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ModMyPi Raspberry Pi Case Offers 5% Back To the Foundation

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the case-by-case dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "The Raspberry Pi Model B is now available to purchase, but most people are still waiting for new stock to be manufactured and delivered. In the meantime you can prepare for the tiny PC's arrival by figuring out what to do about a case. The fact the Raspberry Pi ships without a case doesn't cause a problem when using it, but encasing it in plastic will help protect and keep the dust off the components. Geek.com has already reported on one case design from hobbyist designer Marco Alici, but now another one has appeared that actually has a release date, color options, and an extra incentive to purchase it."

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Quick! (2, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#39435063)

It's been a week since the last Raspberry Pi article, quick, let's create another that doesn't have much to say!

I had a girlfriend like that once. She'd phone me up in the middle of the night to see if I still loved her.

Re:Quick! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39435803)

Let me get this straight... you posted a contentless comment to complain about the lack of content, yet over-commentary on a given subject? Somehow I doubt the girlfriend story; First, this is slashdot, so I reject any claims of girlfriend/wife by default. In this case, though, I doubt that anyone near you is unclear on how you feel on any subject. I had a friend like you once... I had to unplug my phone at night to prevent him from calling me and telling me that he still didn't like infomercials.

Re:Quick! (1)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 2 years ago | (#39440421)

First, this is slashdot, so I reject any claims of girlfriend/wife by default.

If she's calling in the middle of the night she's likely to be a bunny boiler.

Even slashdotters can get that sort of girlfriend.

Re:Quick! (1)

MacGyver2210 (1053110) | more than 2 years ago | (#39436053)

Just for the record, every girl I've ever dated has done the same thing. You'd think women were insecure or something.

Re:Quick! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39436221)

Not stupid, just female. *hides*

Re:Quick! (4, Insightful)

am 2k (217885) | more than 2 years ago | (#39436245)

Or you're dating only insecure women, because you're insecure yourself?

Re:Quick! (2)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 2 years ago | (#39440331)

Who the hell is moderating today? None of the comments I've seen so far except the first one have anything whatever to do with the Raspberry Pi, yet these offtopic comments are being modded up!

WTF? I didn't come here to read about your damned love lives, I came to read about Pi cases. I plan on getting a Pi and building an MP3 player out of it, and maybe a complete entertainment system in time. I want to hear what others are planning to do.

But you guys just want to talk about your imaginary girlfriends. How about saving that for your damned journal, where it belongs?

Re:Quick! (1)

am 2k (217885) | more than 2 years ago | (#39440415)

Who the hell is moderating today? None of the comments I've seen so far except the first one have anything whatever to do with the Raspberry Pi, yet these offtopic comments are being modded up!

Well, I guess that's part of the complaint of the thread starter: There have been so many Raspberry Pi articles recently that there's not much on topic to talk about.

I personally plan to use my Raspberry Pi for XBMC (esp. for AirPlay) as a cheap replacement for an Apple TV.

Re:Quick! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39442495)

I was considering that myself and if they ever get around to producing Netflix on Linux using this for that express purpose.

Re:Quick! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39440431)

Sounds like someone needs a girlfriend.

Re:Quick! (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39436259)

this says far less about women in general than it does about the apparently limited subset of women who are interested in dating you. perhaps if you were less quick to generalise about the former set based solely on your experiences with the latter set, the size of the latter set would increase.

Re:Quick! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39437701)

Maybe you should have gone over there and exploited the situation, dummy.

Re:Quick! (1)

dotbot (2030980) | more than 2 years ago | (#39440071)

Any statement that universally quantifies over the empty set is trivially true.

Re:Quick! (4, Informative)

wanzeo (1800058) | more than 2 years ago | (#39436367)

Can't please everybody, but just the other day I thought about how I will mount my Pi when it comes, and now I have a solution handed to me, which even has an incentive that goes beyond meeting my material need.

That's the thing with slashvertisements, they don't bring much discussion value, but they are usually something unique and interesting that I would not have thought to search for. And as long as they don't seriously dilute the more substantial submissions, what's the harm?

