The SmartiPi Touch is a stand for the official Raspberry Pi 7″ touch screen.
As well as being a really neat and tidy solution for a desk mounted Raspberry Pi and touch screen, it is also wall mountable, has a mount for the Raspberry Pi camera board, and is HAT ready. We recently had the chance to try one out, and we were really impressed with the quality and usability of this stand.
The instructions for constructing and setting up the SmartiPi Touch are in the form of a video on YouTube video:-
We followed this video a closely as possible to construct our case. However, we did find that that a few of the stages in the build were slightly different to those shown in the video; and we also found that the build was slightly easier if some of the steps were either done slightly differently, or in a different order. The following is our suggested build sequence:-
SmartiPi Touch Setup Instructions
Before starting, make sure that you have a small cross head screwdriver available. This should be the only additional tool that you will need to carry out the build, as everything else should be provided with the SmartiPi Touch kit.
- Stick the 4 round rubber pads onto the bottom of the base, and press firmly in place.
- The video instructions included the placing of a black adhesive foam rectangle inside the rectangle on the bottom of the door. We found that this adhesive foam rectangle was already stuck in place.
- The video instructions included the placing of a second black adhesive foam rectangle in place inside the back of the screen mount. Again, we found that this foam rectangle had already been applied.
- Attach the base of the SmartiPi Touch to the display holder, and secure them by pushing the 2 black bolts into the hinges. There are slots in the base unit to hold the nuts in place for the bolts, and the bolts may be tightened using the hex key (provided). Do not over-tighten these bolts. NOTE, that this step could be done later, after the micro USB power supply cable has been attached to the Raspberry Pi and display driver board. We found that it can be a little fiddly trying to attach this cable with the base unit in place.
- Now switch to assembling the touch screen. Attach the ribbon cable to the display control board. Use the long ribbon cable, supplied with the SmartiPi Touch. The contacts should be facing up when connected to the ribbon cable connector.
- If the display control board has not already been attached to the back of the touch screen panel, it should now be attached in place using the 4 standoffs provided with the touch screen.
- Route the display ribbon cable through the slot near the centre of the SmartiPi Touch unit, and place the display into place on the unit. It should fit snugly into the back of the case.
- Use the 4 black screws to secure the display in place into the case.
- Attach the display ribbon cable to the Raspberry Pi, and slot the Raspberry Pi into place in the SmartiPi Touch case. There are 2 lugs diagonally opposite each other to ensure that the Pi is place correctly, and 2 screw holes will line up with the holes in the Pi board.
- The Pi may either be secured in place using the 2 small screws provided with the SmartiPi Touch, or by clipping the door over the back of the case to hold the Pi in place. If using the door, the screws should not be used, as the door will not fit if these screws are fitted.
- Connect the double ended micro USB cable to the Raspberry Pi power supply socket and the display board power supply socket.
- If you missed out step 4 (fitting the base of the SmartiPi Touch to the display holder), then the base may now be attached to the display holder.
NOTE: If using the door instead of the screws to hold the Raspberry Pi in place in the SmartiPi Touch (step 10), the Pi can still be easily removed from the back of the SmartiPi Touch display unit in order to swap the micro SD card. If using the screws to hold the Pi in place, it will be necessary to remove these screws in order to remove the Pi from the back of the unit in order to swap the micro SD card.
Having constructed the SmartiPi Touch, it’s time to have some fun with it. Here are a few pictures of things that we did with our:-