juergen
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Simple case idea: VHS-C cassette case as RasPi case

Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:05 am

Looking around in my home-office I had a simple idea, because I found some old VHS-C cassettes laying around. So why not putting the RasPi in an VHS-C cassette case?

The VHS-C cassette case is just a little bit larger then the RasPi board, so it fits perfectly. I only had to make some cut-outs for the plugs.

Half an hour later my case was complete. For better hold, I put a piece of antistatic mat under the board.

But now see the pictures of my simple VHS-C case ;)
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A simple 0-€-case for Raspberry-Pi...
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... it's transparent, so you can still marvel at your RasPi board ;)
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A match for better air condition ;)

Some other pics of my new self-made case:

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RasPi in action:


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Looking forward for comments ;)

recantha
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Re: Simple case idea: VHS-C cassette case as RasPi case

Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:19 pm

Looks lovely! Can you show us a picture of the inside of it, and how you fitted it in there? I'm just wondering what happens when you 'open' it!
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juergen
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Re: Simple case idea: VHS-C cassette case as RasPi case

Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:27 pm

Opening is just a little problem with this "prototype" ;) The problem is the overstanding USB-Port (see following pics). You can open the cover a bit, so you can pull out the board diagonal.

In my next attempt I will build it upside down in the cassette case (see last pic). But then the deeper installed ethernet port could be a problem, when you plug in a LAN cable.

Has someone an idea how to resolve this problem? For now I can live with this limitation. The main thing for me is, the board is protected and it looks cool ;)

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recantha
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Re: Simple case idea: VHS-C cassette case as RasPi case

Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:52 pm

It does look very cool. I was looking at server backup tape box the other day thinking "Hmmmm...".
I'm starting to see Pi boxes EVERYWHERE.
It's like the Sixth Sense, only not.
My Raspberry Pi blog with all my latest projects and links to articles
http://raspberrypipod.blogspot.com. +++ Current project: PiPodTricorder - lots of sensors, lots of mini-displays, breadboarding, bit of programming.

klog
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Re: Simple case idea: VHS-C cassette case as RasPi case

Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:45 pm

@recantha

Yes! I had a look at the heap of unloved DAT, DLT, LTO cases under my desk a few days ago...
One of them seemed to be the right size (I used my ID badge as a gauge!).
...except that they're polytheney - not as smart as acrylic.

I'm trying to figure out if it's possible to support the corners in some sort of notched pillars.

Maarten
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Re: Simple case idea: VHS-C cassette case as RasPi case

Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:54 pm

Wow, nice! Style-wise its in line with what my Pi is currently wearing;

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Only mine is way bigger.... but then again mine has built in WiFi, Bluetooth, extra storage space, USB hub and some proper power management 8-) Plenty more space for future additions too!

recantha
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Re: Simple case idea: VHS-C cassette case as RasPi case

Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:48 am

Maarten - could you give us a look inside the case and an idea of how you made it?
I can't imagine there's many people over 25 who _haven't_ got a spare VHS lying about somewhere!
My Raspberry Pi blog with all my latest projects and links to articles
http://raspberrypipod.blogspot.com. +++ Current project: PiPodTricorder - lots of sensors, lots of mini-displays, breadboarding, bit of programming.

Maarten
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Re: Simple case idea: VHS-C cassette case as RasPi case

Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:15 am

recantha wrote:Maarten - could you give us a look inside the case and an idea of how you made it?
I can't imagine there's many people over 25 who _haven't_ got a spare VHS lying about somewhere!
Sure! Ill open a separate topic later today (don't wanna take over this one).

forumisto
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Re: Simple case idea: VHS-C cassette case as RasPi case

Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:39 am

Maarten wrote:Wow, nice! Style-wise its in line with what my Pi is currently wearing;

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Only mine is way bigger.... but then again mine has built in WiFi, Bluetooth, extra storage space, USB hub and some proper power management 8-) Plenty more space for future additions too!
I want one like this !!

Maarten
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Re: Simple case idea: VHS-C cassette case as RasPi case

Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:34 pm

Well, i just made my own little thread, check it out;
http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 40&t=12925

Respectech
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Re: Simple case idea: VHS-C cassette case as RasPi case

Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:41 pm

I was going to post a topic on how to make a RPi case out of a VHS-C case, but I see it has already been done. Mine looks a little different because it is a different kind of case. However, it is very easy to open up because of the different design. Because of the way the case closes around the connectors, the RPi can't move around hardly at all, so it is a pretty tight fit when the case is closed, but yet easy to remove, even with the SD card still inserted.
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Re: Simple case idea: VHS-C cassette case as RasPi case

Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:16 pm

recantha wrote:I'm starting to see Pi boxes EVERYWHERE.
It's like the Sixth Sense, only not.
Cole Sear: I see Pi cases.
Malcolm Crowe: On the internet?
[Cole shakes his head no]
Malcolm Crowe: While your offline?
[Cole nods]
Malcolm Crowe: Pi cases like, in packets? On shelves?
Cole Sear: Sitting around like regular items. They don't see each other. They only see what they want to see. They don't know they're Pi cases.
Malcolm Crowe: How often do you see them?
Cole Sear: All the time. They're everywhere.


SPOILER

The kicker is, that Bruce Willis' character doesn't know he is a Pi case.

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