This single-board computer comes pre-installed with Windows 10 and an Arduino-compatible coprocessor.
Microcomputers aren’t only getting smaller, they’re getting a whole heck of a lot cheaper, too. Just in recent months alone, both the $9 C.H.I.P. and the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero have generated quite a bit of buzz amongst the Maker crowd. However, getting a single-board that runs Windows is a bit more difficult and requires you to dig a little deeper into your pockets. That was until now, at least.
Meet the LattePanda — a $69 board equipped with an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Cherry Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and yes, a preloaded Windows 10 operating system. What’s more, there’s a pricier ($130) LattePanda Enhanced that boasts the same processor and design along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
LattePanda is the perfect portable computing device, enabling you to do typical PC things like create documents with Microsoft Office, play HD videos and run Windows apps, all on the go. Since it’s pre-installed with Windows 10, each board features tools including Visual Studio, NodeJS, Java and Processing. Plus, the microcomputer supports a number of accessories, ranging from sensors and joysticks to Leap Motion controllers and Kinect.
Both versions pack HDMI, USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, an audio jack, Ethernet, as well as microUSB for power.
And here’s the part that really fascinates us: The board, which measures just 3.5” by 2.8” in size, includes an ATmega32U4 coprocessor for Arduino compatibility, serial ports and a touchscreen connector.
“Whether you are a Windows developer, an IoT developer, a hardware DIYer, an interactive designer, a robotics whizz or a Maker, LattePanda can aid your creative process,” its team writes.
Among the example use cases provided are camera-enabled robots, security monitoring system, cloud-connected IoT devices and real-time data research projects. With onboard Ei-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and Ethernet connectivity, data transmission can be seamless.
Ready to say goodbye to your bulky laptop? Not only can it serve as a fully-functional Windows PC, it also offers serial connectors, GPIO pins and Arduino support. Head over to its Kickstarter campaign, where the LattePanda crew is seeking $158,858. Delivery is slated for March 2016.