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jnissen
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Re: Cost
jnissen   9/30/2014 7:16:32 PM
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I'm a tight wad so $40 is about my threshold for a board to play with. Obvioulsy if there were an application that required nearly every feature of the new board - sure it may make sense. Only commenting that for 90% of the guys or gals tinkering with this stuff it will not likely fly if it's over their threshold of $$$$ pain!

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kfield   9/30/2014 5:40:47 PM
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@jnissen "Perhaps ole Steve needs to add another "S" to his list. Sanity! Who in the builder community would consider a $150 board to "play" with."

 

What is your threshhold price point?

John.McLellan
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John.McLellan   9/26/2014 10:39:57 AM
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The QUAD core boards are around $150 bucks.  The Hummingboard with a SINGLE core is $45 bucks!  

icenyne
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icenyne   9/25/2014 5:02:04 PM
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The first two in the list are $20 or less. 

The latter five boards have a whole lot more horsepower and GPIO than the Adruino or RasPi.

I've built a photo booth centered around a Compulab Utilite Pro (i.MX6Q with 2GB of RAM) running Ubuntu. The Utilite uses libgphoto2 to take 4 photos and then composites them with graphicsmagick. The job can be just as easily be done by any one of the listed i.MX6D boards at a lower cost.

All the commercial photobooths I've seen have rather high end Wintel computer that does the compositing. I have not tried to get Ubuntu to print; I just copy the files off through my own local network and print from a Macbook.

So it really all depends on horsepower and the intended application. The Freedom boards compare well against the whole Arduino ecosystem. All the i.MX6 boards are a big step above RasPi in terms of memory and processor speed.

jnissen
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jnissen   9/25/2014 3:04:03 PM
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Perhaps ole Steve needs to add another "S" to his list. Sanity! Who in the builder community would consider a $150 board to "play" with.

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