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Helado:

...a cool, sweet topping for the Raspberry Pi!

Welcome to our web page for The Raspberry Pi Heat Sink/Enclosure that we presented on kickstarter. Helado is Spanish for ice cream. Click here to see our campaign.

Please note the we do not sell the Raspberry Pi boards themselves; just these enclosures. If you want to know what a Raspberry Pi is or does please see our introductory info below. The Raspberry Pi logo to the left is a registered trademark of the Rapsberry Pi Foundation.

The features of this enclosure are:

  • it's machined from solid aluminum and doubles as a heat sink
  • it has a chimney to conduct heat away from the processor which can be helpful for overclocking (see the photo below)
    NOTE: hover the no board link with your mouse to remove the board if it is in the way
  • it’s attractive in a heavy-industrial sort of way.
    NOTE: We believe if J.A.R.V.I.S. were a Raspberry Pi, he'd dress in one of these!
  • it comes with a durable anodized finish so your fingers won’t go black and you can chose from 3 colors:
  • the top recess is purposely left plain and flat so you can customize it:
    • print a simple paper design and glue it in
    • have a print shop make a puffy decal and look like a pro
    • engrave through the anodizing for a classy look
    • use a DVD label maker to make your own sticker
    • or anything else you chose
  • the Pi is edge mounted which will work universally. Not all Pi’s have the 2 test fixture holes of the modern design. Hover for no board.
  • the bottom can be finished in several ways:
    • it comes standard with plastic screws to keep it from scratching surfaces
    • it can be left open (the most inexpensive option)
    • optionally there is a standard cover that can be added
    • VESA standard mounts are available to mount directly to the rear of a TV or monitor
      • See the Data Sheet links in the left side bar for more information
    • you can glue on felt or rubber across the whole surface if you prefer
    • two sided tape can hang it vertically
    • glue on velcro if you want to hang it and remove it

It was originally built for a media player so it doesn’t give convenient access to the i/o header but wiring can still exit the housing quite easily.

We build this in-house at Qsine on our intriguing 9-Axis mill/turning CNC center. At first I (Kevin) was just going to buy an enclosure for my media player. After researching what was available and seeing the diverse, interesting things people were doing, I was inspired to build my own and put a Qsine touch on it. So I worked up a design in 3D CAD, tool pathed it in 3D CAM and build a few prototypes that we could anodize and see how it looked in full color. It turned out so well I wanted to bring it to kickstarter and see if others liked it.

Our regular business is designing and building custom industrial machinery (mainly stainless and aluminum products) for industrial customers. Doing something close to the retail level like this is new to us. I am grateful to be born in an era where we can experiment with concepts like kickstarter.

We see many amazing projects being done by crowd sourcing and we are eager to contribute by both bringing our ideas forward and funding projects we like.

Special thanks to Van Lai, our resident high-end-TiG welder/IT-man/promotional photographer and now video cameraman/editor who made this web page possible!

Introduction to the Raspberry Pi:

I have been surprised to discover many technically competent and even computer nerdy people that have never heard of the RPi. They all seem intrigued by it so we put together a few little videos on some things a Raspberry Pi can do, hoping we can aid in the discovery process.

The other reason I wanted to do these videos is to set proper expectations for people who want to try out the RPi. Depending on the tasks performed, the RPi can please and delight or sorely disappoint. This was information I had trouble finding when I did research on the RPi. I learned a lot of what it can't do after I had it. And while I talk about those things, I hope it comes across as informative instead of negative.

These videos are just campfire-type-talks about the RPi, not technical. You can learn how to do anything I demo by searching Google and Youtube; that's how I did it! And one caveat: you need to be quite computer savvy to setup a RPi.

Please note you can select your playback quality and the closed captioning is functional.

Overview on the RPi:

Video, slideshow, music demo on RaspBMC:

P.S. I forgot to mention Netflix is at best very hard to play on the RPi and in HD impossible as far as I know.

Thin/remote client (running 3D CAD) with the Thin Client project:

P.S. I forgot to mention there are many VM clients in this too.

Here's a link if you are curious and want to learn more about the RPi:

What can I do with a Raspberry Pi?

Have fun with your Raspberry Pi! And we hope you want yours with Helado!