POCKET SIZED SUCCESSOR to the Sinclair ZX80 and runaway success story, the Raspberry Pi might be about to get its own monitor after a Kickstarter campaign to create a low cost 9in screen for it has exceeded its £55,000 goal in a single weekend.
The HDMIPi monitor from startup Raspi.tv presently stands at £81,996 on Kickstarter, an increase of £5,000 in just the last four hours. The concept behind the monitor is to create something small and affordable but with maximum 1920x1080 resolution. Even though the project has had to scale down its ambitions to 1200x800 resolution to fit the business plan, Raspberry Pi fans have flocked to crowdfund the device.
Put in perspective, that's higher than HD 720p resolution, or as they describe it, "slightly better resolution than the 720p HD footage on BBC iPlayer".
Monitor cases will be available in a variety of colours, designed by none other than Paul Beech, who designed the original Raspberry Pi logo.
Although primarily designed for the Raspberry Pi, the HDMIPi is a standard HDMI monitor and can be used for other devices - Android sticks, video cameras, games consoles and beyond.
Raspi.tv has pledged to ship orders in February 2014, delays permitting, and is already working on enhancements. It has described touch functionality as something that might become available as a bolt-on at a later date, saying that "enough people have mentioned it that we are sitting up and taking notice".
As ever with the Raspberry Pi ecosystem, everything is a bit Ryanair, and power supplies, surrounds and so on are not automatically included, though of course, in the true DIY spirit, you can always make your own. µ
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