killer app for this tiny PC is .... SMART BOMBs for jehads...
just imagine, one can equip a model airplane with this PC integrated with camera, GPS, and some explosives.
it can fly 20 miles to a certain target with GPS guidance then switch to camera guidance for
the whitehouse bombed news will become reality...
someone interested in develop the open source code for free?
The media capabilities are to allow introduction to basic desktops or for kiosk use. The real capabilites for this are for developing embedded processing in sensors. Perhaps a handheld IR camera for thermal measurement, image processing for intelligent occupancy detection or security. Production line process control using wireless sensors. A device like the Beagle Board lets you do you prototyping ate a price point that won't cause the CFO to cringe, but then let you custom design your platform later.
NTP server. It could be connected to 9, more or less, external stratum 2 or pool servers listed here http://support.ntp.org/bin/view/Servers/WebHome and then serve quality time to a home or organization network, provided of course NTP is inlcuded the Linux distribution that comes with it. For more accurate time one could use a local GPS clock. Lots of people use the Rasberry Pi for this. See here http://www.satsignal.eu/ntp/Raspberry-Pi-NTP.html
What is the killer app for these tiny PCs? I can use an old laptop to stream media to my TV. A lot of the industrial applications I am familiar with are not so space constrained, so they don't need the miniaturization. Is there a big market for spider robots like in the video? Maybe low cost UAVs, or submerged applications (easier to seal a small volume)?
This is progress. I'm waiting for similar low-cost platform that can run something like a MythTV Frontend, including enough of a GPU to smoothly display HD content at least 1080p, 120Hz with motion interpolation.
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