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Witty Pi has Case Now

Today we announce the acrylic case for Witty Pi + Raspberry Pi, and there are two colors available (clear and dark brown).

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If you need both Witty Pi and the case, you can order the “Witty Pi + Case” kit for better price. See kit with clear case and kit with dark brown case.

Here is the assembly guide: http://www.uugear.com/portfolio/assembly-guide-acrylic-case-for-witty-pi-raspberry-pi/

We hope you like them 🙂

Witty Pi is in Stock Now

We announced our new product “Witty Pi” about a month ago, and sent out a few samples to some friends that are interested in writing a review. Such as Michael Horne from recantha.co.uk and dbv from forum-raspberrypi.de. The feedback are quite good: all reviewers like the features and think the pricing is reasonable. According to the reviews, the only point that needs to be improved is the software, which is in 1.00 version and has very basic functionality. We will of course improve the software and add more new features, such as setting a repeatable startup/shutdown schedule, a GUI for better interaction or even a web interface for remote settings etc.

We opened the reservation process for Witty Pi since two weeks ago. Until the moment I write this post, there are already 276 units of Witty Pi get ordered. We appreciate the customers who trust us and back-ordered Witty Pi, and we work very hard to accelerate the stocking. Finally, we made it today 🙂  We are happy to announce that Witty Pi is in stock now, and more batches are being produced and are coming soon!

We will ship out the first batch of Witty Pi tomorrow. Below is a picture of the package content:

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If you have not ordered yet, you can order it now 🙂

 

Witty Pi is Now Open for Reservation!

Two weeks ago we announced our new product: Witty Pi, and now we open the reservation process for this wonderful product. That means you could back-order Witty Pi for you now!

We still need some time to prepare for the shipping, so the first shipping of Witty Pi is scheduled on 18th May. The package will contain a Witty Pi board, a CR2032 button battery, 4 copper standoffs and 8 copper screws.

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As we mentioned before, the unit price for Witty Pi is 380 CZK (about 15 USD, 13.8 EUR or 10 GBP). This is a very competing price and we hope this wonderful product is affordable to more people.

If you are interested, the reservation link is here: http://www.uugear.com/product/witty-pi-realtime-clock-and-power-management-for-raspberry-pi/

New Product: Witty Pi is Coming Soon!

It has been a while since our previous post. We were not sleeping, instead we were working hard on new products. Today we are glad to announce that one of our new products: Witty Pi is coming soon!wittypi_0

What is Witty Pi?

It is tiny PCB that could be mounted on your Raspberry Pi (model A+, B+ and Raspberry Pi 2 supported). With Witty Pi, your Raspberry Pi has realtime clock (RTC) and power management on board, and you get some amazing new features:

  1. You can properly turn on/off Raspberry Pi with single tap on the switch.
  2. Raspberry Pi and all its USB peripherals get fully power cut after shutdown.
  3. Raspberry Pi knows the correct time, even without accessing the Internet.
  4. You can schedule the startup/shutdown of your Raspberry Pi.

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Why we need Witty Pi?

Raspberry Pi uses micro SD card as its “hard-drive”, and it writes date to it from time to time. If you suddenly cut Raspberry Pi’s power without halting all processes in the system, the micro SD card may lose power during the date writing, and has the chance to be damaged.

Witty Pi adds a power switch for Raspberry Pi, and you can turn on/off the Pi properly, without worrying about the micro SD card. Witty Pi’s daemon process will halt all processes for you, before really cut off the power. What’s more, if you shutdown your Pi with “sudo shutdown -h now” command, or you choose “Shutdown” in the desktop environment, Witty Pi will detect that and fully cut off your Pi’s power after a few seconds. It is true that Raspberry Pi doesn’t consume much power after shutdown, but there are still some. If you have some USB peripherals connected on your Pi, they will also consume power even you shutdown your Pi. With the help from Witty Pi, your Pi’s power can be fully cut off and all its USB peripherals will not consume power anymore. Cool, isn’t it?

The ability to schedule shutdown and startup are also very useful. You don’t have to wait til midnight to shutdown your Pi, or wake up very early to turn on your Pi 🙂

Also don’t forget Witty Pi has RTC on board, it can remember the correct time for your Raspberry Pi. Even without the Internet access, your Pi will know the correct time, because Witty Pi will synchronize the time to your Pi’s system.wittypi_1

When and How Much?

The retail price for Witty Pi will be 380 CZK (about 15 USD, or 13.8 EUR, or 10 GBP). Besides the Witty Pi board, the package also includes a CR2032 button battery, 4 cooper standoffs and 8 cooper screws that can help you to fix your Witty Pi with Raspberry Pi.

