Archive for October, 2012


Posted in Hardware, MESH on October 11, 2012 by asteriondaedalus

Go figure, yet another piece of wifi genius.  Imp!



Gumstix Killer

Posted in Hardware on October 4, 2012 by asteriondaedalus

GUMSTIX (the old way)

I had been holding off on buying a gumstix because they are quite expensive for the horsepower.

Cheapest entry level (with wireless) to get I/O for robotics would be:


Overo® Air COM at US$200 plus say RoboVero™ at US$100 (US$300 all up) or with Alcatraz™ US$59 (US$259 all up).  You can pop Linux onto the thing – good – and I understand you can sneak Android onto it – very very good.

Grunt is provided by Gumstix is:

  • Architecture ARM Cortex-A8 Processor Texas Instruments OMAP 3503 Applications Processor 600 MHz RAM 512 MB NAND 512 MB

GUMSTIX KILLER (the new way)

Now, look what I put together for US$150 all up


The red brick is:

  • Dual Core Cortex-A9 1.2GHz UG802 Mini PC, Android4.0 Dongle, TV Box, HD IPTV Player, DDR3 1GB and that is a Freeduino USB Host for I/O.

Now the Android comes pre-installed (no stuffing around) and there is still a card slot.  Of course, it hasn’t got the camera and sensors of a phone but who cares if you are attaching a 9DOF board and pumping the video through a FPV system.   I can always use one of the cheaper phones with camera to pump a video stream using one of the video streaming apps.  But then again, Gumstix is sans all those things without additional add-ons.

Of course, if you paired an IOIO and a single core android mini pc you could get in at US$83 all up, but all you’d get is:

  • MK802 mini pc Android 4.0 Allwinner A10 1.5GHz Cortex-A8 (twice the grunt of a gumstix) for US$33!!