Proto Armour Protective Enclosure Hardware Now Available for Raspberry Pi

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MobileApp Systems, a developer of mobile software and hardware solutions for demanding applications, is proud to announce the immediate availability of Proto Armour, a system of protective enclosure hardware designed for today's most popular development platforms, including the ubiquitous Raspberry Pi credit-card-sized computer.

Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi

Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi

Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi offers wrap-around protection and supplements the board's limited non-standard mounting capabilities with a host of structural support and standardized mounting features.

MobileApp Systems, a developer of mobile software and hardware solutions for demanding applications, is proud to announce the immediate availability of Proto Armour, a system of protective enclosure hardware designed for today's most popular development platforms, including the ubiquitous Raspberry Pi credit-card-sized computer.

Proto Armour is a system of protective enclosure hardware designed for today's most popular development platforms. Engineers and designers save months of development time through rapid prototyping and tool re-use, and often take advantage of modular development platforms offered by embedded processor manufacturers. These evaluation boards and reference designs are generally used to evaluate the suitability of an embedded device for use in a new product design. Successful evaluation typically leads to the development of a prototype that approximates the functionality of the new product. Subsequent prototypes are built having additional features and functionality until the final product design is complete and released to manufacturing. It is often desirable to use an off-the-shelf evaluation board throughout several rounds of prototyping, however the board suppliers rarely offer enclosure hardware suitable for use with their products. Proto Armour is designed to meet this challenge with a system of protective enclosure hardware designed for today's most popular development platforms.

Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi is a protective enclosure designed specifically for the very popular Raspberry Pi credit-card sized computer. Students, engineers and designers alike, all love the Raspberry Pi for its small size and big list of features and capabilities. While low cost and strong community support top the feature list, an area that challenges many Pi enthusiasts however is experienced first hand while breaking out connections to external hardware and peripherals. Attaching a few cables to the board immediately reveals how lightweight the device is and how vulnerable it is to physical harm. The Raspberry Pi, like most other development boards, is a small fully exposed circuit board with limited non-standard mounting features. Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi offers wrap-around protection and supplements the board's limited non-standard mounting capabilities with a host of structural support and standardized mounting features.

FEATURES

  •      Durable Construction
  •     Structural Modular Design
  •     Passive Cooling
  •     LED Indicators
  •     Security Friendly
  •     Affordable

DURABLE CONSTRUCTION
Experimentation is often performed outside the safety of a lab environment. Gadgets usually contain breadboards and sensitive electronics that require a layer of protection, or better yet - a layer of armour. Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi is made from aircraft-grade aluminum using state-of-the-art CNC equipment at our facility in Orchard Park, New York USA. Parts are machined to exacting specifications, resulting in an enclosure that fits your Pi like a glove. Many surface treatments are available, ranging from a cost-effective bare metal finish, to a professional looking anodized coating in a variety of colors.

STRUCTURAL MODULAR DESIGN
Gadgets sometimes require external components or subsystems that are mounted close by. Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi features an assortment of threaded holes and structural reinforcements that facilitate the mounting of external components and subsystems directly to the case. Other versions of Proto Armour protective enclosure hardware is compatible with a variety of platforms such as Arduino development boards, Freescale Freedom Platform, and 'mbed' modules from ARM. In most cases, Proto Armour hole spacing allows for interlocking several enclosures into a single assembly. Accessories such as brackets and spacers are designed to be compatible across the product line where possible.

PASSIVE COOLING
The Raspberry Pi supports over-clocking, but this practice generates additional heat that could damage the board. Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi dissipates heat from the CPU, Ethernet controller, and voltage regulator. Three heat sinks are machined directly into the top half of the housing and interface with each heat source using a thermally conductive pad.

LED INDICATORS
The Raspberry Pi includes five LEDs that indicate various status information. Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi features five though holes, each perfectly aligned with a Pi LED. Acrylic light pipes are included that conduct LED illumination to outside the enclosure for easier viewing.

SECURITY FRIENDLY
The Raspberry Pi is a very cool gadget. Whether it is a classroom setting where several Pi boards need to be attached to student benches, or at a hackerspace meetup where a new creation is on display, it is critical to properly secure sensitive and valuable hardware. Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi is assembled using machine screws that are threaded from the bottom and hidden from unintended guests. The included through holes facilitate mounting the enclosure directly to a tabletop using special tamper resistant screws. Cover plates are also available to prevent cable detachment and memory card removal.

AFFORDABLE
While functionality and quality are equally priority number one, affordability goes without being said. In line with the Raspberry Pi's cost effective design, Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi is designed for manufacture, resulting in a lower cost of manufacture that enables low cost of ownership. New enclosure and accessory design is a careful balance of functionality, robust construction, and affordability for all.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi is available immediately at the MobileApp Systems Store for $35.00.
Several additional enclosures and accessories are also available including Proto Armour Tinker Edition, and Proto Armour Universal Edition. More details and product photos can be found on the MobileApp Systems Web site.

Evaluation units will be available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the school, website, blog, magazine or hacking group you represent when making your request.

ABOUT MOBILEAPP SYSTEMS
MobileApp Systems is located in Orchard Park, NY and specializes in the development of solutions based on the latest mobile platform technologies. With a focus on applications and hardware as a system, MobileApp Systems is delivering high reliability solutions for demanding applications.

To purchase Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi on the MobileApp Systems Store, visit:
http://store.mobileappsystems.com/100052

For additional information on Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi including product photos, visit:
http://www.mobileappsystems.com/hardware/protoarmour/raspberrypi

For additional information on the entire Proto Armour product line, visit:
http://www.mobileappsystems.com/solutions/protoarmour

Visit the MobileApp Systems Store:
http://store.mobileappsystems.com

For additional information on MobileApp Systems, visit:
http://www.mobileappsystems.com

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