April 26, 2013
ECE Associate Professor Bruno Sinopoli has joined forces with Seco USA Inc. and AidiLab to promote UDOO — a tiny, single-board computer that integrates two processors and bridges the gap between Arduino microcontrollers and the Raspberry Pi single-board computer. While not yet in mass production, a Kickstarter project launched April 9 has raised more than $300,000 to date and has been featured on CNN.com.
UDOO aims to facilitate rapid prototyping of professional solutions and support teaching activities related to physical computing, Internet of Things, and interaction design. Its creators formed a research group comprising five universities across Europe and North America to develop the prototypes for both technical and teaching purposes. This hands-on experience with UDOO will help generate an open-learning community for the product.
UDOO's specs include two processors: the ARM i.MX6 Freescale (for Android/Linux) and the ARM SAM3X (the same as the Arduino DUE) combined on a 4.33 x 3.35 inch surface. It features two mini USB ports for programming and debugging, HDMI video outputs, connectors compatible for the Arduino shield available on the market, two USB ports, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connection, SATA disk and camera connections, analog audio input/output, and a micro SD card for the operating system.
UDOO is a joint effort of SECO and AidiLab, in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of researchers with expertise in interaction design, embedded electronics, sensor networks and cognitive science. This team, which includes Sinopoli and collaborators in Northern Europe and the United States, has worked together in several projects sharing the same vision on the role of technology in human life.
To learn more about UDOO, or about how to become involved in its development, visit the Kickstarter page.