Summary of our progress thus far!
Many of you must be wondering why we haven't launched yet, despite it being October 15th! Our main goal with this campaign is to launch with Edge as ready-as-possible, so we're continuing to do small production runs, testing, and continuing to collect feedback. Above you'll see a video of the Edge's rear-side SMT mounting at the factory!
NextC Case for Edge (RK3399) and Edge 1S (RK3399Pro)
Here is the NextC case for the Edge SBC! It looks cool doesn't it? Currently still in the prototyping phase, we should have a CNC-machined version of it sometime in the next few days. Below are some renders / pictures for your enjoyment.
Our designer's assistant spent several painstaking hours getting that render to look perfect. She's quite amazing, and very determined!
These drawings were actually done on a Samsung tablet. No paper was injured in the process of designing the NextC case.
Final 3D designs / 2D drawing outputs. These have been sent for machining, so we will get a true-to-life prototype in our hands soon.
You can clearly see the DIY case on the lower-left, and a 3d printed model of the NextC case on the upper-right. The NextC case is *half* the thickness of the DIY case.
Edge Heatsink & Fan
The NextC case will come with a ultra-quiet Japanese cooling fan, and it also has a taller heatsink. If you're observant, you'll notice that the Edge heatsink has taller fins than the VIM heatsink. We're still running thermal performance tests, hopefully we can share them with you soon!
Remember this YouTube video, yes? The only thing you'll hear is the air-noise, whooshing through; fan noise is non-existent (to my ears at least). We dislike fan noise as much as you do, so we hope we've got this issue completely solved now.
Khadas Captain V11, Gestures + M.2 Slot (NVMe SSD) + Li-Po Battery
Okay some new awesome photographs of the Khadas Captain board. Remember it's supposed to be a companion board to the Edge and Edge-1S, right?
It has an M.2 slot (PCI-E) so you can plug an SSD to it, a gesture sensor for advanced HCI (human computer interface), and a built-in charging circuit for a Li-Po battery - fans of gaming rejoice!
Dual Cameras For Edge-V and Captain
Both Edge-V and Captain will be able to connect to dual 13 MegaPixel cameras for stereoscopic vision. This will be useful for facial recognition, machine vision, augmented reality, etc.
Okay so we're almost to the end of this blog post, just a quick photograph to recap all the accessories we have on hand so far:
Captain Carrier Board
Edge IO (GPIO extension board for Edge)
13 MegaPixel Camera
Lithium Polymer Battery
Edge Cooling Fan
We should add specifications for all these accessories into our homepage soon.
So Much Power...In So Little Space
Remember, all this stuff is being fitted to a single board computer, that's no bigger than a credit card. Really amazing!
What You Can Do To Help
We've got our pre-launch page setup on indiegogo.com, do help us spread the word to tell more Makers, Hackers and Developers about the Edge and to come and support our campaign by entering their email address.
Here's the pre-launch link (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rockchip-rk3399-khadas-edge-sbc/coming_soon) to share on social media, you can use the hashtag #khadas_edge on Facebook and Twitter, and our social media guy will take notice!