Sony will make low cost, credit card-sized single board computers called Raspberry Pi. Would something closer to the real world do more to excite young people's interest?
While we may wish the Raspberry Pi Foundation success in its
praiseworthy aims it occurs to me that another such initiative more
geared to doing things in the "real-world" might be of greater interest
to young people.
The Mbed initiative has been built up around a
couple of single-board microcontrollers and associated tools for
programming. Mbed had similar origins to Raspberry Pi. It was started by
two engineers, this time with ARM Holdings plc, as a way to help
students prototype projects with microcontrollers.
microcontrollers based on ARM 32-bit Cortex-M3 cores the boards are
powerful but – for me – the have the additional advantage is that there are many useful
peripherals on-chip. As a result Mbed is much closer to being able to make real-world
projects do real-world things.
If you are a Linux enthusiast
keen to do things with graphics on the internet you will probably go
Raspberry Pi but if you are an embedded real-world kind of person keen
to use sensors, analog inputs and fire up motor controls and etc. You
can pay your modest anount of money and make your choice.
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Webinar on designing an embedded system with based on TI processor running Linux
A slice of Pi: the $25 computer on show
ARM, NXP aid rapid MCU prototyping with online tools