A Five-Ninja-Sized ‘Slice’ of Pi?!

After I woke up this morning and checked the Twittersphere (yes I do that after waking up!) I noticed a large commotion in the Raspberry Pi community. Upon investigation I discovered the source of this excited unrest: the Slice, a new Raspberry Pi Compute Module based media player that has just launched on Kickstarter. The tag line of a ‘user friendly media player with internal storage and a Raspberry Pi heart’ is full of promise but what makes this so special? Raspberry Pis have been used as media centres since the product launch over 2 ½ years ago!

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First off: take a look at it. Made of an aluminium anodised body and with a strip of pulsing LEDs the Slice is one handsome piece of kit. It is slick-looking and I would love to have one underneath my TV.  The idea behind Slice was the desire for an ‘easy to use, self-contained media player that… stored the data on-board rather than needing an internet connection’.  In my opinion this is a great aim as I have discovered, from personal experience, that the current generation of media players are becoming more and more internet dependant – featuring fancy streaming options that demand lots of bandwidth, a problem for people like myself who live in villages that have poor internet connections. It runs a custom version of XBMC that looks rather polished as well.

But… Why am I interested in it? I am rather intrigued by the use of the new compute module – its only the second commercial device to use it and the team behind Slice (take a look at the Kickstarter page to see some familiar faces) have made a very neat custom PCB that houses the hard drive and other bits and bobs – I’d love to have a look at that in the flesh!

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What does all of this come to in terms of price then? Sadly the Slice is not cheap… The model that includes the 1TB hard drive comes in at a steep £164 (early bird option). When you can run a Raspberry Pi as a media device for little under £50 is this premium worth it? Only time will tell however you have to take into account the fact that it is obviously aimed at the user who wants a polished package… By the looks of things the Slice is going to have no trouble making its Kickstarter target. I wish them the best of luck!

Check the Slice out on Kickstarter here!

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2 comments on “A Five-Ninja-Sized ‘Slice’ of Pi?!
  1. Susan says:

    I read a lot of interesting content here. Probably you
    spend a lot of time writing

  2. piyush dutta says:

    Hi, i am actually building a device which works pretty much similarly like the “amazon echo”. I am using jasper’s voice API and adding a few extra things as per my preferences but after seeing the slice module i was thinking of adding a UI for myself to store my movies and songs for which i wanted to have a look at their source code.

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