Re:Quick! (3, Funny)

firefrei (2569069) | more than 2 years ago | (#39437641)

Can't please everybody, but just the other day I thought about how I will mount my Pi when it comes

Am I the only one who was thinking something when reading this?

Re:Quick! (1)

wanzeo (1800058) | more than 2 years ago | (#39437765)

Mmmmm, I like the warm raspberry kind the best.

This is not the post you're looking for. (0)

Required Snark (1702878) | more than 2 years ago | (#39436421)

Why are you bothering to post here?

If you really think this is all useless and not really going to happen, then why don't you ignore it? That would be the reasonable thing to do.

By posting here, you are drawing attention to something that you don't like. No one compelled you to read any of the posts about the Raspberry Pi system. If you are right, ignore it and it will go away.

Your position is self contradictory. What is wrong with you>

Re:This is not the post you're looking for. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39437149)

He's like the kind of guy who phones his girlfriend up in the middle of the night, and says "I know you were wondering whether or not I loved you..."
Personally, a printed Pi Shell seems like a pretty cool thing to know about. I personally don't care to manufacture my own case, and I don't own anything from a 3D printer yet, so lotsa "neat" in there for me. I wonder if my girlfriend knows about this? Maybe I'll phone her at 3 AM and ask.

Re:Quick! (1)

RoboJ1M (992925) | more than 2 years ago | (#39438539)

Did you?

Re:Quick! (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#39443321)

Not for very bloody long.

Re:Quick! (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 2 years ago | (#39441061)

I had a girlfriend like that once. She'd phone me up in the middle of the night to see if I still loved her.

Location: MightyMartian's bedroom.
Time: 03:15.
(phone rings, MightyMartian answers the phone)

MightyMartian: Hello? Who the hell is calling me at 03:15?
Caller: Hello MightyMartian, it's your girlfriend! Do you still love me?
MightyMartian: Oh damnit, fuck you.
Caller: Okay, I'll be right over! I love you too!

Re:Quick! (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#39441415)

Not very far from the truth at all.

ModMyPi Offers 5% Back To the Foundation? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39435065)

So it has come to this.

Re:ModMyPi Offers 5% Back To the Foundation? (0)

darkfeline (1890882) | more than 2 years ago | (#39435687)

Did you just quote XKCD? So, it has come to this.

Only available for pre-order (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39435081)

I wouldn't say that they're ready for purchase, seeing as how I pre-ordered mine at launch and it hasn't shipped yet.

Re:Only available for pre-order (1)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 2 years ago | (#39435477)

Or given that the first round sold out almost immediately and the next batch isn't due until August (according to Newark's inventory, anyway). So yeah, saying that they are "available for purchase" is something of a stretch....

At this rate, I'm not expecting to be able to bulk order in the quantities I'd be interested in buying until at least 2013, by which time I doubt I'll still care.

Re:Only available for pre-order (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#39436165)

It's the Amazon, Reebok, Walmart, and Apple model. Advertise new goods and only provide enough to satisfy the first 10% of customers while the other 90% are left on waitlists.

Re:Only available for pre-order (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 2 years ago | (#39439009)

it doesn't seem that they satisfied _any_ customers. take a look at pi's forums. threads which ask where the first batch is get closed, because it's irrelevant apparently. hadn't taken a look in a month and golly, it's the same state as 3 months ago. or 6 months ago. it's like it's an investment scam forum. it's like steorn forums, not good for finding information but good for finding pie in the sky dreams about what you could do with the product and the fanboism shows in the mod process. actually it's like steorn and investment scams in that sense too, they've outsourced forum moderation to outsiders - that way they don't have to get their hands dirty and the forum stays clean while they do the talk to the hand because the mouth isn't speaking dance. in other words it's a fucking cult.

Re:Only available for pre-order (1)

bsane (148894) | more than 2 years ago | (#39439095)

Exactly- I'm half expecting to lose my $35 (+ god knows what shipping and taxes, since that wasn't clear when I ordered). This _might_ still work out, but I'm not holding my breath. They've already raised the prices- while claiming it was a good thing, and clearly scrubbing their forums to remove any dissent or even questions about their price and borderline(?) lies about their manufacturing status. It reeks of scam.

