Project state - testing beta hardware, CrowdSupply,

A project log for ZeroPhone - a Raspberry Pi smartphone

Pi Zero-based open-source mobile phone (that you can assemble for 50$ in parts)

AryaArya 02/26/2017 at 01:161 Comment

I've had about a week of a delay in the project - went to a hackathon, then did some work on the #ICeeData project, then fell ill for a couple of days. When I came back to my hackerspace, I got a note saying the back board shipment was waiting for me at the post office, and this was a powerful reminder about ZeroPhone. I went to the post office, received the boards and started assembling the next version of the hardware.

It's not fully assembled yet - I need to get some more parts, but as soon as it's done, I'll test it, find bugs, make v1.0 of the boards and send them to the board house (should I get the blue soldermask option so that it goes well with the Chinese module PCB color?) That's for the "sending prototypes out" part. I wanted to do more of this in parallel, but now I see that this part of hardware prototyping can't be done in parallel. I need to get the boards, assemble a phone and then see if it works - only then I'll have boards I could send to reviewers.

Tl;dr, current targets:

  1. Quick newsletter edition (it's been 20 days since the #3)
  2. Testing hardware
  3. Ordering parts for the prototypes
  4. SD card image (alpha testers)
  5. BOM (for crowdfunding)
  6. A big project video


oshpark wrote 03/10/2017 at 18:50 point

@Arsenijs Thanks for the update.  We're excited to see what it looks like assembled!

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