The exact date to ship the first batch of Witty Pi is not decided yet, but the reservation process will be opened on our website very soon. Please keep an eye on our website, or follow us on Tweeter, Facebook or Google+ if you are interested.wittypi_4Update on 2015-04-18:

Here is a video to introduce Witty Pi’s cool features:


Update on 2015-04-19:

Here is the user manual of Witty Pi (in PDF format): http://www.uugear.com/doc/WittyPi_UserManual.pdf

Update on 2015-05-01:

The reservation of Witty Pi is now opened: http://www.uugear.com/product/witty-pi-realtime-clock-and-power-management-for-raspberry-pi/

Warehouse movement and free shipping for Czech customers

Today we are glad to announce that our warehouse is now moved to Prague, Czech Republic!

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The reason that we move our warehouse from Hong Kong to Prague is because some European countries charge custom tax when the shipping starts from outside of Europe. After moving the warehouse, all customers in European Union do not need to pay the custom fee. We will use Czech Post to ship parcels, which is still fast in Europe and is much cheaper. Thanks for that, now we only charge for 100 CZK (about 5 USD) flat rate for worldwide shipping!

What’s more, we also start to offer free shipping to customers in Czech Republic! If you shipping address is within Czech Republic, you will see the free shipping option during the checkout. Enjoy it!

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We just launched the “Smart Case” project

Our 7-Port USB Hub has the same PCB size than Raspberry Pi, so it can be easily mounted over or under the Pi. If you have a case for Raspberry Pi that can have its top cover removed, you can put the hub and the Pi together into the case:

Hub_In_CaseIt can help in some cases, but the hub is not well protected yet. Many customers suggested us to design a suitable case to hold both the Pi and the hub, so we launched this project.

This project includes some children projects, as we are actually designing different types of cases. The first sub-project that could be demonstrated is this one, which opens its design and is free for download and print with 3D printer.

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There are other sibling projects on going and you will see the news very soon.

7-Port USB Hub for Raspberry Pi is in Stock again

After more than 3 weeks waiting, we finally have the second batch of USB Hub for Raspberry Pi in stock. Now it is immediately buyable in the store. We are sorry for letting you wait, and thanks for the patience.

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7-port USB hub for Raspberry Pi is temporarily sold out

The first batch of 7-port USB hub for Raspberry Pi has been sold out after 25 days since its official launch on 26th March. The stock is exhausted much faster than our estimation and our second batch is still under producing, so we have to mark the product “out of stock” for now. We are sorry for the break, and we will try our best to replenish our stock as soon as possible.

package_contentCustomers who have already placed their orders on our website will not get affected, and their hubs will be shipped as expected.

UUGear Store Opens Now!

Dear visitors, we are so glad to announce that UUGear store is now launched!

I know many of your are waiting for our launch because of this wonderful 7-port USB hub for Raspberry Pi, and it is finally buyable now:

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You may also be interested in other products in our store. Currently we could accept payments via credit card, PayPal, Skrill and wire transfer. If you have question about product, payment or anything else, please feel free to contact us.

In order to thank you for being our first batch of customers, we released a 10% discount coupon: uugear-launch-2014. You can use this coupon during the checkout to get 10% discount of your whole order. Please notice that you can only use it before 29th March. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

UUGear Store will open on March 26

Yesterday we worked on the testing of the first batch of UUGear USB hub, and everything seems OK. Now we have idea how fast we can go and can accurately estimate the date for launch. So we finally confirm that, UUGear store will open on 26th March!

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We have waited for the day so long, and we are so excited that our business can finally start. We are thinking of a way to appreciate our first batch of customers, and precise news is coming soon!

 

 

Finally Get the First Batch of USB Hub

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We hadn’t released any news for quite a while, and today we have a very good one: the first batch of USB hubs finally arrived 🙂

It should have been there about one month ago. The reason for the delay is because we were not fully satisfied with the soldering quality and we insisted a full rework. Being picky is quite expensive, we definitely know that losing time means losing money. However we won’t take it as a lesson, instead we will keep working like that since we believe being picky on quality control will get great rewards in the future.

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We still need some time to test the hubs (yes we test EVERY hub we have), so we could not immediately open our store yet. But with the hubs in store, we are quite confident that we could make the official launch in next week. The official announcement is coming soon!

USB Hub Design Finalized

After 3 iterations, we finally freeze the design of our first product: 7-port USB hub for Raspberry Pi.  The first batch of the PCB is under produced.

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Due to the Christmas and New Year, the producing will be slow and even be postponed for some days.   We are expecting to deliver the first batch on February 2014.

Prototype of First UUGear Product

We will design and develop a lot of wonderful electronic products and accessories, and the first one in our blueprint is the USB hub for Raspberry Pi.

We are big fans of Raspberry Pi, and we do think Raspberry Pi needs such a USB hub to get better.  We designed a 7-port USB hub, which has exactly the same size with Raspberry Pi, and it could be mounted above/below Raspberry with two cooper cylinders.

The development of this USB hub has begun for a while, and today we received the first prototype of this USB hub.

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We will test it extremely, and do our best to improve the design.  Hopefully we will see the final version at the beginning of year 2014.

UUGear Website is Born!

We are happy to announce that, today the UUGear website is born!

There are still a lot of work to do before the website to be really functional.  We got detailed planning and have everything in the pipeline, and we look forward to an exciting 2014!