How’s Manufacture Going?
The driver boards are scheduled to be manufactured at the end of July. The LCDs are currently with the suppliers and having their backlights fitted. The final case design has been signed off and the materials are at Pimoroni, who have just moved to new, significantly larger, premises and will commence case cutting very soon.
So, slowly, but surely the pieces are coming together.
Since the last update, the exciting news in the Piosphere is the launch of the new model B+. In this update we’ll go over how that affects HDMIPi. In brief though, it doesn’t affect things very much.
How Does the Raspberry Pi Model B+ Affect HDMIPi?
We had our first question about this the evening before the B+ was even launched. As we were privy to the B+ (under pain of death and NDA) I couldn’t answer until after the embargo was lifted. If you look at the photo below, you’ll see a model B+ on top of the existing HDMIPi setup. The HDMI socket dictates the position of the Pi, which will have to be moved up about 1.5cm for the B+.
All HDMIPi cases will ship with holes for mounting the B+ but there will need to be a new back plate. But, since nobody who backed the KickStarter had a B+, all HDMIPis will ship with the back to fit the existing model B. A new B+ backplate will be produced soon and marketed separately. You can’t really have a ‘one back fits all’ or it would be one great big hole.
The B+ backplate will need to have a larger GPIO slot and get rid of composite and audio jack holes. The large cutout near the top will need changing too. But our first priority is to ship HDMIPi before we start new variants.
Here’s a very short video I made explaining the above points…
B+ Working With HDMIPi
As a bit of background, here’s a video I produced on the Raspberry Pi B+ At about 5:40 you’ll see it working with HDMIPi…
User Guide First Draft
I’ve been working on the HDMIPi user guide. There will be a user guide and an assembly guide. The user guide will help you get the most out of your HDMIPi by guiding you through the control menu system.
The assembly guide will show you how to put it all together. That can’t be started until we have the final parts. But here’s a little preview of the early draft User Guide…
What of the Case?
Here’s a copy of an annotated, photoshopped backplate design ‘drawing’, showing some of the final tweaks. (The comment about the ribbon slot relates to the ‘middle’ piece, not the back.)
It’s going to have a ‘knockout’ closing the large gap. You can remove this if you want/need to. There will be a Pi camera mount point and 2 VESA mount holes, as well as the keyholes you see here already.
We expect to have received all the parts by the middle of August. We hope to be able to start shipping as soon as possible after that. It will take some time and not everyone can be first. We will do our best to get you your HDMIPi as soon as possible. Those who went for the early bird offers will be first in the queue. (It’s only fair.)
We still have about 50 KickStarter backers who have not responded to the survey. Please complete the survey if you haven’t done it already. Just log into your KickStarter account and it will show you a notification if you haven’t completed it. If you pre-ordered through Cyntech, please ensure that you have replied to their survey.
If you need to change your shipping address, you can still do that yourself in your KickStarter account. We won’t be disabling this until probably the second week in August. We will publish an update when we freeze this facility.
We wish you a great week-end