Carnegie Mellon University
May 09, 2016

Revolutionary UDOO maker board gets upgrade

The UDOO—a tiny, single-board computer similar to Arduino microcontrollers and the Raspberry Pi—has been upgraded. The UDOO X86 is currently the most powerful maker board on the market, ten times more powerful than the Raspberry Pi 3.

“Not only is this the only maker board capable of running Windows, Android and Linux, but it is powerful enough that it can also run all the software available for the PC world, from gaming to video streaming, from graphical editors to professional development platforms,” says Bruno Sinopoli, an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the team that created UDOO in collaboration with SECO USA Inc. and AidiLab.

Researchers from five European and North American universities developed the device for technical and teaching purposes, and the experimental platform became publically available in 2013. UDOO facilitates rapid prototyping for professionals and supports teaching activities related to physical computing, Internet of Things, and interaction design. Although the device is not currently mass produced, a limited number will be available in late 2016. The board’s low price of $89 will allow users to gain hands-on experience with the device and generate an open-learning community for the product.

UDOO X86 is touted as a complete toolbox for makers that offers a fully-functional PC plus Arduino™ 101; open source hardware and software; capability of running any PC operating system; compatibility with any programming language; no delays for kernel porting; fast compile time; and a growing user community.

To learn more about the UDOO X86, or about how to become involved in its continued development, visit the Kickstarter page.

Learn more about Bruno Sinopoli's research: