First Purpose-Built Raspberry Pi Digital Signage Players Hit Market
January 31, 2014 by Dave Haynes
Here’s what I think is the first purpose-designed and built Raspberry Pi digital signage player – a unit that UK-based Silver Curve will show off at the big ISE pro-AV show in Amsterdam next week.
It has certainly been possible for a long time now to buy a $45 Raspberry Pi board, buy an enclosure, and the various other bits, and pull together a unit. But this is a unit specifically designed for the task.
Using Silver Curve’s Aperture graphics engine, this little ARM-based gadget can do 1080HD at 60 frames per second and handle 30 layers of animation. It has built-in wifi, RS232, a system clock and 8 GB of storage. There is a stand-alone version and one that will slot into commercial displays that have the Open Pluggable Specification slot.
What’s interesting and I haven’t seen before is the unit has an on-board battery that charges during normal use and then keeps the player operational during power outages for over 30 minutes, before doing a graceful shutdown.
It’s also fanless and ventless.
Dimensions: 227mm x 66mm x 30mm or roughly 9″ by 2.5″ by 1″
Don’t have price, but $300-$400, depending on volume and including the Aperture SW license that kinda turbocharges the graphics performance. Aperture is not a CMS, but a graphics engine that works with CMS platforms.
Nice. Very disruptive times. Patting myself on back for getting Silver Curve founder Bryan Crotaz on my disruptive tech panel at DSE.