The other similar experience though was the galileoscope- which was run by well meaning folks, but ended up being a similar disaster. Originally quoted price $15, a year later when they finally got a small number out the door- $25. I eventually got one at that price, and gave up on any notion of buying them as gifts, or recommending them. I happened to look recently, and they're now $50 singly, or $25 in batches of 6. $25 isn't a bad price, but considerably different price point than $15, especially since I have to buy 6 at a time. $50 is outrageous.

Free hat! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39435165)

You need the case on or it will drop your connection.

fuck the raspberry pi (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39435299)

You refused to accept a ~20% cost increase in the short term, eliminated as production is ramped up, to keep manufacture local.

You repeatedly evaded attempts to cite the /specific/ crippling import tax you kept talking about.

This isn't like the BBC Model B. This is just a tacky Broadcom sideline.

Re:fuck the raspberry pi (1)

mattventura (1408229) | more than 2 years ago | (#39435539)

They're trying to make it as cheap as possible. Even TFA mentions this.

Re:fuck the raspberry pi (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39435603)

At the risk of implying a consideration of the long term effect or *shudder* morality into capitalist economics, it is cheaper to have a local manufacturing base than rely completely on some rights-ignoring nation half way across the world. Hell, in under a year I'm sure they could get local manufacuring ramped up to the point that any cost difference is negligible. This is all the more important when you are trying to set an educational example for future domain experts with your product.

And, frankly, the few people put off by having to pay an extra $5 for initial runs will be entirely offset by the PR coup of demonstrating that, yes, it is still possible to build stuff in the West.

But, like I said, it's clear that the Raspberry Pi is just a tacky Broadcom sideline.

Re:fuck the raspberry pi (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39437527)

Except that it wasn't cheaper or faster. Heck,even the tax structure was against them. Importing components was taxed while importing the finished board wasn't. It was their intent to build locally and wasn't possible at the price point they wanted to hit.

Re:fuck the raspberry pi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39437805)

Importing components was taxed while importing the finished board wasn't.

So the Foundation claimed.

We're still waiting for them to point-out the specific clause. No-one else seems to be affected by it.

Re:fuck the raspberry pi (1)

qxcv (2422318) | more than 2 years ago | (#39438109)

At the risk of implying a consideration of the long term effect or *shudder* morality into capitalist economics, it is cheaper to have a local manufacturing base than rely completely on some rights-ignoring nation half way across the world.

Uh-huh. Because the rest of the world is local to $YOUR_COUNTRY, and it's cheaper to produce electronics in $YOUR_COUNTRY because Anonymous Coward says so. Convincing.

We're still waiting for them to point-out the specific clause. No-one else seems to be affected by it.

Except all of the electronics manufacturers who are doing their production in $OTHER_COUNTRY and also seem unable to justify producing their electronics in $YOUR_COUNTRY.

Re:fuck the raspberry pi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39438301)

Except all of the electronics manufacturers who are doing their production in $OTHER_COUNTRY and also seem unable to justify producing their electronics in $YOUR_COUNTRY.

A single business doesn't care about what's going to happen in the long term. Businesses exist to satisfy the financial demands of their shareholders and executives, and getting "rich enough" without taking much risk means doing what seems quick and easy today. There are a few enlightened investors and entrepreneurs who don't operate like this - some of the richest people on the planet among them - but by far the majority do.

Re:fuck the raspberry pi (1)

introcept (1381101) | more than 2 years ago | (#39438647)

At the risk of implying a consideration of the long term effect or *shudder* morality into capitalist economics, it is cheaper to have a local manufacturing base than rely completely on some rights-ignoring nation half way across the world. Hell, in under a year I'm sure they could get local manufacuring ramped up to the point that any cost difference is negligible.

That'd be great if it were true, but it simply isn't. There's a huge amount of capital equipment, skills and expertise that's needed for efficient electronics manufacturing and a few hundred thousand boards is no where near enough to support this kind of investment. Cheap labour might give China an edge, but it's economies of scales and manufacturing experience that make them hard to compete with.
  I've been involved in outsourcing electronics manufacture from Australia and the Chinese companies we've dealt with provide better quality, take half the time and charge half the price of local manufacture, and these aren't sweat shops.

