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 $259 Arduino Robot kit. Two years in the works, it support more than 100 open source Arduino libraries and comes with documentation detailing a dozen implementations.
“We obsess over the user experience—how fast you can go from opening the box to making something with it is important,” said Banzi. “Just because it is open source doesn’t mean it has to be ugly,” he said.
The following pages provide some of Banzi's foils from the launch event as well as other pictures of the products.
unless I am missing something, 69$ for this board is on the high side. 30-40$ would have been the right price.. I would expect these guys do a better negotiation with vendors like Qualcomm, as, if some product made of these kits takeoff, those vendors would be the direct beneficiaries.
Excellent idea. There is a lot of competition in that space right now. The fact that it's and Arduino gives it a leg up as does the pre-made API.
Depending on how complete and easy to use thee APIs are, it could be a very big leg up. Trying to communicate between the processor on the board (not just to the web server) and the client web page is not as easy as it should be. Hopefully this will mitigate that difficulty.
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