This one is for all the makers out there! If you want to get your hands on Windows 10 for various do-it-yourself electronics projects, it was announced earlier this year that you could do it with a new Raspberry Pi 2 board. But just last week during the WinHEC conference in Shenzhen, China, it was announced that a new option is going to be available from Qualcomm.
Specifically, Qualcomm will be offering its DragonBoard 410c for use with Windows 10 this summer.
The small – think credit card-sized! – DragonBoard 410c is also a board computer. This board costs a little more than double the price of a Raspberry Pi 2 unit ($75 vs. $35, respectively), but it also adds a large pile of extra features and functionality which should justify the additional expense. With the Qualcomm board, you get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 64-bit ARM CPU. This board also supports Qualcomm iZat, which offers location tracking through GPS and mapping.
The DragonBoard 410c has an Adreno 306 graphics processor, which can handle 1080p video. It also has USB ports, an HDMI slot and a micro-SD slot (you can see what it will look like in the image above).
As they note in ComputerWorld, “the Qualcomm board has a blend of horsepower, graphics and location-tracking capabilities not found on other board computers.”
Microsoft plans to provide an optimized version of Windows 10 called “Athens” for free to users of ARM-based board units later this year.
“Enthusiasts could use Windows 10 to make robots, drones or wearables that can be remotely tracked,” notes the story in ComputerWorld. Alternatively, this board also supports both Android and Linux, and it can be used to make everything from “Internet of Everything products” to medical instruments, industrial equipment and casino gaming consoles, according to details released by Qualcomm.
It is also worth noting that both Qualcomm and Microsoft are members of the AllSeen Alliance, and Windows 10 will support the AllJoyn framework, “a software platform designed to help devices easily recognize and pass on commands to each other.” This is where the Internet of Things starts to get really interesting – or perhaps a bit scary – as our connected devices start to talk to one another!
We’re excited about this latest addition to the DIY board scene. This affordable access to computing power gives more and more people the opportunity to harness their creativity in cool new ways. For instance, we just read the other day about a project that turns a Raspberry Pi 2 into a retro gaming console device so you can play all of those games from your youth over and over again! We can hardly wait to see what else people do with these pocket-sized boards.
Qualcomm’s DragonBoard 410c will ship later this year. Additionally, you should expect to see tutorials and documentation for Windows 10 on DragonBoard 410c coming soon. We’ll keep an eye out for it.
(Image courtesy of Qualcomm.)