Re:fuck the raspberry pi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39439581)

but it's economies of scales and manufacturing experience that make them hard to compete with.

Exactly. Someone needs to have the balls to kickstart manufacturing in the West. Kinda like the evil pre-'80s socialist governments did all over Europe, and China has been doing for the past two decades. And Broadcom had the opportunity to plant a seed... but didn't.

Re:fuck the raspberry pi (-1)

bsane (148894) | more than 2 years ago | (#39435973)

They're trying to make it as cheap as possible. Even TFA mentions this.

And they've already raised the price to accommodate their resellers, so obviously price wasn't as fixed as they originally claimed anyway...

Re:fuck the raspberry pi (3, Informative)

QuantumLeaper (607189) | more than 2 years ago | (#39436413)

I paid $35 for the Raspberry Pi and $5 for shipping. I have no idea where you got the idea they raised there prices. Unless you live in a place that has nice VAT or some other local taxes..

Re:fuck the raspberry pi (1)

makomk (752139) | more than 2 years ago | (#39438643)

I think they eventually changed this after everyone yelled about it, but originally their selected retailers were adding hefty extra charges on top of VAT and shipping [raspberrypi.org] in quite a few EU countries. You may not have noticed the complaining because they stuck all discussion of the retailers and pricing in the off-topic section of the forum and closed a lot of the threads just like this [raspberrypi.org] .

Re:fuck the raspberry pi (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 2 years ago | (#39438791)

I think they eventually changed this after everyone yelled about it, but originally their selected retailers were adding hefty extra charges on top of VAT and shipping [raspberrypi.org] in quite a few EU countries. You may not have noticed the complaining because they stuck all discussion of the retailers and pricing in the off-topic section of the forum and closed a lot of the threads just like this [raspberrypi.org] .

psshh. the pi rdf means that you should be excited for a product that's both _cheap_ and _charitable_, if you got something negative that's OFF TOPIC. doesn't matter if there's no actual charity aspect(it's in pipeline) or if everyone involved is making money from the product. but it's not a product, since that would imply being a business selling to consumers which would imply some responsibilities.

(another offtopic note is that you can get android comps on a puck with hdmi out, remote control in etc for 70-80 bucks including shipping)

it would be nice if the next Pi article had something about some dude who received his pi doing something cool with his pi.

Re:fuck the raspberry pi (1)

thegarbz (1787294) | more than 2 years ago | (#39438439)

They're trying to make it as cheap as possible. Even TFA mentions this.

And they've already raised the price to accommodate their resellers, so obviously price wasn't as fixed as they originally claimed anyway...

ORLY? [alliedelec.com]

Lego Case (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39435585)

I figured I'd just build a small case for mine out of legos. Fun, easily modified, and undeniably geeky - if owning a Raspberry Pi isn't already enough of a geek sign.

Re:Lego Case (0)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#39436045)

I just looked-up the specs. What would I do with 256 MB of RAM? That's the same size as my P3 laptop and it runs slow as snails (using the hard drive as memory).

I guess I could run the Commodore Amiga OS (4), since it's nice and compact, but it requires a PowerPC not..... whatever Raspberry uses. Hmmm. Puppy Linux maybe?

Re:Lego Case (2)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#39436101)

For $25 though this would be fun to see my family's reaction. "What's that?"

A computer.
"THAT'S a computer?"
Yes.
"You're fooling me aren't you?"
No really it's a computer. Let me turn it on and show you. ;-)

Re:Lego Case (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39436657)

"Now play some YouTube videos!"
Jerky video...
"Bah, so it's not a real computer after all."

Re:Lego Case (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 2 years ago | (#39440847)

That exact thing happened to me in a bar the other day. I had my little notebook with me, tagging MP3s and somebody asks "Is that anything like a computer?"

I was dumbfounded for a second and said "it IS a computer" and showed them Google. Wound up looking up a dog show on YouTube for them, and reminded myself that having someone spill a beer on your computer isn't the only reason not to take it to the bar.

