What are YOU using YOUR Roboard For?

Based on DMP's Vortex processor / SoC this board is a full computer capable of running a standard Windows and Linux installation on the backpack of your robot.
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What are YOU using YOUR Roboard For?

Post by PaulL » Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:15 am

Post by PaulL
Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:15 am

I thought this might be a fun question to post for such an incredible product:

Just what are you doing or what do you hope to do with YOUR Roboard?

Roboard's got a lot of capability in one small package, and you could use it for any number of things. Just to start to paint a picture of the possibilities, perhaps:

* Robotic Control - But what type of Robot? Any particularly neat features that capitalize on Roboard's capabilities?
* Home Automation / Smart Home - It's an extremely low-power, ethernet-ready PC, and could perform any number of specialized tasks. The more recent X10 controllers use a USB interface, so one could interface with that quite easily.
* Automotive Control - I think Roboard's got enough power to beat out the embedded controllers in most, if not all cars. Has anyone considered replacing or augmenting their vehicle's capabilities with a Roboard? One wide LCD, and you've got dashboard replacement potential. I watch Top Gear and hear about the dynamic handling systems, speculating what they might add to the cost of a vehicle, and think - "I bet a Roboard could do that!".
* Industrial Control - I think Roboard's perfectly capable of running an assembly line at least as a top-level controller (SCADA system), if not interfacing with hardware directly itself. Also, Roboard could make a decent CNC controller as well (stepper motor step / direction signals via GPIO, limit sensors via GPIO, etc, etc).

The potential is astounding, and the price is SO much more reasonable than just about any other competing type of system. I plan to purchase Roboards for other projects myself, home automation and improving my home's capability and efficiency is one, but my 'bot comes first. :)

So, What are YOU doing with YOUR Roboard??? Got any cool ideas? :)

(A note to Roboard - I'm sure you know, this board has HUGE potential in other markets, possibly more lucratively than "toy" robotics alone - have you considered marketing the product for other markets? I know DMP mentions industrial applications, but Roboard is a finished product that could quickly be integrated into many different solutions!!!)

Paul
I thought this might be a fun question to post for such an incredible product:

Just what are you doing or what do you hope to do with YOUR Roboard?

Roboard's got a lot of capability in one small package, and you could use it for any number of things. Just to start to paint a picture of the possibilities, perhaps:

* Robotic Control - But what type of Robot? Any particularly neat features that capitalize on Roboard's capabilities?
* Home Automation / Smart Home - It's an extremely low-power, ethernet-ready PC, and could perform any number of specialized tasks. The more recent X10 controllers use a USB interface, so one could interface with that quite easily.
* Automotive Control - I think Roboard's got enough power to beat out the embedded controllers in most, if not all cars. Has anyone considered replacing or augmenting their vehicle's capabilities with a Roboard? One wide LCD, and you've got dashboard replacement potential. I watch Top Gear and hear about the dynamic handling systems, speculating what they might add to the cost of a vehicle, and think - "I bet a Roboard could do that!".
* Industrial Control - I think Roboard's perfectly capable of running an assembly line at least as a top-level controller (SCADA system), if not interfacing with hardware directly itself. Also, Roboard could make a decent CNC controller as well (stepper motor step / direction signals via GPIO, limit sensors via GPIO, etc, etc).

The potential is astounding, and the price is SO much more reasonable than just about any other competing type of system. I plan to purchase Roboards for other projects myself, home automation and improving my home's capability and efficiency is one, but my 'bot comes first. :)

So, What are YOU doing with YOUR Roboard??? Got any cool ideas? :)

(A note to Roboard - I'm sure you know, this board has HUGE potential in other markets, possibly more lucratively than "toy" robotics alone - have you considered marketing the product for other markets? I know DMP mentions industrial applications, but Roboard is a finished product that could quickly be integrated into many different solutions!!!)

Paul
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