A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
What is TinyPi Pro?
TinyPi Pro is a miniature gaming console based around the raspberry pi. It started life as a personal project to see just how small you could make a raspberry pi based handheld. This was then followed by a year of tweaking and refinement to make the TinyPi Pro.
Every part of the project has been carefully selected to ensure the best possible experience for you.
The screen is a thing of beauty. While it is only a 1.3 inch screen, it packs a punch with a smartphone level 240 pixels per inch. The screen uses IPS technology to give fantastic viewing angles, and it's 240x240 resolution is great for retrogaming.
TinyPi Pro comes with advanced digital audio capabilities, ensuring great crisp sound. The internal speaker won't replace your home hi-fi, but does a great job of bringing those old retro classics back to life.
TinyPi Pro has a 400mah buried in its core. This is good for about an hour's playing. There is power management hardware onboard to allow you to keep an eye on the battery levels. A quick dab of the power button while your TinyPi is off will let you see how charged your battery is.
There is also and safe shutdown to help prevent damaged SD cards. The power button also doubles as a menu button, allowing you to tweak the volume and other settings quickly and easily
The TinyPi Pro case is 3d printed, however don't despair!! This is not your normal 3d printer. These cases are printed in magical boxes that use lasers and plastic dust to create amazing prints!! The result is beautiful, with even tiny details being crisp and clear. Being made of nylon, the case is also strong enough to keep your TinyPi safe.
Building the Kit
Every part of the kit has been designed to make it as easy as possible to build. Almost everything you need to build the kit is included. There is a nice pair or tweezers and a 1.5mm allen key right there in the box. The kit has been designed to need absolutely no soldering!!! This makes it great for schools and clubs, as well as makers too. The pogo pins in the kit help to make a nice quick and easy connection between the Pi zero and the TinyPi Pro board. All you need to add to the kit is a Raspberry Pi Zero (original or Zero W, but make sure it has no headers). You can see just how easy it is to build in this quick video
TinyPi Pro makes full use of Retropie to unlock an entire world of retro gaming. Your TinyPi Pro will be able to play NES, SNES, Gameboy, Gameboy Colour, Gameboy Advance, Master System, Megadrive/Genesis, and GameGear. It is also possible to play some PlayStation 1 games, although you will need to be ready to get tweaking config files to make it really sing. It may also be possible to run Lakka on your TinyPi Pro, to take advantage of its quick boot times, and more protected filesystem, however it is not quite as usable on tiny screens. You are of course not limited to just this. Being based on a Raspberry Pi Zero, you will be able to take full advantage of the massive maker community, and you could even use Python or Scratch to make your own TinyPi games!! The only limit is your imagination.
Sounds like you have this sorted! Why use Kickstarter?
Well that's a good question!! The original plan was to build small batches of kits, then to use the profits to make bigger and bigger kits. Now this will work fine, however the demand has been such that the kits will sell out super quick and there will be lots of unhappy people. Making use of Kickstarter means that everyone can secure a kit, and everyone is happy :)
Risks and challenges
The risks are pretty minimal!! The product is already designed and finalised, you are simply funding the manufacture and production.
Sourcing manufacturers and parts has already been done, the only potential risk is that larger quantities will require alternative suppliers. All of the steps on the way will be clearly updated as we know timescales etc.