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A Tiny Dev Board With The Size Of 1/4 Of The Raspberry Pi

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Posted April 7, 2015

The Onion Omega is a hardware development platform designed for software developers which runs a full Linux (Arduino-compatible) and has a built-in WiFi and is 1/4 of the size of the Raspberry Pi. It lets you prototype hardware devices using familiar tools such as Git, pip, npm, and using programming languages such as Python, Javascript (Node.JS), PHP, Ruby and many others.

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The Onion Omega is integrated with the Onion Cloud. This means that it can interact with the many Web services and can also communicate with other Internet connected devices and can be accessed securely through the customizable RESTful APIs. The Onion Cloud is free for non-commercial use. All hardware schematics, board design, and bill of materials will be open sourced, the system software, as well as an API, communications between the Omega and the Onion Cloud  will be open sourced as well.

Hardware specs

  • Dimensions: 28.2mm x 42mm (1.1″ x 1.7″)
  • CPU: Atheros AR9331 400MHZ MIPS 24K
  • RAM: 64MB DDR2 400MHz
  • Flash: 16MB
  • WiFi: 802.11b/g/n 150Mbps
  • Ethernet: 100Mbps
  • GPIO: 18
  • USB: USB 2.0, Supports additional USB Hub
  • Power: 3.3V
  • Antenna: PCB Antenna w/ uFL Connector
  • Power Consumption: 0.6W

Expansions can be plugged into the Dock to add additional capabilities. There are 4 expansions prototyped and tested, and will be added more. Expansions are $15 each.

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The expansions are stackable.

 

There is an app store of sorts offering up easy ways to reprogram the board for use with different types of hardware. The project has already reached their goal on the Kickstarter. If you’re looking to pre-order, you can pledge $25 to get both the Omega and the Dock. The target ship date is August 2015.

 

Source: Kickstarter

 

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