Arduino and Raspberry Pi are great, well-utilized DIY boards for hacking just about anything you want to design. But if you're looking for an alternate hacker board, here are seven that Steve Nelson, Freescale's director of ecosystem and marketing programs, presented at this week's Designers of Things (DoT) conference.
With some starting below the $20 mark, these Freescale-enabled, alternative hacker boards are community-supported and allow the transition to low-cost commercial volume manufacturing while still being compatible and easy-to-use, according to Nelson.
WaRP, a Freescale supported board targeted specifically at wearable design, includes a i.MX 6SoloLite processor based on Cortex-A9 architecture, Android 4.3, E-ink display, wireless charging, MCU for sensor aggregation, orientation and pedometer functions, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless module, and multi-chip package with LP-DDR2 and eMMCmemories for $149.
Overall, Nelson advises keeping five "S" thoughts in mind when choosing a board: Simplicity, as in ease of installation and operation; Staying power, meaning will it hold its value over time with consumers; Stability, questioning if a board needs regular rebooting or updating; Security as a factor in design; and Standards for compatibility regardless of the manufacture.
Click on the boards below or flip through to see Nelson's seven alternative hacker boards and projects for each, some of which utilize these boards as well as more common ones like Raspberry Pi.
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- Teensy 3.1