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SmartiPi Touch is a super sleek stand for the official Raspberry Pi touch display. Camera functionality, wall mountable, and HAT ready.
SmartiPi Touch is a super sleek stand for the official Raspberry Pi touch display. Camera functionality, wall mountable, and HAT ready.
SmartiPi Touch is a super sleek stand for the official Raspberry Pi touch display. Camera functionality, wall mountable, and HAT ready.
2,137 backers pledged $58,985 to help bring this project to life.

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SmartiPi Touch: A Raspberry Pi Touch stand

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If you miss the Kickstarter you can pre-order at Smarticase.com 

My name is Tom Murray. I am an Industrial Designer with 10 years of experience. To date, I have designed dozens of products and now I am looking to design my own. In October 2014 I successfully funded the SmartiPi case for the Raspberry Pi. I enjoy working with the Pi community and want to continue to create innovative Raspberry Pi accessories. 

I am seeking $12,000 for the the SmartiPi Touch stand for the Official Raspberry Pi touch display (display not included). The design is complete and the final 3D printed prototypes are shown in the photos. Now, I need backers like you to pledge your support for the project. 

What is the SmartiPi Touch?

The SmartiPi touch is a case and stand for the Official Raspberry Pi touch display. (display not included) The display is secured into the case with four screws. A Raspberry Pi 2, B+ or A+ is then enclosed in the compartment on the back of the case. A simple door covers the the Pi when it is in the compartment. The ribbon cable that comes with the display connects into the Raspberry Pi DSI port. The stand has a pivot that allows you to adjust the angle of the screen. 

HAT boards can be attached to the back of the case, adding even more functionality.
HAT boards can be attached to the back of the case, adding even more functionality.
In the image above, the display is mounted with the optional small footprint screw-in mounts. These mounts have a small footprint while providing additional clearance to attach HAT boards to the back of the case.
In the image above, the display is mounted with the optional small footprint screw-in mounts. These mounts have a small footprint while providing additional clearance to attach HAT boards to the back of the case.
The display angle can be adjusted by loosening the hex bolt at the pivot. More info below on page.
The display angle can be adjusted by loosening the hex bolt at the pivot. More info below on page.

The included Raspberry Pi camera case adds tons of versatility and utility to the case. This is a very unique feature and I am excited to see what users do with the camera case.

The included LEGO compatible Raspberry Pi camera case can be mounted in two locations with LEGO studs. The camera case will be black like the rest of the case. Use with the official Raspberry Pi camera
The included LEGO compatible Raspberry Pi camera case can be mounted in two locations with LEGO studs. The camera case will be black like the rest of the case. Use with the official Raspberry Pi camera
The Pi is enclosed in a snap door in the back of the case. All of the ports,except the HDMI port are accessible.
The Pi is enclosed in a snap door in the back of the case. All of the ports,except the HDMI port are accessible.

Display not included

The case is compatible with the Official Raspberry Pi 7" Touchscreen Display from the Raspberry Pi foundation. The display is not included, but it can be purchased at various locations throughout the globe starting at $60.  I will compile a list of locations to buy the display in the FAQ at the bottom of the page. 

All you need is the display kit (pictured below), a Raspberry Pi A+, B+, or 2 and a SmartiPi Touch. 

Basic specs

  • RGB 800×480 display @60fps 
  • 4-bit colour FT5406 
  • 10 point capacitive touchscreen 
  • 70 degree viewing angle
Display kit above is not included.
Display kit above is not included.
The display ( not included ) screws into the SmartiPi touch case
The display ( not included ) screws into the SmartiPi touch case

Don't want LEGO studs?

Some users like the idea of not having LEGO like studs on the case. You will be able to specify whether or not you want LEGO studs on the front or back of the case after the campaign. This will allow you to use the case for more professional uses. You will still have a small groove around the area, but no studs will be present. 

You can specify whether or not you want the LEGO studs on the case after the campaign. It can be removed at your request.
You can specify whether or not you want the LEGO studs on the case after the campaign. It can be removed at your request.

Rewards

There are two rewards. 

Reward 1: SmartiPi Touch stand and Camera Case for the Raspberry Pi camera. Using taller HAT boards? Check out Reward 2. 

Reward 2: SmartiPi Touch stand, Camera Case for the Raspberry Pi camera AND the small footprint mounts. When mounted on the wall, the small footprint mounts can allow for additional clearance for HAT boards. 

 Small footprint screw-in mounts

The second reward includes the metal small footprint screw-in mounts. If you want the most flexibility in mounting the case, you should get Reward 2. The screw in mounts will allow you to mount the case to a wall while having HATS attached.

