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Discussion in 'Pyra News' started by EvilDragon, May 26, 2017.

  1. EvilDragon

    EvilDragon Administrator Staff Member

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    Phew. That still took longer than expected - but I finally have good news for you.
    No, the cases are not here - yet. But I've arranged a pick-up for UPS tomorrow and the box with 50 cases is packed up and if UPS doesn't mess up, they'll finally arrive at my place early next week!

    What has happened, you ask? These should've arrived last week already...?
    Yes. And it was really annoying, doing daily phonecalls to catch up with everything.
    It felt like a déja-vù - the case was what delayed the Pandora for quite some time as well.

    Well, the now created cases with 3 different materials (so I can test and check the best one).
    Yes, they're all polycarbonate, but are still different materials.
    So they all look and feel a bit different.

    Additionally, they used a color coating on a few cases to show what's possible.
    Don't worry - it's not the same as painting the case (which is what happened with the Pandora).
    Coating is a proper way to add effects or paint. It's the same technique GPD uses for their devices.
    It's almost impossible to rub it off or wear it out.

    I've attached a few pictures. I'll receive these sample cases as well and will test the coating (yes, you'll see videos of that).

    IMG_20170525_164508.jpg IMG_20170525_164515.jpg IMG_20170525_164539.jpg IMG_20170525_164544.jpg IMG_20170525_164534.jpg

    According to my contact, they look better in reality than on the pictures.
    One especially looks like it loved to collect fingerprints - don't worry, I won't choose that one :D

    That's the status on the cases. Now, let's hope they'll assemble nicely and everything fits!

    But I've got some more news for you:


    The LCD Cables have arrived!

    The samples of the latest revision of the LCD Cables have arrived.
    I'll spend the weekend testing them. I expect them to be final though. The length has been measured multiple times with paper and foil material and the traces haven't changed, so there's no reason they shouldn't fit.


    The DPad is now final as well!

    As mentioned in some of my last posts, we've tweaked the DPad design a bit as the one we had on the keymat was a bit mushy.
    I received a printed version early this week, and could finally test that all issues are fixed.
    It feels perfect and works fine with the keymat.

    The moulds are already being updated and I should receive some samples within the next few weeks.

    The DPad was the last thing that needed to be fixed with the keymat - so the next samples should also be the final ones!

    If you want to see what we tweaked, I've attached various STL files for you to compare them yourselves.


    So much for today - hopefully with very good news next week!
     

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  2. AVahne

    AVahne Handheld-obsessed

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    Dear god those are BEAUTIFUL! Still going to wait for a dark/wine red color though.
     
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  3. Wally

    Wally Moderator Staff Member

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    Is this the last stuff to be done before FCC and mass production??

    I really like the Silver and Blue cases! :D
     
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  4. Silent-Hunter

    Silent-Hunter Advanced Member

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    Oh my goodness I want the blue one!
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    There's no chance of the FCC refusing certification is there?
     
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  5. zacharycramer00

    zacharycramer00 Still Fresh

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    Oh boy I'm so excited! I can't wait till I can play all sorts of fun homebrew games!

    Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
     
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  6. 0x14f

    0x14f Still Fresh

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    Gorgeous! It's funny how they decided that baby puke green is a viable choice for showing off their tech, but matte black is a no :).
     
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  7. Arkay Firestar

    Arkay Firestar Member

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    Please for the love of god no one ask for glossy black. Having to baby it for scratches and fingerprints completely invalidates the use of a polycarbonate.
     
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  8. Djhg2000

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    This post is what I'll remember every time I see "gold" colored plastic from now on.
     
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  9. Swordfish II

    Swordfish II Very Active Member

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    Boo shiny, and boo silver. No black one? the last one looks a bit grey, also the last one looks like something is off with the right side hinge.
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    IIRC the boards need to be finalized with testing, The case samples need to be acceptable, then go into production.... a couple more weeks for the keymat samples before keymat production can begin.

    So 5-6 more months is my rough estimate for the first production ones to go out the door, if everything is perfect...so plan on longer.
     
  10. Kev2442

    Kev2442 Still French

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    OH YES. NEWS AT LAST.
    They're all looking real good. But I think the last one is a bit closer to the "fantastic" tier. Love them colored matte reflections.
    Get one with a bit less glitter and I think we're sold on the black configuration.
     
  11. TrashyMG

    TrashyMG Sarcasm Dispenser Staff Member

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    Oh my, that blue.
     
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  12. comradekingu

    comradekingu Glowing ember

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    So if i lose my Pyra down a set of concrete stairs, onto a drop and some gravel, etc. Can i just sand down the black to now be slightly concave, yes.
    But will the top layer even break down so far as to need that?

    Send one of the shiny ones through some testing.
     
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  13. Neelix

    Neelix Insecticidal Maniac

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  14. ible

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    definitely like the black. speckles are nice.
     
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  15. second exodous

    second exodous Well-Known Member

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    I also hope this is a color option. It is funny that this was the color in the renders and it isn't one of the color options. I'll always think of the Pyra as that color even if I get a plain old black one.
     
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  16. levi

    levi Still fresh, damnit!

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    Yes, my favorite is also that matte off-black one. I can't tell how dark it is with a biased light source like in that pic, but if it is just a hair off black like I suspect, it's the one I want. Sure, the hinge is out in that photo but I suspect they don't have the hinge parts, so those cases are just stacked parts. And I can't see any injection marks on those lids, which is a big step up from the previous pics - I guess the difference is mainly the coating.

    I think we're still waiting for CPU board revisions, but hopefully videos of the finished prototype level units booting and browsing, or emulating some cool stuff can't be too long now. As I say hopefully, because if these fixed CPU boards aren't fixed that'll put us back a few weeks.
     
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  17. Caine

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    Summary for the pessimists among us.

    Bad news:
    - Cases still have not arrived yet, maybe/probably next week
    - Still in design/testing loop for LCD cables
    - We're doing another iteration on the DPAD. Hopefully this time it is really final.

    Good news:
    - We have some pretty pictures.

    In all honesty, those cases look pretty neat. Can't wait to see more of them.
    I hope they really arrive next week and in a less crushed form-factor this time.
     
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  18. benoitb

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    I like the baby puke the most.
     
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  19. tarator

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    Wow, I'm really amazed how great they look! Even the green(or gold?) one looks nice. The coating really does the trick! Now I'm somehow happy that FormFactors took it's time to produce the samples.
    If this should be the final colours, I would still go for the dark grey/black one (ok... now I feel conservative).

    @EvilDragon please provide some photographs with a good depth-of-field (F-Stop 8 or above would be nice ) once they've arrived and some prototypes are assembled.

    I can tell you: I'm really excited about this project. I never had so much pleasure when buying stuff :)
     
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  20. ClockworkCoder

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    The last photo almost looks like gunmetal grey, but I suspect it's just matte black. Either way, that's definitely my favourite.

    Down the line would also like to see retro beige as an option :)

    Everything is sounding like we're not far off. What's the current status with the 4GB issues? Is that still being tested?
     
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