The AR9331 runs Linino, a custom version of Linux created by Musto. It communicates with the on-board Arduino processor over SPI and UART channels. Linux and Arduino processes talk via an open bridging library, posting messages to a shared mail box.
“This is the beginning of a family of products and marks the first Arduino made in China,” said Banzi. “It will be a big family…we are focused on the Internet of things,” he said.
Separately, Banzi announced a $259 Arduino Robot kit. Two years in the works, it support more than 100 open source Arduino libraries and comes with documentation detailing a dozen implementations.
“We obsess over the user experience—how fast you can go from opening the box to making something with it is important,” said Banzi. “Just because it is open source doesn’t mean it has to be ugly,” he said.
The following pages provide some of Banzi's foils from the launch event as well as other pictures of the products.
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