Re:Lego Case (3, Informative)

Lemming Mark (849014) | more than 2 years ago | (#39436341)

The hardware acceleration for video on the board is actually quite impressive. It can apparently decode 1080p video in real time, so even if it can't run a modern desktop very fast it can still be useful; there's a port of XMBC so you can use it as a media centre. You have to have proprietary drivers for the graphics acceleration but it's still cool. I'm not sure how integrated into the normal X11 stack these drivers are by now, earlier on in the project you'd just use the graphics library provided and drive the screen without X (as I understood it).

Re:Lego Case (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39436615)

The hardware acceleration for video on the board is actually quite impressive

And that's all there is. The CPU can't even run Ubuntu because Ubuntu requires a more current ARM version. 256MB of RAM is good for servers, but that's not the selling point, what with the expensive SoC and decoder licenses, is it? Here's what Mozilla lists as requirements for Mobile Firefox: "Installation requires about 17 MB internal or SD card storage and 512 MB of RAM". Oh, it also requires an ARMv7 processor. The Raspberry Pi CPU is an ARMv6.

The Raspberry Pi is a cellphone with a very low-end CPU, low-end RAM and a nice GPU. If you think you're going to get a FullHD desktop out of it which isn't going to drive you mad with slowness, good luck to you.

Re:Lego Case (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39437405)

Who cares if it can't run Ubuntu? Ubuntu, since the enforcement of Unity, has become the Windows ME of the Linux world. I've moved all my machines across to Debian 6 now and I have to say, all that stuff you think Ubuntu is giving you, it's not :-)

Re:Lego Case (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 2 years ago | (#39440063)

I agree. I've moved all my Linux needs to Debian as well. I find it a much nice experience to Ubuntu.

Re:Lego Case (3, Interesting)

ChunderDownunder (709234) | more than 2 years ago | (#39438377)

Ubuntu doesn't run because of Canonical's compilation settings. During a recent fosdem talk, an ARM/Linaro representative expressed dismay that 'armel' is defined differently between debian and Ubuntu.

Ubuntu are focussing on performance over 'legacy' CPUs - the latest debian ought to run - no speed demon, naturally.

As for firefox, well, gecko's not the only browser in town and until recently 256MB was commonplace on webkit-based Android and iOS (iPhone 3GS) devices. Some browsers optimise for performance, others memory usage.

Re:Lego Case (1)

makomk (752139) | more than 2 years ago | (#39438693)

Up until this point, there haven't really been any ARMv6 devices that you'd really want to run Ubuntu on anyway - from what I can tell they're pretty much all either ancient smart phones with small screens or headless embedded devices with no floating point support. Speaking of floating point, Debian's probably going to be quite slow on the Raspberry Pi because its ARMv6 version doesn't have hardware floating point support - it was aimed at those FPU-less embedded devices.

Re:Lego Case (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 2 years ago | (#39438875)

70 bucks, has case, wifi, android 2.3, hdmi out, 512mb, usb ports.. point being, pi isn't cheap. it's stripped down.
http://www.dealextreme.com/p/mini-1080p-android-2-3-network-media-player-w-wifi-tf-usb-hdmi-rj45-black-116857 [dealextreme.com]

  it would be nice for projects for hobbyists, but that's against their stated charity goal...

Re:Lego Case (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39448043)

Yeah, if it can't run ubuntu, it sucks. So long that it can run Windows Vista, I'm happy.

And I agree, 256MB of ram is worthless. Imagine if the PS3 only had 256MB... Oh wait.

What? The ipad has 256MB too? That explains why it's slow and was a failure. Nobody bought it because of the lags, stupid 256MB.

There's a lot of type of servers, it's not better for server that it is for desktop. Depending on the use it can be perfect or terrible for both situation.
But for you a server is a linux box with command line access and leet stuff therefore it can't use much ram, amirite?

Re:Lego Case (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39437331)

If you don't know what to do with 256MiB of RAM you are not the target market. 256MiB is plenty, you only think it is not because you're comparing with a laptop (which is a mistake; laptops are huge, expensive and power hungry (and, of course, fast, with lots of HD space, etc); the two are different beasts altogether).

Re:Lego Case (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39438507)

What would I do with 256 MB of RAM?

Almost anything you like apart from running an obese modern desktop.

256MB is eight PlayStation 2's.