The small footprint screw-in mounts allow you to screw the SmartiPi Touch to other surfaces creating additional clearance for HAT boards on the back (shown in red).
The small footprint screw-in mounts allow you to screw the SmartiPi Touch to other surfaces creating additional clearance for HAT boards on the back (shown in red).

The small footprint mounts below are actually GoPro compatible mounts, so you could replace them with any others that you can find. 

The small footprint screw-in mounts also allow you to make your own base. You could create a wood base, weighted base, or anything that you can screw to.
The small footprint screw-in mounts also allow you to make your own base. You could create a wood base, weighted base, or anything that you can screw to.
                                           
        

What if I want to order more than one reward?

It's easy. You will just have to add up the reward totals and pledge that amount. 

For example , if you want 2 of "Reward 1" and 1 of "Reward 2". Just pledge $63 in either reward box. Don't worry. A survey will be sent out afterwards to confirm your pledge details.

Shipping to locations outside the U.S.A is a flat $7 for any quantity up to 5. It will be added automatically (if applicable). 

Please contact me before pledging for more than 5. 

Powering the display

There are two methods to power the display using our case. 

The first method is using two jumper wires from the Raspberry PI GPIO. This method will conflict with HATS. 

The second method is to use a micro USB Y-cable or two micro USB cables. This method enables you to use HATS. Like the micro USB Y-cable shown below? You will will have the opportunity to add-on a Micro USB Y-cable after the campaign.

The USB port on the display control board is not accessible with this design. So you will not be able to power the Pi with that method.

A micro USB Y power cable will allow you to power the display and Raspberry Pi simultaneously without having to have deal with two power cables. One similar to this one will be available as an add on after the campaign. It will ship with your case.
A micro USB Y power cable will allow you to power the display and Raspberry Pi simultaneously without having to have deal with two power cables. One similar to this one will be available as an add on after the campaign. It will ship with your case.

What will the money go towards?

A large portion of the money raised will go towards building the injection molds for the plastic parts. The balance of monies raised will be used to order the first round of parts from the manufacturer. The parts will be manufactured in China to reduce costs. 

Additional Details

GPIO cables can attached to the GPIO pins on the Pi. This allows you to bring the cable around to the front where you more easily tinker and interact with HATS.
GPIO cables can attached to the GPIO pins on the Pi. This allows you to bring the cable around to the front where you more easily tinker and interact with HATS.
Although not shown in the prototype photos, 75mm VESA mount points will be added to the back. These are M4 threaded features in a 75mm square pattern.
Although not shown in the prototype photos, 75mm VESA mount points will be added to the back. These are M4 threaded features in a 75mm square pattern.
The display is secured to the case with 4 screws that correspond to four mounting points on the display.
The display is secured to the case with 4 screws that correspond to four mounting points on the display.
We have managed to keep the thickness of the case down to a very compact 23mm. Be aware that the Raspberry Pi B+ and Pi 2 USB ports protrude about 7mm.
We have managed to keep the thickness of the case down to a very compact 23mm. Be aware that the Raspberry Pi B+ and Pi 2 USB ports protrude about 7mm.
To change the SD card:  The door is removed and the Pi is pivoted out of its compartment, revealing the SD card.
To change the SD card: The door is removed and the Pi is pivoted out of its compartment, revealing the SD card.
To adjust the angle of the screen, loosen the hex bolt, adjust angle, and tighten the hex bolt back up.
To adjust the angle of the screen, loosen the hex bolt, adjust angle, and tighten the hex bolt back up.
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The larger base has rubber feet to prevent slipping on smooth surfaces. There are also holes in the base to screw to a surface.
The larger base has rubber feet to prevent slipping on smooth surfaces. There are also holes in the base to screw to a surface.
The included camera case has a LEGO compatible back.
The included camera case has a LEGO compatible back.

Prototyping

As a full time product designer, I understand the design process. The only way to design great products is to prototype and iterate until you find something that works. The SmartiPi Touch is no exception. I believe I have found the right balance between form and function. I have been through many prototypes in my design process. 

 Project timeline

I learned many lessons from my last successful Kickstarter. Building enough time into the schedule for unanticipated issues is important. I plan on shipping to the first round backers by the end of April 2016.  Second round will ship May 2016.

Music credit  - Pure Oxygen (Part 1) (Mike BFort) / CC BY 4.0 

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk in the project is ensuring the injection molder sticks to the timeline. During our first campaign I encountered small delays with my injection molder and thus I have built extra time into the schedule for anticipated delays.

With one successful Kickstarter campaign under my belt, I fully understand the challenges of shipping to hundreds of backers.

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