Delighted to announce we’re open sourcing the HDMIPi case cut files today so people can cut their own cases. Full details here…
I’m just going to leave this here…
This is going to be a micro-update.
In the last update we said we had some LCDs on the way and that the remaining few hundred KS rewards would be shipped within about 2 weeks of receiving them.
So, I’m delighted to say that the LCDs have arrived. They were a bit later than expected, but they’re now at Cyntech’s warehouse.
So we now expect all remaining KS rewards to have been shipped within 2 weeks. The shop pre-orders will start shipping immediately after the KS rewards have shipped.
We’ve had quite a few setbacks and delays. Thank you for bearing with us. If you haven’t received your HDMIPi yet, you should get yours within the next 3 weeks (allow some time for delivery).
There will be another update when the KS shipping has been completed.
Also, remember to watch the instruction video and look at the User Guide over at…
So the ‘3-4 weeks’ mentioned in the last update elapses on 6th November. To date, something around 1400 HDMIPis have been shipped. That leaves something like 800 KS rewards to go. Sorry if you’re one of the people who hasn’t received theirs yet. We hope you’ll have it soon.
Why So Long?
Initially we had some hold-ups due to the availability of case parts. I’m glad to say that’s no longer the case (pun intended).
We have parts for another 400 full sets in the warehouse and some more LCDs are supposed to arrive shortly after those have gone out.
This is what you want to know. “When will I get mine?” And we understand that. 4 weeks ago, we thought we’d be done by now. Snags crop up, and it always takes longer than you think. If the next shipment of LCDs arrives in good time and condition, we should manage to clear the rest in 2-3 weeks (~2 weeks from delivery of LCDs). Nobody wants this to be finished more than we do.
HDMIPis at Potton Pi & Pints
On Saturday Alex went to a mini-Jam run by Mike and Tim who organise the Cambridge Raspberry Jam. There were about 25 people there. It was an absolute delight to be able to see 5 HDMIPis in action that didn’t belong to me. This was the first time I’ve seen one at a Jam being used by someone else. It was pretty cool. Peter Onion was showing his Panadapter, which uses the Fast Fourier Transform libraries for the GPU to create a real-time waterfall analysis of radio signals. Sadly I didn’t get a decent photo of it, but here’s Peter’s walkround video of it without the HDMIPi… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IZxzm4R1bo
John Evans was demonstrating watching live HDTV using a USB TV card, an HDMIPiand a plug-in aerial. This was also very cool and I need to try it out myself.
If you haven’t assembled your HDMIPi yet, the instructions are here…
And if you want to break off the tab to get better access for ethernet and USB ports, this video shows the best way to do it without damaging your case…
We hope to make available a B+ back quite soon, but our first priority is to ship the KickStarter rewards. We are also hoping at some point to be able to open source the case design.
Support and Instructions
The HDMIPi instructions page is http://hdmipi.com/instructions
If you haven’t received your HDMIPi yet, please don’t panic. We hope to have it with you as soon as we possibly can.
Shipping is well underway now with 500 units shipped so far and the remaining KS rewards expected to be shipped over the next 3-4 weeks.
If you wish to remove the ‘knockout’ tab from your HDMIPi case backplate, here’s the easiest way to do it without damage.
HDMIPi Raspberry Pi Desktop Wallpaper
Alex made a modified version of the Raspberry Pi Desktop Wallpaper with the HDMIPi logo on.
If you’re interested in using it with your HDMIPi, either now or when you get it, hop on over to the HDMIPi blog page here… http://hdmipi.com/2014/hdmipi-wallpaper-for-raspberry-pi/
HDMIPi documentation and instructions, including the build video are all at… http://hdmipi.com/instructions
Should you need technical support with your HDMIPi, contact support AT hdmipi.com But please note that this email is only for technical support. Other sorts of emails to that address will not be answered.
People Designing Stands
There are at least three people who have designed their own stands for HDMIPi
Mark Craig http://markcra.com/blog/?p=317
Che Scott http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:487760
We’re really looking forward to seeing people’s case hacks and the way that HDMIPi will be incorporated into projects.
That’s it for this update. We know from the twitter and email traffic that people are eagerly awaiting their HDMIPis. If you haven’t got yours yet, we’ll get to it soon. We will publish another update when shipping is completed.
I thought it might be good fun to modify the default Raspberry Pi desktop wallpaper to add the HDMIPi logo.
So I made up a 1280 x 800 graphic, using the default as a template.
Here’s How You Do It
then right-click on the desktop and select
Then, under background wallpaper, click the
Home/Pi and choose
And it should now look like this…
Looks Best In 1280×800 Mode
If you haven’t modified the config.txt file to get native 1280×800, you should do that. (Full instructions on page 6 of the HDMIPi User Guide here.)
# settings good for native 1280 x 800 hdmi_ignore_edid=0xa5000080 hdmi_group=2 # HDMIPi for 1280 x 800 hdmi_drive=2 # for alternative modes get sound hdmi_mode=28 # 1280 x 800 @ 60 Hz
A CNBC crew were at the recent Cambridge Raspberry Jam. They were making a short piece on the Raspberry Pi. I saw the camera pointing at me while I was talking to Ben Nuttall, so I thought I’d give them an interesting shot in the hope that they’d use it. Here’s the result. This made it to the web supplement, but I don’t think it was aired in the end.
It seems that 10″ IPS LCDs are fashionable at the moment ;). It just so happens that we have one in the pipeline too. You probably already knew about it without realising. If you’ve been to a recent Cambridge Jam, you’ve already seen it. It’s not a replacement for the original 9″ HDMIPi, it’ll be a new addition to the range.
