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The Future of the Spin Case

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Quick Update:
At this point the Spin Case has successfully funded on Kickstarter. My number one goal is to complete production and ship to my backers.  So far it has taken longer than expected, but for good reasons.  Within the last week of my campaign I added the power module and within the last 24 hours I added a storage module.  Along with these two new components I also added an upgraded RPi holder machined from nylon.  Some might think, “So why would it take that much longer?” The easy answer is that every new component has to fit well with the others… not a quick task to test.  After nearly two months of several iterations AFTER the campaign completed, the designs were complete and into production.

I get a lot of emails asking if the Spin Case will be for sale anytime soon.  I’m going to say yes for now, but I’ll be evaluating the long term availability once I check the overall cost as well as my personal time needed in keeping the Spin alive.  If you want to buy one, contact me and I will email you a link to a site where you can purchase one once they’re available.

Finally, do you like spam?  Me neither.  For that reason I’ll be shutting down the comments section of my blog due to the excessive amounts of spam but again you can always dialogue with me via the contact page.

How About a Logo?

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Product design and manufacturing are my specialties and just because I own Illustrator and Photoshop doesn’t mean I can (or should) make a logo for the Spin case.  That’s why I turned to a professional graphic designer.  Here’s a couple reason which might benefit anyone interested in turning their project into a legitimate product.

First, I know my eye’s limitations when it comes to good graphic design.  There’s always someone out there that sees things just a little differently yet is able to communicate my intended message.  I think the idea of incorporating circuit board vias and traces into a circular shape is genius.  Since I don’t deal with electronics much, I would have never thought to incorporate those design elements.

Second, even if I were a talented jack-of-all-trades, it would not be wise to spread myself thin across every aspect of development of the Spin case.  Instead, I chose to focus on what I do best.  By rounding up others to apply their expertise gives the project a professional touch from initial idea to product launch all at a faster development pace.  If I did everything myself the Spin case would be a good design surrounded by a lot of mediocrity and arrive late to the party.

Enough talk… let’s check out the logo.

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The more I look at them, the more I think these logos need to live on T-shirts too.  What do you think?

Stress Free Pi

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Let’s dig into some of the design features of the Spin.  One thing ignored by most case designs is cable management.  Using a Raspberry Pi usually means you’ll have at least 2-3 cables sticking out each side of the board and although connectors on circuit boards are pretty tough, over time these connections might get damaged from cable strain.

I wanted to take any stress off of these components and transfer them to the chassis which is the strongest part of the case. In reality, the HDMI and power cable turns a full 270 and 180 degrees respectively out the back of the case. That’s why I needed to install several mounting posts to act as supports so that the chassis takes any strain off the board and keeps the cables nice and straight. It’s such a solid design that pulling on the HDMI cable is kind of like pulling on a rope and pulley… it simply unplugs with no damage to the board or connector.

Cable supports transfer any cable strain away from the board and into the rugged chassis.

Cable supports transfer any cable strain away from the board and into the rugged chassis.

We’ve got Video

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Enjoy this video:

Technologies Used in Building the Spin

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In case you’re curious, here are the technologies used in the making of the Spin Case:

The Spin Begins

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I love my Raspberry Pi and I almost loved it before it every arrived at my doorstep. It had me hooked at $35 and 1080p. A device this cool deserved a case that is as impressive to the non-pi crowd as the Pi is to me. So let’s get started! Keep watching this blog for the process.