I am writing on behalf of myself and my fellow Engineering PhD student. We have been working extremely hard for the last month to bring to you the Berry Box™, a transparent case for the Raspberry Pi.
The Berry Box™ is designed to be simple to assemble (no screws) with mounting holes that are compatible both with VESA and that world famous building block set we have all probably used (hint: begins with LE and ends with GO, there’s a “technic” in their somewhere). We have included a cut-out which will provide access to the GPIO connectors. And we are engaged in a full engineering analysis of the snap fit and overall case design.
Production will be right here in the UK. The production method will be injection moulding, like for any other plastic objects you may find at home. Worldwide shipping will be available. We will be creating a Crowd Funding page (WeFund/IndieGoGo) where backers will be able to secure their own Berry Box from the first batch. Anyone who backs us will get their Berry Box™ entirely at production cost price, because you will be the guys who make the mass production of the Berry Box™ possible! We are working out the exact costs right now, but we don’t expect it to cost any more than other cases.
We have some 3D printed prototypes done already, but the surface finish leaves a lot to be desired. Material selection is still being finalised, though for the transparent Berry Box it looks like we will be using HIPS or PMMA, both standard materials for this type of object. Colours will become available once the transparent Berry Box is off the ground.
Finally we would like to thank the Raspberry Pi foundation for inspiring us to do something constructive! As a big thank you, we will be donating a share of any income to the raspberry pi foundation. Stay tuned for further information and please feel free to engage us in a discussion about any aspect of the design, big or small. Our priority at the moment is to make the Berry Box™ available to you all as soon as possible, but rest assured we are also engaged in further development of this design and welcome any and all comments.