Onion Omega Brings Net Smarts To IoT Hardware Hacking
The Raspberry Pi made experimenting with computing hardware and software program extra accessible to hundreds of thousands, and now a brand new undertaking needs to take that idea additional with a fair smaller developer board that runs full Linux and has constructed-in Wi-Fi, all on a circuit board simply 1/four of the dimensions of the Raspberry Pi.
The Onion Omega is a dev platform designed to provide software program builders a simple method to create Web of Issues purposes with out having to construct their very own hardware from the bottom up, or modify different merchandise to go well with their very own wants. The Onion Omega is designed to be straightforward so as to add to present hardware tasks, offering them with Wi-Fi capabilities, as wells a Linux-based mostly OS, 16MB of native storage, and 64MB of DDR2 400MHz RAM, in addition to pins supporting USB 2.zero and 100Mbps Ethernet.
Onion Omega’s creators, which embrace core workforce members situated in Boston, Toronto and Shenzhen, have been on the lookout for a approach to construct IoT units simply with out having to study programming past their core expertise of net dev languages, with straightforward enlargement capabilities and constructed-in cloud options. Onion Omega ships with quite a few enlargement module choices, and it additionally presents free entry to REST APIs and a variety of different related providers out of the field. There’s even an ‘app retailer’ of types providing up straightforward methods to reprogram the board to be used with several types of hardware.
Already, there are a selection of reside examples of tasks made utilizing the Onion Omega, together with this Ping Pong blaster that anybody can queue as much as goal and hearth utilizing the corporate’s net-based mostly interface.
Clearly, individuals are focused on what Onion Omega goals to perform: The venture has already garnered round $fifty five,000 in backing on Kickstarter, almost 4 occasions the $15,000 it set as its unique aim. In case you’re trying to pre-order, you’ll be able to pledge $25 to get each the Omega and the Dock, and for less than $10 extra you’ll get an enlargement module of your selecting, too. The goal ship date is August 2014 for the primary Omega models going out to backers.