UDOO Might Eat Raspberry Pi for Lunch
Here’s a no-brainer: the UDOO – a project by Bruno Sinopoli of Carnegie Mellon University. It combines the best of two prototyping platforms – the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi – into a single unit that’s low-power, low-cost and has a compact form factor. They’re targeting the DIY crowd and education markets and have focused on ease of use — “UDOO should be for everyone, even for those people without strong skill in coding and electronics.”
They’ve just launched on Kickstarter and have already racked up nearly 50% of their fundraising target – and it’s not surprising. Besides a smaller form factor and being able to run from a single power supply, combining Arduino and Raspberry Pi has a number of practical advantages. For one, the Linux side is connected directly to the Arduino side, making it possible to update the Arduino’s code without using a personal computer. This could enable sensor and Internet of Things project that have over-the-air software updates to all aspects of the software.
The UDOO promises to run either Linux or Android and will work with all the shields, sensors and actuators that are available for Arduino DUE. It will be available in both a dual and a quad core ARM cortex-A9 CPU model, each with dedicated ARM processors for the GPIO.
- Arduino DUE compatible (works with all existing shields, IDEs, etc)
- Switchable between Android 4.0 and Linux
- Wifi module
- Full HD video output
- Touchscreen inputs
- Mini USB (and 2 USB type A)
- Analog audio and mic jacks
Check out their Kickstarter and pledge for a UDOO – $99. Their video shows some off some imaginative project ideas for this device.
UPDATE: UDOO just hit their full Kickstarter goal (under 48 hours from launching it)