Posts Tagged ‘official’


Official Blog: Another Look at the Renders, Assembled Prototype

January 27, 2009

From EvilDragon:


Didn’t find as much time as I hoped I’d find to continue the model and renderings of the Pandora, but here is another small sneak peak smile.gif

I guess you will like it, as it solves the mystery about the LEDs.
Again, click on the thumbnail to increase the picture size a bit.

IPB Image

Also, the FDM case did arrive at Michael Weston’s home and he has successfully assembled a Pandora using the LCD, the board, the prototype battery and the prototype keymat. EVERYTHING FITS! biggrin.gif
I hope he finds some time to make some nice pictures soon!



Official Blog: May The Power Be With You

January 10, 2009

Update on the Official Blog by EvilDragon:

Well, you might’ve read it in the main news, we were waiting for the prototype batteries to finish up the case.

Here they are, they are not wrapped up yet, but the size and type is the final one, so this is another step finished.

Also, regarding drivers, we will have something for you soon – I’m sure you’ll be happy… but that will have to wait until I write the next blog entry.



January Update

January 6, 2009

This was posted on the main site.  Little bit of info on what’s going on with the battery and case, more reassurance for Amex orders, as well as some speculative ship dates! Also our blog got a mention, which is great (: .

Hello everyone and a very happy new year!

We wish to thank you all for your ongoing support and tell you a big sorry for all the delays we had so far.

2008 had been a very exciting year for us. With a lot of stepping stones. First we had the PayPal issue, then the banking problem with all those credit cards (and Amex is still troubling) and because of this we needed to reroute money from various other accounts to pay for the production… which caused delays, especially for the LCDs (though that issue is solved now, the last LCDs will ship soon, thank goodness).
And if that wasn’t enough, we a bit trouble with the rechargeable battery, as it was pretty hard designing a battery with that high capacity that also FITS into the case. This delayed the case – but I’m happy to announce that the final battery is already being prototyped. As soon as we get it (which should be within the next week), the case design will be ready a few days later (we set the deadline for the case design to January 15th). Prototyping shouldn’t take too long – and then it will only be a matter of a few weeks more until everything is ready for delivery.

So, while we’re really sorry for those delays (believe me – we didn’t expect THAT much problems – especially not from the banks… we couldn’t have found a worse time to start this than that of a worldwide economical crisis.

However, we also got some good news for you AMEX guys: We know you didn’t get your money back yet (we’re having another meeting with the bank in the near future), however, we assure you that EVERYBODY WHO ORDERED AND PAID will get a Pandora, even if you didn’t get the chance to reorder yet!

But, oh well, we did learn a lot – and now, after 2,5 years designing the system, the end of the trip is coming to an end. All thanks to you guys! Without your support, all this wouldn’t have been possible!
Stay tuned for final prototype pics within this month!

So, here is a mini-roadmap:
* Case Design: January 15th
* Case Prototyping: approx. 1-2 weeks later
* Final production and delivery: approx. 2 – 4 weeks later

2009 will surely be the year of the Pandora.

Also, as you do know that this site is not updated with every step we do, we do post a lot of mini informations at the forums. As a lot of you don’t have time to read the boards frequently, people did create an unofficial blog with a lot more updates. Keep in mind that the information there is NOT directly from us, so some stuff might not be completely accurate, but it’s a very nice site.
Head over to



Minor re-ordering update – re-ordering to happen over next 2 weeks

January 4, 2009

Chip said this:

The emails will be sent over the next week or two, so it’s a pretty small chance that any one person will get theirs by monday. As for the reorder notification emails, they were sent to everyone. If you didn’t get the first one, it was probably blocked on your end. They were not linked to the refunds (they were processed separately) so you would have gotten a refund regardless of the email.



Pandoras to be produced independently of re-ordering status

January 3, 2009

EvilDragon said this in response to someone asking about re-ordering:

We’ll produce in batches of 400 units, so it isn’t necessary to wait for all re-orders

Reference link:


Video-Out and WiFi

January 2, 2009

From Chip:

S-video/composite support is built into the SoC. Anything else would have been prohibitively complicated and expensive. I suppose we could have just said “screw it” and not had any video out like the Wiz, but something is better than nothing, and this something was free from a design standpoint.