Re:Lego Case (5, Insightful)

Muad'Dave (255648) | more than 2 years ago | (#39439313)

What would I do with 256 MB of RAM?

I love these sorts of posts. My first computer had 16K of RAM (TRS-80). I do hobby work with embedded controller CPUs [microchip.com] that have a whopping 384 BYTES of RAM, and I can do all sorts of cool things - take temp/pres readings and send them to the mother ship via ZigBee, etc.There are even TCP stacks for these sorts of chips that have somewhat more memory.

Re:Lego Case (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39440367)

My Nokia N900 only has 256MB RAM, and it manages to run a decent GUI on that. You'll be a bit limited in the multitasking you can do, but that is enough to do plenty of things.

Re:Lego Case (1)

jgrahn (181062) | more than 2 years ago | (#39444627)

I just looked-up the specs. What would I do with 256 MB of RAM? That's the same size as my P3 laptop and it runs slow as snails (using the hard drive as memory).

You're doing something wrong, then. My server is a PPC Mac Mini running Debian, and it has 256 MB of RAM. The desktop I used ~4 years ago had 32 MB or 64 MB, and ran Debian. No problems.

Re:Lego Case (2)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 2 years ago | (#39438305)

That's a great idea. I wonder if it would fit inside the death star that came with my buildable galaxy [lego.com] set. That would be awesome. I'll need to check today. Though I'm not sure how the ports would line up - maybe put a box around the board and then use the halves of the death star like bread on a sandwich. Might still look good. It will be fun trying out all kinds of options. I wonder if there would be a market for various themed cases.

Slashvertisement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39435723)

price = manufacturing + advertising + profit

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price = manufacturing + price * 0.05 + profit

price = (manufacturing + profit) * (1/0.95)

Sticking out ports (2, Insightful)

viperidaenz (2515578) | more than 2 years ago | (#39436023)

Its 3D printed, why does it have to have flat sides so the USB ports stick out? Why not have a non-flat side so the USB ports are properly protected...and the hole for the HDMI port shaped the like tHDMI port...
Please rename the headline to "Random guy designs case that doesn't quite fit a product that noone can get yet"

Re:Sticking out ports (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39436927)

Jesus, so make your own, Mr. Clever. Seriously. 3D printing is so cheap, put your design where your mouth is.

Re:Sticking out ports (3, Insightful)

Zaatxe (939368) | more than 2 years ago | (#39439551)

[...] 3D printing is so cheap [...]

*NOW* it feels like the 21st century! Finally!

Re:Sticking out ports (3, Insightful)

sten ben (1652107) | more than 2 years ago | (#39437841)

Actually the headline should be: "Random guy designs pi case that is annoying as hell, pledges money back to foundation to alleviate pain of using it".

The protrusion around the USB ports will create annoyances, ethernet cables won't "click" and lock into place due to the base being in the way and, as you said, the HDMI-port will probably create problems as well. Not really a shining example of good industrial design.

Beside all the bitching, there is a point here (4, Insightful)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 2 years ago | (#39438285)

All this bitching about the Raspberry in general and this case goes to show just how fucking hard it is to make a good solid product. We barely think about it but for every product out there we just use without issue, a hell of a lot of people spend a hell of a lot of time, just getting it right.

Take something as simple as a drinks can, you know the kind you get soft-drinks in. Once, they had pull of tabs, and those tabs had sharp edges and they got thrown away and people stepped on them with bare feet and got hurt. That is why nowadays, can's have a opening that opens inwards leaving all bits attached.

It took DECADES for this to change. It might now seem like rocket science but clearly it was.

Apple seems famous for good design yet its white mac-book air, the plastic one, when opened had rounded edges for the bit on your desk, and sharp edges for you to lay your hands on... not very comfortable at all. A minor issue? You would think BUT this issue is known about (how many keyboards have hard sharp edges to lay your wrist on?) and yet, Apple made this mistake again when the problem should have been known as well as the solution.

When you make a thingy like this raspberry board there a million things to think off, often things that someone somewhere has already solved but getting all that knowledge into one place has never been done (go ahead, point me to a resource where every mistake in designing say an MP3 player has been recorded, let alone with the solution) and so mistakes will be re-made and re-solved over and over again.

