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May 22, 2018

First Stretch Goal - Free Tomu

Now that we’ve hit our initial funding goal, I’d like to announce our first stretch goal for the NeTV2, which unlocks at $35,000: a free Tomu bundled with every NeTV2 board!

Tomu is a tiny open-source computer that fits in a USB Type-A port. NeTV2, as mated with a Raspberry Pi in the Quickstart Package, features four USB Type-A ports.

What to do with all those empty USB ports?

Well, Tomu is the easiest way to add an extra pair of status LEDs to your NeTV2. Each Tomu provides up to two USB-controllable LEDs, one red, one green, for whatever status information you need to add for your specific application.

Perhaps you’d like to know if TERC-4 audio packets are accidentally being sent down the link. Or maybe you’d like to be alerted if the video isn’t coming in at the resolution you expected. Or maybe you just want your NeTV2 to blink a light whenever it’s your birthday, simply because you can. Domo arigato, Tomu-san!

Who doesn’t want more blinkenlights? Help spread the word and get a Tomu (a $35 value) for free!

$34,830 raised

of $15,000 goal


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Buy bunnie a beer!

Designing hardware is thirsty work. Your donation will help provide bunnie the sustenance to power through long nights.


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It takes a village to mass produce hardware: J.A.R.V.I.S. is fiction, gritty factories are reality. Back this tier so I can pour a pint for all the unsung heroes who mill the steel, mind the machines, pack the boxes and manage the supply chain to create the miracle of a product arriving at your doorstep.


Support the EFF!

Add this to your order and get an EFF Multisticker Sheet. The stickers are purchased full-price from the EFF and bundled into your order, so this is a convenient way to help support the EFF's broader efforts while also supporting this campaign. If you believe in the need to reform Section 1201 but video isn't your thing, please also consider donating directly to the EFF!


NeTV2 - Just the Board

Just the NeTV2 open video development board plus a 12V power supply. For the power developer who has their own JTAG box or the hobbyist who enjoys spending an afternoon provisioning a Raspberry Pi with the NeTV2 dev tools. Back now - post-campaign pricing goes up by $15! Version with large FPGA only available during the campaign.


NeTV2 Quickstart Package

For developers and users who want to skip the screwdrivers and go straight to a SSH prompt. The Quickstart Package is a turnkey solution for open video, optimized for video overlay. It's an NeTV2 dev board bundled with a Raspberry Pi 3 B+, 8 GiB SD card with pre-loaded base firmware package, power supply, and our custom HDMI Flex Jumper, all assembled into a case and fully tested. Ready for you to SSH in and load your application code! Back now - post-campaign pricing goes up by $25! Version with large FPGA only available during the campaign.


NeTV2 - Just the Case

All the plastic parts necessary to protect and mount your NeTV2 dev board: case top and bottom, front bezel, light pipes, standoffs, and screws. If you plan to mate this with your own Raspberry Pi as a video source, you'll also want to get the Custom HDMI Flex Jumper.


Custom HDMI Flex Jumper

Even the shortest HDMI cables don't quite fit inside the NeTV2 case, so we built a custom flexible PCB that provides impedance-controlled differential pairs to bridge between the Raspberry Pi overlay video source and the NeTV2 open video dev board. Make sure to select the correct FPGA image when using this cable, as it leverages the pinout flexibility of the FPGA to optimize signale routing.


Making the Case

Backers of this tier get a 25mm space to engrave their name (or pseudonym) in a 10-point open licensed font inside the case. The names will be engraved in the mounting-boss-free area underneath the NeTV2 board mounting.


Secrets in Plain Sight

There's an array of cooling holes on the bottom side of the case. But when I look at a 24 x 8 array of dots, I don't see cooling holes. I see 24 bytes (192 bits) that could be used to code a message. Here's an opportunity for one backer to code something that will be milled into hardened tooling steel and stamped into many plastic cases. Final design must have enough holes for sufficient air flow.


Deploy, Deploy, Deploy!

Looking to retrofit a set of existing video displays in your office, restaraunt, or store? Get this campaign-exclusive 10-pack deal. It's a bundle of 10 Quickstart Packages. The hardware is fully assembled and tested, so you just have to just SSH in, configure your application, and you're in business.

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