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A super versatile and fun Raspberry Pi B+ and camera case. Compatible with Legos® and GoPro® mounts.
A super versatile and fun Raspberry Pi B+ and camera case. Compatible with Legos® and GoPro® mounts.
A super versatile and fun Raspberry Pi B+ and camera case. Compatible with Legos® and GoPro® mounts.
659 backers pledged $15,338 to help bring this project to life.

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SmartiPi Raspberry Pi B+ and camera case

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If you missed the Kickstarter, you can still pre-order at smarticase.com

If you have been looking for a great case for your new Raspberry Pi B+, then I have something special for you. The SmartiPi is an affordable case packed with tons of features. It is a two part, injection molded plastic case which screws together. It also has an optional holder for the official Raspberry Pi camera. The cases in the photos are painted 3D printed prototypes. 

I already have manufacturing ready to start building the molds. All I need it the capital to make it happen. The final case will be ABS plastic. Two 2 x 6 Lego® compatible plates will be permanently embedded in the case. The 6 x 10 plate can be snapped off the top to access the inside.

Case Features

  • Permanently embedded 2x6 Lego® compatible plates.
  • Included is a 6x10 Lego® compatible plate that can be snapped onto the embedded 2x6 plates. This makes the top flush.
  • Screw together construction with 4 screws included.
  • 3 holes which line up with 75mm vesa mounts
  • Areas in housing for routing through zip ties and/or twine.
  • Quick wall mount eyelets on back.
  • Stacking features on bottom allow for stacking of multiple SmartiPi cases. ( bottom features are not Lego® compatible)
  • Feature on housing can be used with GoPro® mounts (bolt included).
  • Holes for DSI and CSI cable routing.
  • Compatible with 40 pin GPIO connector (secondary strain relief must be removed, if applicable).
  • Visual access to LEDS.

Camera case features

  • Compatible with the official Raspberry Pi camera.
  • Simple snap together construction.
  • Lego® compatible back.
  • Two screw holes for mounting.
  • Middle hole for using third party gooseneck arms (hole is same size as hole on camera PCB).
  • LED is covered by default (could be drilled out).

About Me

My name is Tom Murray. I am an Industrial Designer who loves to tinker. I always loved building things, which eventually led me into my profession. My career has let me design products for other companies and individuals. Now I have the chance to design a product for myself and other Raspberry Pi fans.

The Pi is very versatile with limitless possibilities. I am always amazed at the new projects I see popping up all over. It inspired me to design a case that captures the tinkering spirit of the Pi. There are many cases on the market at affordable prices. Even with the variety, I wanted a case with more flexibility. Through many iterations and design refinements,  I believe I have struck a balance between functionality and price point. I also believe I have incorporated a set of features which will appeal to Pi enthusiasts.  The price of the case is affordable, just like the Raspberry Pi itself.

Reward Levels

 

Color options

After the campaign is finished, we will contact you and ask you what color you want. The case itself will be grey but you can pick one of the four colors below for the 6 x 10 Lego® compatible plate. If you don’t specify a color, we will send the grey. The camera case will be the same grey as the case.  The grey color may be slightly different than the picture. 
 

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Even if you don’t back the SmartiPi, please share and appreciate. You can follow us on Twitter @Smarticase. Thanks!

Special thanks to The Pi Shop

We especially want to thank The Pi Shop with helping us out on this project. Please support this great Pi shop. 

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The case is 75mm Vesa mount compatible. It has three mounting points. Bolts are not included, but M4 bolts with 20-25mm of thread would work well and can be easily purchased.
The case is 75mm Vesa mount compatible. It has three mounting points. Bolts are not included, but M4 bolts with 20-25mm of thread would work well and can be easily purchased.
The case also works with 40 Pin GPIO cables. If your cable has a secondary strain relief, you must remove it. It’s easy.
The case also works with 40 Pin GPIO cables. If your cable has a secondary strain relief, you must remove it. It’s easy.

 Click for cable strain relief removal info. 

