Another kickstarter darling in the making. Here’s also a nice interview with the team behind the project.
Be quick if you’re interested in backing one, the cheaper pledges are running out…fast!
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This is all very impressive, but what application would you really use it for (please, do not recall the ones mentioned in the video…).
- For the purpose of simple prototyping or proof of concept its specs become rather overdimensioned.
- For larger installations you probably have the space and budget to fit something like a Mac Mini or similar.
So if you are making something larger, which requires a bit more sophistication than the standard Arduino, but cannot fit, buy or use a Mac Mini, this is the product for you! _IF_ you manage to program it, which some of those eager Raspberry Pi backers have been struggling with for quite some time.
This, like the Raspberry Pi, become popular through novelty, but will most likely live a secluded shelf life. That said, it would be great to be proven wrong.
A nice name indeed and I think this could be interesting for folks wanting to have an one solution fits all type of board. I think for prototyping and experimentation, there is value in having separate CPU/microcontroller. One is cost of failure/mistake, if you fry your board, you don’t have to replace the whole thing. Also, for troubleshooting and debugging, you can handle one thing/problem at at time (computer works great independent of the micro, or vice-versa). With everything packaged in one stack/unit, it’s all or nothing kind of deal, and for novice and experts alike, finding the issue can become very difficult/challenging.
Seeing the video makes me worry about happily using jumper wires directly on the motherboard. A cable slips or you are not super careful while plugging that new shield, and oups you just killed your CPU.
Anyway, good to see more options for prototyping. It seems this could go back to a tight OS + micro package, a bit like Phidget offers. Not a bad route if you ask me.
Like Camille already said, I also think it does too many things and makes me worry about debugging. It might even be more complex to get started for beginners having to choose what platform to run.
However, I do like:
- The placement of all connectors on one side of the board compared to the pi, which has connectors all over the place and is hard to package in a nice case.
- The GPIOs layout compatible with arduino shields
- builtin wifi module
Nerd fact sheet :)
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