The SmartiPi Touch HAT cover is an accessory for the SmartiPi Touch case for the official Raspberry Pi display. We funded the SmartiPi Touch in 2016 and have sold thousands worldwide since. Many users have asked for a back cover that would protect HAT boards and the Pi USB ports. We decided we should make it happen. The HAT cover screws into the 100 mm VESA mount holes on the back of the SmartiPi Touch with the included screws.
Why we need your help
We are looking for backers to help us make this back cover a reality. The prototype below is 3D printed prototype. We needs backers to help us purchase the mold and first round of production plastic parts.
How big is it?
In addition to protecting HAT boards, the cover also has extra space to mount your own custom components. From the back of the SmartiPi Touch (which is flush with the PI GPIO pins) there is 15mm of clearance for HAT boards and additional components.
The cover is currently designed to accommodate HATS that are 13mm deep. We believe this accommodates a large number of HATS on the market, but let us know what you think.
It is impossible for us to anticipate all of the components you might want to mount in the extra space inside the cover. But many users have expressed the need to mount speakers, batteries, and other boards on the interior of the cover. We provide a space for them to do it.
To mount your custom components, you will need to modify the ABS plastic cover. We provide no mounting features on the inside. It is a blank canvas. Also there are no openings on the side of the cover for connectors. You will have to modify for your application. Be creative.
Special thanks to Dan Jones for CAD of his Pixel-Pi HAT board used in the images above.
If you want multiple rewards, just select any one reward. You will have the option to add on additional/multiple rewards after the campaign is over. You will be contacted after the campaign to confirm what you would like to add on.
We are offering the cover by itself and also the cover as a package with the SmartiPi Touch case. The official Raspberry Pi Touch display is not included in any reward.
If you want multiple rewards, just select any one reward. You will have the option to add on additional/multiple rewards after the campaign is over. You will be contacted to confirm what you would like to add on.
HAT boards attach to the SmartiPi Touch via mounting points on the back of the case. They are very secure after mounting. The cover helps by protecting/shrouding them.
Just use a philips head screwdriver and the M4 supplied screws to attach the cover to the back.
There are no mounting features on the inside of the cover. It is up to you to modify as you wish.
With the HAT cover attached, the SmartiPi Touch is a great candidate for commercial and industrial applications. It is an all plastic construction that works well with bluetooth and wifi. The cover accommodates custom HAT boards. The ports are shrouded and protected. VESA mounts can also be used to attach to the 100mm VESA mounts on the back of the case. It's the best case for any commercial/industrial application.
What are going to do with the money?
We already successfully funded and shipped two campaigns. We feel we have a good understanding of cost and scope for this project. The money raised will go towards purchase of the mold and also the first round of production parts.
If successful we plan to ship to backers in May 2017. We already ship tens of thousands of products per year, so we are confident we can stay close to schedule.
Credit for audio track in the video goes to Ryan Little - Star Writings
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is sticking to the schedule. We have completed two campaigns successfully and have learned many lessons which we will apply to this campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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