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Sturdy Raspberry Pi mini-PC comes with B or B+

Oct 9, 2014 — by Eric Brown — 9,580 views
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A “Pi Vessel” mini-PC on Kickstarter is based on a Raspberry Pi Model B or B+, and has an “ultra-strong aluminum case,” AC power supply, and optional WiFi.

The Pi Vessel is said to be made in Germany, but is available from a Dover, Delaware based startup called MSDGroup, one of many companies of the same name, but apparently not one that has a website. The Pi Vessel is available on Kickstarter through Nov. 5 starting at $89 without a Pi or $129 with either a Raspberry Pi Model B or the newer RPi Model B+.



Pi Vessel
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The differing capabilities of these two SBCs result in two different models of the Pi Vessel. They both feature an HDMI port, a 10/100 Ethernet port, and an audio out jack, However, the B+ model has four USB ports instead of two, and a microSD slot instead of an SDHC slot. It also lacks the B’s RCA video port. A WiFi module is optional in either case.

The black aluminum case is produced from an anodized solid metal plate, and can “easily withstand not just a hammer blow, but also a weight of a car,” says MSDGroup. The case has a 2A, 5V power supply and power cord, and ships with a VESA mount kit.



Pi Vessel breakout view
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The Pi Vessel is available with an 8GB data card with Raspbian Linux, as well as a variety of open source, pre-installed programs. These are said to include word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet software, as well as games, videos, and audio recording apps.

 
Further information

The Pi Vessel is available on Kickstarter through Nov. 5 starting at $89 without a Raspberry Pi or $129 with either a Pi Model B or B+. Shipments are due in December. More information may be found at the Pi Vessel Kickstarter page.
 

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  1. Marco says:

    Is it certified CE?

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