Frustrated by the lack of an affordable, portable hi-res screen for the Raspberry Pi, Alex Eames partnered up with Dave Mellor of Cyntech to develop the HDMIPi; a simple 9” low-cost screen with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.
The Raspberry Pi can display full (1920 x 1080) HD which is fine if you want to use it with a full size monitor but there are very few smaller, more portable, HDMI screens on the market. Those that are available mostly have a resolution of 800 x 480 or 800 x 600 pixels and are mainly targeted at professional photographers and videographers so they don’t come cheap.
After a lot of delving Dave managed to source a 1280 x 800 pixel screen which gives the same resolution as the original Nexus 7 tablet, but with a 9" screen and is slightly better than the 720p HD footage on BBC iPlayer.
Judging by comments they had noted on many of the Raspberry Pi forums they felt sure that there was a demand for such a display. Costing the design for a run of 1000 units they decided to crowdfund it using Kickstarter. After just a few days on the site they had already been pledged double what they needed so the display will be making an appearance early on in the New Year.