Updates in all areas, spiced with case renders

Discussion in 'Pyra News' started by EvilDragon, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. EvilDragon

    EvilDragon Administrator Staff Member

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    Things are slowly adding up!

     

    Let's start with the biggest news first:

     

    1. The Case design

     

    The case design is basically finished.

    The only thing left is to print it, test it (together with the prototype PCBs) and make some final tweaks in case something doesn't fit properly yet.

    Then it's time to produce the moulds and two months later, we can start producing the case.

     

    During that timeframe, we can also choose the colors (together with the community, of course).

    I will probably publish a Blender file so everyone can work on color designs as well!

     

    I've rendered a few pictures for you.

    Don't worry - weird stairs-like artifacts you can see on the case are due to importing a CAD file into Blender - the Mesh had a too low resolution.

    In reality, these curves will be perfectly smooth.

     

    Now, what changed for the case since the last time I posted?

     

    The edges where your palms hold the device have been rounded.

    This should make playing a lot more comfortable.

     

    The lid edges will have the corners changed to be slightly rounded in order to fit there.

    You can easily see that in the picture here.


    ClosedLid.png
     

    On this picture, you can see the new rounded lid on the left side and the old (not rounded one) on the right.

     

    Full.png

     

    The shoulder buttons have been slightly tweaked so that the upper button has no dead spots (where you can't press them).

     

    Shoulder.png ShoulderInside.png

     

    Some minor change (just cosmetic):

    The front has been changed to look a bit more symmetric.

     

    I can't wait for the printed case :D

     

     

    Let's move on to the...

     

    2. LCD Cable

     

     

    Samples of Pyras LCD Cable will be ready in about 15 days (add some more for shipping).

    As you know, we tweaked it so that will (hopefully) not fail again.

     

    BTW: The LCD Cable of the Nintendo 3DS uses the same solution we do: Rounded edges everywhere.

    As the LCD Cable itself doesn't have any parts on it, it's also a lot cheaper than Pandoras (about 3 USD compared to the current 10 USD).

     

     

    Next up:

     

    3. The PCBs

     

    Nikolaus spent the last week populating the main prototype and display PCBs.

    These are now finished - the only thing missing is the Wifi module (read below).

     

    The layout for the CPU PCB is not yet finished (as Nikolaus didn't manage to clone himself yet), but as we're still waiting for one sample component, we couldn't populate those yet anyways.

    However, we can fully test the main- and display PCB without the CPU PCB as well.

     

     

    4. The rotator Chip

     

    Nikolaus just started to work on it today, but as with every MIPI device, it's a lot of trial, error and browsing through documentation to get the correct sequence.

    Let's hope he's lucky and will stumble accross the correct sequence within a couple of days.

    The manufacturer tries to provide as much help as possible as well.

     

    I'll keep you posted!

     

     

     

    5. Some stuff we need to solve

     

     

    Well, not everything is nice and wonderful in real life, and that's also the case with designing and producing a new device.

    The leadtime we got for the Wifi Chip is 30 (!!!) weeks - which is WAY too long.

    Jorjin (the module manufacturer) could produce them within a couple of weeks, but it seems to take exceptionally long to get the needed chipsets from TI right now.

    Also, some sample chips we ordered from TI two months ago haven't arrived (that's the part missing for the CPU PCBs).

     

    It's not a dealbreaker, as we know we can get these parts, but we surely don't want to wait that long!

    My contact to TI is on holidays this week, but I'll try to find a solution for that together with him next week.

     

    We're also currently looking for different Wifi SIP manufacturers in order to be able to have a solution that doesn't take 30 weeks.

    I'm sure we can work something out, but it's a bit of annoying work to do.

     

     

    So much for the news today. We're moving along :)

     

    In case there's a part of the case you want to take a closer look on, let me know and I'll render it :)
     
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  2. ekianjo

    ekianjo Hardcore Member

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    Careful about community color driven choice :) like we say, if you asked everyone what they want for lunch at the canteen everyday, "you would always get pasta".

    Can you get a render of the back side (with the ports) as well as the battery cover side ? :)  
     
  3. ShleeDragon

    ShleeDragon Pro-Catflip

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    That case design looks really high class ED. Looking forward to supporting your kickstarter sooner than later :)

    What's the keyboard layout?
     
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  4. jonlad1

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    +1 for the kickstarter!!!!
     
  5. sensi277

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    I'd like to know the dimensions of the case. How does it compare in size to the Pandora?
     
  6. thatgui

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    Great, this could also be usefull to reduce tangential force on hinge, if the top half gets pushed in another direction then the bottom half (which could easily happen in a pocket)
    How about connecting those two edges on the front side => also rounding the complete edge that faces the user, would make the device look slightly sleeker and would increase stability even more ?

    -1 for kickstarter (without !)
     
  7. codifies

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    -1 for kickstarter why give them money?


    I'd rather all the cash for my Pyra went where its supposed to... More chance of further development and a successful project without someone else taking a cut....
     
  8. Linux-SWAT

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    The render #2 is a Rebirth Pandora, don't try to fool us ED !
     
  9. matzesu

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    The 30 Weeks LeedTime for the Wifi Ship is realy to long


    But the other things sounds great


    Only wants to report, that i ditnt see this news in Tapatalk by new topic ..


    Only when i go direktly to the Pyra News Section..


    The Render looks great, ok it reminds a bit on the Pandora but you cant build such a device much diverent..
     
  10. ekianjo

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    The first Rebirth Pandoras were black though :)
     
  11. Foxgod

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    Great, tnx for the update, love seeing the progress on the Pyra.
     
  12. EvilDragon

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    Transparent case anyone? :D

    Transparent.jpg
     
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  13. bzar

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    I could go for a dark velvety matte grey pyra.
     
  14. matzesu

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    Whoar, this would be realy cool, please make it exaktly so..


    Only problem would be, that the Backlight would shine everywere not only to the buttons..


    And it would be soon less butifull because the scratches..


    But a Transparent Pyra would be pretty cool :)
     
  15. kAbaIaKH

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    It would be vulcanly /logical/ for such an open device as the Pyra. Just like the Fx0 with Firefox OS or Zero Cool's laptop in 'Hackers' movie. I could definitly 'sell one of my kidneys' for such a case. ;=)
     
  16. codifies

    codifies Very Active Member

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    I thought we'd all agreed RED :p
     
  17. sebt3

    sebt3 homebrew player (P. & C.)

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    Every colors are goods as long as it's deep black :p
     
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  18. sepulep

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    shiny ivory white, with gold inlays
     
  19. bzar

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    You mean like this dress?

    [​IMG]

    :p
     
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  20. sepulep

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    uh-oh, what did I do :ph34r:
     

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