On Thursday afternoon at 15:27 I launched my first KickStarter campaign. It’s called HDMIPi, (pronounced HD My Pi). Basically, it’s a 9 inch HDMI screen with 1280×800 pixels, so it’s high-definition, but not full HD.
Since the Pi’s fantastic GPU can handle HD, an HD screen seems desirable. But small HD screens are stupidly expensive. So, in the spirit of Pi, we thought we’d see what could be done to bring the cost down.
Only one way to get the cost down
The only way it can be done is by buying them in large quantities, so we’re using a KickStarter campaign to fund a minimum order of 1000 screens, HDMI drivers and cases. This needs £55,000. Yikes!
If we could order them by the million, the price would start to get really interesting, but we’re starting with 1000 and we’ll see where that goes. Even 1000 is a big leap of faith for two individuals. By KickStarting it we have the chance to test the market without risking a large amount of capital up-front. (The main risk being that people wouldn’t buy it. We already have it working. I don’t really need 1000 screens. I reckon I can manage with 10.)
So what’s it like?
Really sharp and good quality. This photo shows how good it is. You can click it for the 6 Mb full resolution photo and zoom in as far as you like. I can’t put files this large on KickStarter, so it’s here instead.
Big thanks to the supporters
Gareth from 4tronix was very quick off the mark and was the first person to back the project. Gareth has some very interesting robotics products. I have one in for review. I’ve been somewhat distracted the last couple of days. I’ll get to it, I promise.
We also got some great tweets, links, Google+ posts, blog entries etc. from a lot of Raspberry Pi community members. I’d like to say a great big thank you to Liz for giving us a prominent plug on the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s blog
It’s kind of weird. I’m normally one of the first to blog about things, but this time everyone else has got in ahead of me. But that’s OK. Thank you all for your continued support.
Half way in a day
We seem to have hit on something. I knew from going to Jams that a small HDMI screen would be really useful, but I always balked at the cost.
In the first 24 hours we made 53% of our funding goal, which is beyond all my expectations. When you consider that we need £55,000 to get this project off the ground, it’s a fair old chunk of cash. We need that much to be able to buy at least 1000 sets of parts.
As it stands right now (11:22 on Saturday November 2nd, 44 hours in) we have 88% – awesome! Nearly there. You can see an up to date figure in the widget on the right-hand side of this page.
For once, I didn’t make the video myself. We thought it was time to bring in the professionals. We were really pleased with the video Oxyfire made for us to promote the campaign. They’re a really professional production company and the results speak for themselves…
Possible Stretch goal ideas
Here are the stretch goal ideas that have come up so far. In case you don’t know, a stretch goal is an incentive for existing backers to keep promoting the campaign. A target is set, such that if it’s reached another feature is “unlocked”.
So here are the ideas. We’re not sure which, if any we can do, but let us know in the comments if you think of others…
- touch overlay
- 5V regulator to power the Pi (on the HDMI board?)
- short HDMI cable, maybe angular
- a small speaker
- vesa mountable surround?
- Vesa mount attachment
- stand built into case
- case slot for camera
- car mount
- ‘barn doors’ type shield for outdoor use
- alternative back plates to allow mounting of things externally