM
4GByte SD card
2.5mm socket for IR Blaster Repeaters
1 x USB External (+ 1 x USB Internal used for Wi-Fi)
1 x 10/100 Ethernet port
1 x Wi-Fi (BCM 43236) – internal using USB
1 x HDMI port 1 x 3.5mm Analogue Output (CVBS and Left+Right)
1 x Power socket (6V 0.5A) 3 x IR Blaster (behind front panel)
1 x RGB lighting with full brightness control.

Pi-STICK
HDMI Dongle Enclosure
BCM2835 SoC (700MHz ARM11 CPU + GPU)
512MByte RAM
4GByte mircoSD card
1 x 2.5mm socket for IR Receiver
1 x Wi-Fi (BCM 43236)
1 x HDMI port 1 x microUSB socket

Pi-STB-HDDA STB enclosure sized BCM2835 SoC (700MHz ARM11 CPU + GPU)
512MByte RAM
4GByte SD card 2.5mm scoket for IR Blaster Repeater
1 x USB External (+ 1 x USB Internal used for Wi-Fi)
1 x 10/100 Ethernet port
1 x Wi-Fi (BCM 43236)
1 x HDMI port
1 x 3.5mm Analogue Output (CVBS and Left+Right)
1 x Power socket (6V 0.5A)
3 x IR Blaster (behind front panel)
1x RGB lighting with full brightness control.

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Packages

Pi-STB                          £50.00
Your choice of colour top (Black, Red, Blue, White, Yellow, Green) . Includes:
1 x Pi-STB
1 x PSU
1 x Remote
1 x HDMI Cable
1 x 4GB SD card In a gift box

Pi-STICK                       £50.00
Includes:
1 x PI-STICK
1 x HDMI Extender cable
1 x USB Power cable
1 x IR Remote
1 x IR Receiver with 1m cable.
1 x 4GB microSD card In a gift box

Pi-DUAL COMBO          £90.00
Your choice of colour top (Black, Red, Blue, White, Yellow, Green) . Includes:
1 x Pi-STB package
plus
1 x PI-STICK package

Pi-TRIPPLE COMBO     £155.00
Everything as per the DUAL-COMBO package plus the STB-HDD model as well.
Includes:
1 x Pi-STB package plus 1 x Pi—STICK package plus 1 x Pi-STB-HDD package (colour) All you have to do is mount your favourite 2.5” drive and plug in the cable.

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What's left on the "To Do" list ? 

or to put it another way, why do we need the funds.

Pi-STB Using our own money we have completed all the design and production tasks, even the gift box tooling is done. So tick that off the list of things to do.

IR-Remote
This is the only item we are not 100% happy, perhaps we are just being too fussy but I think we can improve it before shipping. If you have ideas on this in terms of novel design or function let us know quickly.

Pi-STICK
The pre-production model has been completed. So whats left to do ? Well the PP versions didn't have any way to input IR from a remote, we were just going to use CEC functionality. But during testing on some TVs we found that setting up CEC on a TV can be a PITA, so we decide that we wanted to add a IR input ability and share the remote from the STB version. So we need to do a small update on the PCB and the tooling to include the IR input feature.

PI-STB-HDD
Obviously this will use the same PCB as it's brother, so most of the work is in updating the case design to accommodate a 2.5" SATA drive. So we have the ProE work all done, but now must make some RP cases for testing, and after that move on to making final tooling for production.

Thanks.
Richard

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Production Schedule

The Kickstarter programme will finish on the 18th October, for quantities up to say 5000 units the component set is available and we should be fine with just 6 to 8 weeks for production. So that means we should be shipping around the first week or so of December, which is perfect timing for Christmas.

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Shipping

We will be shipping from two locations to our backers.
For Continental US :  from Austin, Texas.
For European :          from the UK.

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Check us out at our...

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Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is that we may have totally over estimated the interest in such products, if only three people sign up and all of them are my friends then we need to go and rethink things.

As said in the right up, for the Pi-STB we have invested our own money to get this to production and have made over 100 already for our friends to test and comment on. It was from that feedback that we decided to look again at the remote.

Pi-STICK, well we have made this also, yep it exists for real. So we just need to update the design to add IR input but that's not rocket science.

Pi-STB-HDD, ok this one is a ProE drawing and our ideas at the moment. But the engineering involved to make a variation of the case with more height and some mounting tabs for the disc is again basic engineering. So no great barriers to completion.

So really, the biggest risk is no one wants it.

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    Pi-STB
    Gift Box includes:

    1 x Pi-STB

    1 x PSU

    1 x Remote

    1 x HDMI Cable

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    1 x HDMI Extender cable
    1 x USB Power cable
    1 x IR Remote

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    Dual Combo package
    1 x Pi-STB & 1 x Pi-STICK

    Your choice of colour top for the STB (Black, Red, Blue, Yellow, Green).

    STB Gift Box includes:
    1 x Pi-STB
    1 x PSU
    1 x Remote
    1 x HDMI Cable
    1 x Analogue output cable

    STICK Gift Box includes:
    1 x PI-STICK
    1 x HDMI Extender cable
    1 x USB Power cable
    1 x IR Remote

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    Triple Combo Package

    1 x Pi-STB package (colour)
    1 x PI-STICK package
    PLUS
    1 x PI-STB-HDD package (colour)

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