Video-out is confirmed working, while WiFi is being worked on.



Boot Times

December 31, 2008

Mali posted this on the forums:

Ångstöm boot time:

“Booting from SD takes 8 seconds, booting from NAND(yes, the first NAND-OS version is available) takes 40 seconds with JFFS2 – we will try another file system, looking at the specs it should be possible to boot in 10-12 seconds from NAND” -ED

1. NAND booting time was also slow on OMAP2.
2. Here is a benchmark of beagle board’s NAND…and-read-speeds

EDIT: Fixed link.


Another OS video coming soon

December 31, 2008

EvilDragon suggested that another video showing the OS will be coming soon.

I wanted to surprise you with the next video – as it should be implemented in the next version of the OS

EDIT: Fixed the link.


Christmas Update from craigix

December 28, 2008

Hello everyone, Craig here,

Seems to be a little frustration that things are quiet and thus something must be going wrong somewhere.

There isn’t anything wrong, we are working onwards, it’s just the time of year means we have to wait on companies reopening and most don’t until after the new year.

Alas we were unable to get the new FDM case made up in time (although the keypad did arrive in time after all!).

Anyway we should have the new case just after the new year and we are going to do some CNC ones too (the Wiz cases are CNC, which is why they look nicer, it’s just a lot more expensive).

So together with the keypad we can assemble a Pandora with the new redesigned more round case, Michael may well post a complete unit using the older case before then just for fun.

The LCDs and batteries are due to arrive in January (finally!) so things can move a bit faster now, assuming everything DOES arrive, I’m a little reluctant to believe companies estimations now as every time we promise a date we are let down and we end up looking bad.

On the software side, as you know, it’s going well, the OS is shaping up to be revolutionary for such a small device and it’s getting a lot of attention from places outside this forum – we are enjoying reading your feedback on it.

Another thing which has been on my mind, and which I’ve not seen asked anywhere during this project, is ‘why has something like the Pandora not been made before with the same layout?’ this is sort of to answer people who can’t believe it’s taken us so long and wonder why we can’t just whack it all together and release it already, I mean it does look simple.

But making something like this is far far more difficult than you might imagine and astonishingly expensive in some areas. When you open up a laptop or a mobile phone it looks so neat and easy in there, but consider it was probably dozens of people working for a couple of years to get to that result.

The design and the whole process has proved to be so complex and difficult to fit in that little box and had we known back when we started this project just what would be involved we might have been a little more reserved – but it’s done now and things will be all the better for it, I hope we have raised the bar – especially in the controls area, please try to be understanding to the team when it looks like we have taken a month to solve a simple issue. Trial and error can be a right – lengthy- pain in the arse sometimes.

And on that note, the Nubs are due to arrive in January too – all 8000, I’m not even sure if I have previously mentioned that the first batch were faulty (no fault of ours, the PCB manufacturer drilled the holes incorrectly).

Some of you will start to get emails for reordering via credit/debit card this/next month, as I’ve said previously we will probably do it slowly and carefully to avoid a rush and trouble like last time – I’d still like to encourage as many of you as possible to consider a bank transfer to help the project right now. I’ll post about how well xoom and test transfers went.

Urgh, bad memories… and I’m rambling on, but Pandora prevails.

We will probably have a nice post in January about the first MP production boards and cases.


PS would you believe me and DaveC started a little idea for a new console (possibly at the time a reboxed gp2x) which went on to become the Pandora project almost 3 years ago – 3 years! I’m putting a little video together showing the evolution of the project – just need that video/photo of the final unit first.

OK OK, time for me to be quiet, thanks for the continuing support always, enjoy new year

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Pandora Prototype Case (well, parts of it)

December 28, 2008

MWeston posted this earlier today. With this info:

“It fits, but it had to be made thicker to prevent brittle areas in the cups holding the carbon pads. Therefore, it isn’t very usable as it takes a lot of force to press buttons. As far as form is concerned, it fits beautifully. As far as more complete prototypes (CNC’d) go, I won’t have anything until the New Year. I had to drive over to the FedEx depot to pick this one up myself before they closed up for the holidays or I wouldn’t even have had this one!”

bigger pic and more info here (clicky)