Braben has developed a tiny USB stick PC that has a HDMI port in one end and a USB port on the other. You plug it into a HDMI socket and then connect a keyboard via the USB port giving you a fully functioning machine running a version of Linux. The cost? $25.
The hardware being offered is no slouch either. It uses a 700MHz ARM11 processor coupled with 128MB of RAM and runs OpenGL ES 2.0 allowing for decent graphics performance with 1080p output confirmed. Storage is catered for by an SD card slot. It also looks as though modules can be attached such as the 12MP camera seen in the image above.
We can expect it to run a range of Linux distributions, but it looks like Ubuntu may be the distro it ships with. That means it will handle web browsing, run office applications, and give the user a fully functional computer to play with as soon as it’s plugged in. All that and it can be carried in your pocket or on a key chain.
bhylak wrote:It is 25 dollars...! What is the power source... Since it has USB, it'd be easy to add a servo controller or motor controller... Too bad it can't run Windows yet...
bhylak wrote:LOL! No, no one hacked my account. Windows is a good robotics platform. Theres not much serial support for mac...
While we're on the subject, someone get OS X to run on that thing!!!