In his mind, Kinoma Create is much more complete than what a single-board computer can offer. Hoddie explained that it incorporates a lot of fundamental hardware and software components that developers would love to use, if not for the daunting chore of figuring out basic hardware configurations and porting a software driver.
In describing "some neat tricks" included in Kinoma Create hardware, Hoddie noted that it comes with "a case to make it portable, a battery to make it mobile, adjustable legs to reorient it, and an integrated breadboard for adding sensors -- no soldering iron needed."
Hoddie's team made sure that Kinoma Create built in "all the stuff that's missing from most prototyping kits, too," he said. Those missing pieces include: a screen, capacitive touch, speaker, microphone, USB, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a micro SD card slot. "We included all those extras so creators can use their time to bring their idea to life, not getting the basic configuration to work," Hoddie added.
Kinoma Create device
Details Hoddie's team incorporated in Kinoma Create are also applied to its software. Hoddie explained:
The crowdfunding campaign for Kinoma Create is already live on Indiegogo here. Marvell noted that campaign perk levels are designed to reward early support, educators, and those who would benefit from additional access to the expertise of the Kinoma team.
Meanwhile, Marvell is making Kinoma Studio immediately available as a free download here.
— Junko Yoshida, Chief International Correspondent, EE Times