The SmartiPi allows you to thread zip-ties to mount to a variety of surfaces. This gives you the flexibility of positioning your Pi without screwing into the surface.
The SmartiPi allows you to thread zip-ties to mount to a variety of surfaces. This gives you the flexibility of positioning your Pi without screwing into the surface.
The SmartiPi has the ability to attach GoPro® mounts. I am including a hex bolt on all reward levels because the GoPro® quick knobs which come with the GoPro® mounts are too large.
The SmartiPi has the ability to attach GoPro® mounts. I am including a hex bolt on all reward levels because the GoPro® quick knobs which come with the GoPro® mounts are too large.
As a reward option, I am offering a GoPro® compatible mount which can be attached to a standard ¼” - 20 tripod thread.
As a reward option, I am offering a GoPro® compatible mount which can be attached to a standard ¼” - 20 tripod thread.
You can use GoPro® mounts to attach the Pi and camera to a bike to take action footage.
You can use GoPro® mounts to attach the Pi and camera to a bike to take action footage.
The camera case is a two part snap together case with a Lego compatible back.
The camera case is a two part snap together case with a Lego compatible back.
The 6x10 Lego® compatible top snaps off for access to the inside of the case.
The 6x10 Lego® compatible top snaps off for access to the inside of the case.
The beauty of the Lego® compatible camera is using the Legos® to position the camera in any configuration needed. You can use swivel and pivot Legos® together to have the ultimate  in flexibility.
The beauty of the Lego® compatible camera is using the Legos® to position the camera in any configuration needed. You can use swivel and pivot Legos® together to have the ultimate in flexibility.
The camera case has two mounting holes which can be used to screw the case to a variety of surfaces. The camera LED is covered to but can be drilled out if you wish.
The camera case has two mounting holes which can be used to screw the case to a variety of surfaces. The camera LED is covered to but can be drilled out if you wish.
The camera case is a two part assembly. It snaps together easily and secures your Pi camera in place. It has a Lego® compatible back side.
The camera case is a two part assembly. It snaps together easily and secures your Pi camera in place. It has a Lego® compatible back side.
The bottom of the case has two wall mount slots. It also has 4 oval shaped features to allow stacking of multiple SmartiPis. The Micro SD slot is also accessible.
The bottom of the case has two wall mount slots. It also has 4 oval shaped features to allow stacking of multiple SmartiPis. The Micro SD slot is also accessible.
With Lego® bricks you can create vents. Just remove the top plate off and replace with plates with holes.
With Lego® bricks you can create vents. Just remove the top plate off and replace with plates with holes.
Stacking features allow you to stack multiple SmartiPis on top of each other. They will not snap together like Legos®, but you could zip tie them together.
Stacking features allow you to stack multiple SmartiPis on top of each other. They will not snap together like Legos®, but you could zip tie them together.
The LEDS are visible in the case through an opening at the end. There is also the slot for the DSI connector.
The LEDS are visible in the case through an opening at the end. There is also the slot for the DSI connector.
                              

What will the money go towards?

The money raised will go to...

  • Injection molds
  • Molded parts
  • Assembly
  • Shipping

Project timeline

So you ask..when will I get my SmartiPi case? The estimated delivery date is mid January 2015. We will miss the holiday season but can send you a nice postcard to give as gift. See below.

 

Will I get the SmartiPi by the Holidays?

Sorry. Probably not. The estimated delivery for the SmartPi is January 2015. But we can send you a nice postcard in time for the Holidays. You can throw it into an envelope and give it as a gift. We will contact you after the campaign to see if you want one sent to you.

Prototyping

I have created and refined sketches and 3d printed prototypes for the SmartiPi. It’s an important part of the design process. In product design, the final product must make sense when it is in the user’s hands.

 
3D printed prototypes printed with shapeways,com printing service.
3D printed prototypes printed with shapeways,com printing service.

LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO® Group and does not sponsor or endorse this site and contents.  GOPRO® is a registered trademarks of GoPro®, Inc. and does not sponsor or endorse this site and contents.  Raspberry Pi is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. 

Risks and challenges

I have created numerous prototypes to test and validate the design. The product assembly is simple and the part count is low. The only thing I need to keep an eye on is the mold quality and assembly. I feel I have designed out the major risks associated with a project of this scope. There are always challenges though. I need to make sure the mold manufacturer sticks to their schedule.

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