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PokeParadox

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I'm really excited for the pyra and will do my best to import one for me, but one thing that got me thinking, don't you worry that the pyra will hit the market with a already obsolette hardware or have I missed something?
There are a fewof points:
  • It's difficult to get the latest and greats CPU/SoC and out to market quickly if you are not Samsung/Apple/etc.
  • Technology moves on and to an extent you can never be on the bleeding edge.
  • The Pyra is built with future upgradability in mind. The intention is to release SoC upgrade boards in the future, or at least leave the possibility to do so open.
  • If you take a look at the Pandora, you could consider that the specs are really obsolete, but it's still a very usable PocketPC/Console. I suspect we will see something similar in terms of the Pyra. The software will continue to be tweaked to push the hardware to the limits.
 

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The case part received a small last-minute change:
In order to improve the logo on the backside, it was decided to make the logo surrounding with laser-cut aluminium.
Doing it fully in plastic would make it either look cheap or would extremely difficult to produce reliable and seamless.
Hmm, needs the finished, assembled parts to see if it is looking well. I would have prefered a real seamless solution without a visible frame around the actual logo, but if it is not possible otherwise, why not. If it fits flush and the surface and colours are done right, it should look well enough. But if done wrong, it will look much "cheaper" than the first design for sure.
 

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I'm not a fan of the cosmetic aluminum/metal accents that are on a lot of the electronic gear lately. The metal-looking band around the edge of my Samsung phone is, IMHO a bit of silliness to be 'more like' the actual metal band that Apple used - then figured out that it killed radio (phone) performance. It's a lot of non-feature chasing - and makes for an expensive logo.

However, if it is a dramatic effect that you're after, though, reverse that plan and make the rounded square surround translucent and the dp logo itself out of laser cut aluminum so that it is a metalic shadow on a lit field.
 

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Will it be possible to replace the metal plate with another logo?
 

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Some quick update:
As Nikolaus received the case as well, he could test the speakers and they're working fine as well.

He also started to add some capacitors to fix the stability, and while it wasn't fully fixed on first try, it improved a lot.
He was able to run the stress test on one CPU for 20 minutes - and that heated up the SoC up to 70°C.

So yep, it REALLY will get hot when you fully use both CPUs to a maximum.
 

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With a device named Pyra you expect it to become a bit hot, right?
I already see the advertisement: "A Pyra gives you that warm feeling."

Thanks for the update ED.
btw. I got my ticket for Gamescom so this year I'll also be there at the first day (Wednesday).
 

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How warm does the CC Pandora's CPU get in comparison?
The CC Pandora at worse is as warm as a hot summer day. The only real time I felt it hot to the touch was when I had it charging on my couch and it slipped under some blankets.
 

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Yes RGB LED even.
Great! Would we be able to set the colour depending on what we doing? For example :

- Red while playing

- Blue while idle

- Green when running other software (something else than games)

- Glowing when downloading

If it's RGB, we would be able to have colours like orange, purple, or yellow, right? Does the colour switching would drain the battery life?
 

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If it's RGB, we would be able to have colours like orange, purple, or yellow, right? Does the colour switching would drain the battery life?
Yeah it should have a full spectrum of colors, switching itself won't really cause any noticeable drain. an RGB LED is typically comprised of 3 LEDs, so which color and intensity used will consume different amount of power... but It won't be significant maybe at most a difference of a minute or so on a full duration of a battery charge. Ideally turning off the LEDs will gain you the most power savings.
 
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Great! Would we be able to set the colour depending on what we doing? For example :

- Red while playing

- Blue while idle

- Green when running other software (something else than games)

- Glowing when downloading

If it's RGB, we would be able to have colours like orange, purple, or yellow, right? Does the colour switching would drain the battery life?
Yes, Ed said as much before. Someone may need to write the specific software for that though.
 
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