I bet many Pi and HDMIPi followers will be familiar with the HDMIPi UNICEF Lebanon project, which was covered on the Raspberry Pi blog in May 2014 and also reblogged on the UNICEF Stories website.
We didn’t have enough 9″ enclosed HDMIPis for UNICEF’s initial requirements, and our driver board wasn’t ready, so we got hold of a temporary solution, which was a larger, slightly more expensive model.
It just so happens that this larger, slightly more expensive model is a 10″ IPS screen. We’ve been planning to do something with this screen too, but figured it was time to let you know about it in case you were looking to get a 10″ IPS screen at this time. IPS is a newer technology, which gives a wider viewing angle. It is lovely, but it is also more expensive (so it wasn’t practical for the original HDMIPi KickStarter “low cost” brief).
I have one of these installed in my workshop as a video monitor and it is a simply gorgeous screen. Our Chinese suppliers also have a capacitive touch overlay panel for it. We hope to receive a trial sample of this overlay shortly.
Use With HDMIPi Driver Board
Our HDMIPi driver board works beautifully with this LCD as well, so you can have all the HDMIPi advantages…
- 2 HDMI ports (switchable source while using)
- Connect any HDMI device up to HDMI 1.4
- Pi power port (1A USB power port)
- 12V power port
- 5.2V power port
- 3.5mm audio jack breaking out high quality HDMI sound
- Lovely clear user guide written in proper English
- And if you REALLY want to, you can even solder a VGA connector on the driver board
We’ll be working on a case design over the coming weeks.
The first tranche of LCDs and driver boards (1800) arrived at the Cyntech warehouse last week. I chased over there on Friday to meet Dave, freshly back from his holiday. We put together a trial fit of the parts and here is the first one built from production stock.
I took this one to display at the Cambridge Jam on Saturday.
B+ Back First Proto
Paul Beech from Pimoroni also came along to the Jam and brought me the first prototype B+ back.
We need to make a B+ back going forward, but all the KS rewards will ship with the model B back. A back for both wouldn’t work as it would be one great big hole.
We also discussed the hardware (nuts and bolts etc), some last minute design niggles and how to get ‘back on track’. It was a very useful meeting and I was very glad that he came over.
The case parts and hardware are now the rate-limiting factors, but we hope to have enough parts from Pimoroni to be able to start shipping the first HDMIPis next week.
And On Sunday, I Rested
Not! Sunday was my 45th birthday. I had about half a day off, but then needed to clear my bench in the workshop so I could get it ready for theHDMIPi assembly video shoot, which I spent most of Monday on.
Assembly Video Done
It’s 30 minutes of full HD and took many hours to upload the full 3.5Gb to YouTube. But I think it covers everything you could possibly need to know. (At least, I hope so).
If you ever need to find instructions for your HDMIPi, just go to http://hdmipi.com/instructions You can find this assembly video and the HDMIPi User Guide there too.
Current State of Affairs
We have boxes and boxes of stuff at the Cyntech warehouse. We have pretty much everything required to ship your HDMIPi except for some of the case parts.
We’re expecting the remaining case parts to start arriving in a couple of days and we will then start to ship. Here’s what we had on Wednesday…
We also have loads of USB leads and HDMI connectors…
We can’t wait to get on with it. We won’t get the remaining case parts all at once and it will take some time to pack and ship, so please bear with us. We’re currently kitting the parts we do have and hoping to start shipping on Tuesday.
Micro updates – often the latest photos at @hdmipi
In the last update I mentioned our ‘final sanity check’ on the production driver board samples. That happened this week. I received sample 1 on Monday and sample 2 on Wednesday. Jason from Cyntech got both his a couple of days ahead of me. (I’m abroad at the moment.)
Having examined, measured and tested 4 production driver boards (Jason and Alex – 2 each) we have authorised shipping, subject to a final QC check of driver boards and LCDs. This was not originally envisaged, but Jason found one or two connectors he wasn’t quite happy with. We want to minimise the chances of you receiving an unsatisfactory board, so we insisted on an additional QC check. Sadly it will cost us a few days, but we hope the shipment will leave China (air freight) next Tuesday or Wednesday.
Unresponsive Backers Chased
I emailed the 41 remaining backers who hadn’t responded to the survey on Sunday evening and again on Wednesday. I’m happy to say that we now have only 14 ‘orphan backers’ at the moment. We’re trying to minimise the number of these so that people don’t get the wrong idea later on and start saying rude things to/about us when they don’t get their goods. (How can we deliver if we don’t know where they live?) I suspect most of these folk had turned off notifications in their KS profile. This shows, that, annoying as some projects can be with their updates, perhaps switching off notifications isn’t the best idea? 🙁
The Manual is Pretty Much Finished
I’ve created a page on the HDMIPi web site where you can download the HDMIPi User Guide. It will also be the page to find the assembly guide when that is done. (Can’t do it yet as I haven’t got the final case parts.) Here’s the annotated shot of the production driver board from the manual…
Database Closing 31st August
We’ve decided to extend the database closing deadline, so you can still change address up until the end of August. In case you don’t know how, using the desktop version of the KS site, here’s how…
- log into KickStarter,
- Go to the hdmipi KS page
- scroll down to the reward you selected
- click on ‘your response’
- you should see your survey response now and you should be able to edit your address.
Apologies to anyone in the £2 or £10 reward categories. Some of you wrote in confused about surveys and address changes last time. These do not apply to you, only to people who will receive an HDMIPi screen (£65 and over).
The When Question?
We now expect to be able to start shipping in the first week of September. The QC check has cost us a few days, but we hope it will minimise the chances of people receiving potentially defective boards.
Have a good week-end