Orchard Park, NY (PRWEB) July 31, 2013
MobileApp Systems, a developer of mobile hardware and software solutions for demanding applications, is proud to announce the immediate availability of Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi and Camera, the world’s first metal protective enclosure that combines the Raspberry Pi computer and camera module. This high-performance visual computing solution is both compact and extremely durable.
Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi and Camera is a protective enclosure designed specifically for the very popular Raspberry Pi credit-card sized computer and camera module. Students, engineers and designers alike, all love the Raspberry Pi for its small size, big list of features and low cost. The all- new Raspberry Pi Camera Module adds tremendous capabilities for experimentation and OEM video applications. Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi and Camera offers wrap-around metal protection and adds a host of structural support features and mounting options.
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 and Camera 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 and camera 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 and Camera 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.
Camera Board Mount
The Raspberry Pi Camera Module is mounted directly inside the case. Precision lens and activity LED ports are milled directly into the top surface of this durable housing. The module is held firmly in place with stainless steel screws and rubber bumpers. The kit includes a custom tripod mounting bracket with integrated 1/4-20 threaded hole.
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.
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.
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.
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 and Camera is available immediately at the MobileApp Systems Store starting at $45.00. Several additional enclosures and accessories are also available including Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi, 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.
To purchase Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi and Camera on the MobileApp Systems Store, visit: http://store.mobileappsystems.com/100065
For more information on Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi and Camera including product photos, visit: http://www.mobileappsystems.com/hardware/protoarmour/raspberrypicamera
For more information on the entire Proto Armour product line, visit: http://www.mobileappsystems.com/solutions/protoarmour
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.