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Haig ArmenBy Haig Armen
First created
Haig ArmenBy Haig Armen
First created
CA$ 5,617
pledged of 50.000 CA$ pledged of 50.000 CA$ goal
66
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 27 2014 4:47 PM UTC +00:00

About

underside of green and red mineblocks
underside of green and red mineblocks

Mineblock includes the RaspberryPi Model B+ Linux computer with fast 16 gig microSD card encased in a durable solid spruce block with acrylic siding and bottom plate.

Features

Easy to use

  • setting up Mineblock on your home network is simple

    Quality Materials

    • Durable solid Beech wooden case
    • semi-transparent acrylic removable bottom plate.

Small & Portable:

  • easily thrown into a kid’s backpack
  • 4" x 4" x 2” case 

    Expandable hardware

      • easily upgradable Raspberry Pi
      • 4 USB slots and HDMI display port 
      • Includes 5 volt power supply and Wifi dongle

       How does it work?

      Once plugged in, Mineblock looks for a network to connect to. If your network is password-protected Mineblock creates its own temporary network which can be accessed by phone or laptop, allowing you to log Mineblock in to your network. Once restarted, Mineblock connects to your network and provides a Minecraft server. Crafters will be able to log into the server by typing in Mineblock’s IP address into their games.

      Wifi setup screen temporarily made by Mineblock
      Wifi setup screen temporarily made by Mineblock

      The story

      Mineblock originally came out of the specific need for a Minecraft server in our own home but has grown into what you see today. As I shared the idea with parents I realized that there is a market and a viable product concept.

      While in graduate school at the Centre for Digital Media over the past year I was able to dedicate time to the project. Over the summer of 2014 I explored many directions for Mineblock and after a great deal of sketching and over 12 prototypes I eventually settled on the final design. The software and hardware have now been tested and proven to be robust enough to delight your minecrafters.

      12 prototypes
      12 prototypes

      The Plan
      Right now it's just a prototype but it has been designed to be mass-produced and I had a lot of great help at MakerLabs, here in Vancouver to help plan the best strategies for the construction and assembly. I plan to hire a small team to help produce and assembly Mineblock all in Vancouver where I live, sourcing the wood in British Columbia. Ultimately supporting this campaign will help bring Mineblocks to families and even schools.

      Future Plans

      Parents Monitoring Gameplay

      During the research phase of this project an overwhelming amount of parents asked for ways or features that might help them manage their children's time while playing Minecraft. On the Mineblock roadmap will be a number of features that will help track time spent playing and notifications representing time blocks set my parents or children set through a web application.

      Minecraft for Education

      There's a branch of how people are using games to learn that I believe Minecraft has had a large role in developing. There are now over 4000 classrooms that use Minecraft to teach team colloration and constructive concepts. I would like to evolve the Mineblock server to have a customizable Minecraft environment that allows for teachers or parents to configure the game to teach their students important lessons about creativity in our world. This idea needs further development and this Kickstarter campaign will help get both of these future ideas off the ground.

      I'd like to thank my good friend, Afshin Mehin of Woke Design and Jason Miller, a former student from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where I teach. Along with the folks at MakerLabs, they were incredibly helpful in supporting my endeavours through the prototyping of the product.

      Additionally, a big shout out goes out to Carlos Flores for helping shoot the video and my old time friend Anthony Baird for his video editing mastery.

Risks and challenges

The Mineblock project has always been a pilot project and a successful campaign will prove the concept, eventually make it a viable business. Mineblock has recieved a great deal of positive feedback. People really seem to understand it's place in the world and by building the project incrementally I hope to build a Mineblock community that might contribute new ideas, code and resources to build on features and perhaps build new products.

I anticipate a few challenges with this project. Primarily, time is an issue and dedicating time to make this project fly will depend on the support that Mineblock is able to attract. I've sourced out many of the components and since Raspberry Pi has sold over 4 million units this year, it may be difficult to secure a bulk order with the suppliers. I'm thrilled to partner with various Vancouver production hubs to produe a high quality product and feel strongly about keeping the outsourcing to a minimum. That said, the electronic components will be purchased offshore and shipped to Canada for assembly.

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    JUST SOFTWARE: We'll send you the Mineblock operating system on a high speed micro SD card. You'll also get software updates. And your name in our SOURCE CODE.

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    Early Bird BLACK Special
    Mineblock Complete Kit (exclusive) – You get the MINEBLOCK with BLACK tinted acrylic bottom plate. Includes Raspberry PI server, Wifi dongle, power adapter, 16 GIG MicroSD card. You'll also get software updates, an custom OS, and your name in our SOURCE CODE.

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    Early Bird GREEN Special
    Mineblock Complete Kit (exclusive) – You get the MINEBLOCK with NEON GREEN tinted acrylic bottom plate. Includes Raspberry PI server, Wifi dongle, power adapter, 16 GIG MicroSD card. You'll also get software updates, an custom OS, and your name in our SOURCE CODE.

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    Early Bird RED Special
    Mineblock Complete Kit (exclusive) – You get the MINEBLOCK with NEON RED tinted acrylic bottom plate. Includes Raspberry PI server, Wifi dongle, power adapter, 16 GIG MicroSD card. You'll also get software updates, an custom OS, and your name in our SOURCE CODE.

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    Original Mineblock Complete Kit – You get the MINEBLOCK with BLACK tinted acrylic bottom plate. Includes Raspberry PI server, Wifi dongle, power adapter, 16 GIG MicroSD card. You'll also get software updates, an custom OS, and your name in our SOURCE CODE.
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    Deluxe Personalized Mineblock Complete Kit – You get the MINEBLOCK in dark mahogany wood, your name etched into the wood. Comes with BLACK tinted acrylic bottom plate, Raspberry PI server, Wifi dongle, power adapter, 16 GIG MicroSD card. You'll also get software updates, an custom OS, and special thanks in our SOURCE CODE.
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    Suger Daddy Mineblock Complete Kit – You get the MINEBLOCK in dark mahogany wood, your name etched into the wood. Comes with BLACK tinted acrylic bottom plate, Raspberry PI server, Wifi dongle, power adapter, 16 GIG MicroSD card. You'll also get software updates, an custom OS, and special thanks in our SOURCE CODE.
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Funding period

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