If you ever think of making your own product, estimate the time you need to make it, then add ten times that time to examine it against all other similar products so you can prevent making the same mistakes they did.

Good luck getting that approved for budget. So more then a hundred years after the first keyboards, we still get keyboards with hard sharp edges biting into our wrists...

And you worry about a cable not clicking.

Re:Beside all the bitching, there is a point here (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 2 years ago | (#39441129)

You should listen to what this guy says. People from Alpha Centauri are much more evolved than we are.

Re:Beside all the bitching, there is a point here (1)

ffflala (793437) | more than 2 years ago | (#39442263)

That's the first time I've ever heard a complaint about sharp edges biting into wrists. I was taught long ago that your wrists should not be resting on the keyboard when you type because it has the effect of bending your hand upwards, which compresses the wrist, and makes problems like tendonitis and carpal tunnel more probable.

It seems like increasing the resting comfort of an area upon which one's wrists shouldn't be resting in the first place would just ultimately serve to increase physical injuries.

Re:Beside all the bitching, there is a point here (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | more than 2 years ago | (#39446869)

They should make keyboards with integrated spikes

Re:Sticking out ports (1)

jimicus (737525) | more than 2 years ago | (#39438799)

Strikes me that the Raspberry Pi designers are as much at fault here - to my mind it looked like a perfectly nice case that was spoiled by an odd board design that didn't have the sockets all lined up relative to each other.

5% of what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39437099)

5% of the profits is not the same as 5% of the sales. While it's good to hear that ModMyPi will be kicking back to the Raspberry Pi foundation, I shudder at the thought of Hollywood Accounting.

Time to trick your Pi out (2)

DrXym (126579) | more than 2 years ago | (#39438259)

Buy a fancy case, a PSU, a universal all-in-one remote, a IR dongle, a bluetooth dongle, a USB hub, a wireless keyboard / touchboard, an HDMI cable, cable tidies and a nice back lit display to mount the unit on. All you need now is the Raspberry Pi board to stick in it.

Just for clarification (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39438459)

I'm not an "hobbist designer", as written in many blogs. I'm a Mechanical Engineer and I work as Industrial Designer since 2001 (see http://marcoalici.wordpress.com/info).
My case is designed to be printed by Shapeways (http://www.shapeways.com),using highly professional SLS (Selective Laser Sintering), SLA (Stereolithography), and FDM (fused deposition modeling machines. Nothing to do with the overall quality of home/DIY hobbyist fused-wire deposition processes. That's why it's not so cheap.
Just as a clarification. ;)

Best regards,
Marco Alici

Re:Just for clarification (2)

Ogi_UnixNut (916982) | more than 2 years ago | (#39439507)

Marco, thanks for the info! I am still waiting for my Pi, but will see what I do with it when I get it. Still, nice design!

Also, I'd recommend you get an account in future when you post, because AC accounts are always at low level (and therefore invisible to most people). We're not that bad here :) If I had mod points I'd mod you up, but I'm out at the moment.

Thanks for your work as well :)

Re:Just for clarification (2)

MarcoA (2601169) | more than 2 years ago | (#39440829)

I've never thought that I would have had something to write here, that's why I didn't have an account before! ;)

Re:Just for clarification (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39454845)

Well, you got one now! Welcome! :D

Also, if someone with an account does respond, especially with your first name at the top, people realise who the AC is, and mod you up to +5, so my fiendish plan worked :D hehehehe

Still, pretty cool work. Out of curiosity, what CAD package did you use to design it? I am thinking of getting into 3D printing, but still need to find some CAD software (preferably that works on Linux) so I can start designing.

Re:Just for clarification (1)

MarcoA (2601169) | more than 2 years ago | (#39459877)

Still, pretty cool work. Out of curiosity, what CAD package did you use to design it? I am thinking of getting into 3D printing, but still need to find some CAD software (preferably that works on Linux) so I can start designing.

I used Autodesk Inventor. For 3D printing you could just use a 3D modeller such as Blender. IMHO the only usable CAD software on Linux is VariCAD at the moment. But is not free, even if it's not so expensive.

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