Raspberry Pi Foundation announces official case for the Pi
It took them more than two years to bring this beautiful case to the market
By Swapnil Bhartiya, CIO
When I bought my Raspberry Pi 2 I wished there was an official case for the credit card sized computer. I had to hunt Amazon.com to find a decent looking case and while it was utilitarian, I still wasn’t completely happy with it.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation today announced the first official case for Raspberry Pi devices. It wasn’t an overnight thing. Gordon Hollingworth, Director of Software at Raspberry Pi, recalls that “Two and a half years ago, I found myself sitting in a car with Eben Upton [the project’s co-founder] about three days into my new job at Raspberry Pi. We discussed – among other things – everything we wanted to do with the Raspberry Pi hardware and with the products around the Pi. One of the things we discussed was an official Raspberry Pi case. We thought that it would be great to create something affordable, but with the kind of real beauty and design that our products try to encompass.”
There is always a story behind everything the Raspberry Pi Foundation does and this case is no exception. Do yourself a favor and read the whole story behind designing the device and bringing it to the market on the Raspberry Pi blog.
The case is already available directly from the foundation’s Swag site and partner sites. The case is made of five parts and can be taken apart. It’s 96mm long, 70mm wide and 25mm thick. The removable lid makes it easy to access ports for camera, display and GPiO. It is fully compatible with the newly released Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and Raspberry Pi Model B+.
The case is not the only accessory that the foundation makes. There is an official WiFi dongle (though most third party dongles will work on Pi, depending on the OS) and power supply. They have also created a camera module for the device that can be attached for capturing still images and shooting videos.
Don’t underestimate the camera. It is is capable of up taking photos up to 5 megapixels (5MP) (2592×1944 pixels) and can record video at resolutions up to 1080p30 (1920x1080x30fps). That’s not bad for $25.