bachampion wrote:Could you put the USB into the group head cover?
Unfortunately not, because that space is going to get hot, and there's not much space between the cover and group head. We really don't want a usb cable sitting on the actual group head and slowly melting.
patrickff wrote:Looking at post #475: Wouldn't it make sense to have the charging cable "exit" at the same spot where the tablet mount ('bespoke stand") is hooked to the case? This way the cable wouldn't be visible, because it would be behind the tablet.
roastini wrote:If the bottom part of the stand were split, with a slot, I wonder if a cable could be threaded through that space, behind the stand?
We've gone back to using the Steelie stand, and not a bespoke stand, for the DE1 series. The bespoke stand will be for the Cafe version, where "glued down" is a good thing. For home use, moveable is better.
The top case slides off, like with a tower computer, so it isn't easy to put a cable through a hole there, and still be able to slide the case off. Also, I really want that top to be water tight, so that if you do (for instance) put wet cups on top of the DE1, any water drips won't make it into the inside. A usb cable hole in the top would invite water to get into the case.
As far as snaking the cable around the Steelie stand, we've tried that, but it looks like a cobra strangling its prey. It's not attractive, and it also ruins the mobility. USB cables are also a bit stiff, not floppy, and we've found that moving them around arbitrary curves doesn't look good.
The most attractive solution seems to be a very short cable (about 3") with two right angle micro-usb connectors, as close to the tablet's usb charge connector as possible.
I really like, in the current design, the fact that the tablet is only kept on the DE1 via a magnet, so that you can lift it up, pull the magnet off, and wipe the top clean. It also allows you to reposition the tablet anywhere, as well as to change the angle.
Also, a non-tethered tablet allows "flight mode", a not-yet-announced feature where you grab both sides of the tablet with your hands, like an airplane controller, and tilt the tablet up or down to control pressure or flow. It's a fun way to recreate a paddle controller, for no extra cost. I have the rudiments of this feature working, but I've put finalising it aside to get more important things done first. It'll appear in a future free tablet software upgrade for the DE1+.