If you enjoy building projects using either an Arduino microcontrollers or Raspberry Pi min PC but find that there are a little limited for your needs and requirements whilst building a robotic project, you might be interested in a new development board in the form of the Rex ARM-powered robot controller board.
The Rex robot controller board has been designed by Alphalem based in San Mateo, California and takes the form of a single board computer which is small enough to sit in the palm of your hand.
The Rex robot board has been designed to provide developers with a high-level control over microcontrollers, sensors, and motor drivers. Its developers explain a little more:
“There are two general classes of electronics used in robot hardware: microcontrollers (ex. Arduino) and single-board computers. Microcontrollers are great for projects that only require a single program to be run, quickly and without overhead, like controlling LEDs and motors (here’s a video of Mike using one in a robot). Single-board computers are great for anything you’d need a cheap, small computer for – like networking applications and image processing.”
– Texas Instruments DM3730
– 1GHz 32-bit ARM Cortex-A8 Processor core
– 800MHz DSP core
– 512MB LPDDR RAM
– USB Host port
– MicroSD slot
– Camera Module port
– 3.5mm Stereo Audio-in jack
– 3.5mm Stereo Audio-out jack
– 14-pin GPIO header
– 6-12V Battery Pack Input for mobile development
– 5V Regulated Input for desktop development
The Rex robot controller project is currently over on the Kickstarter website looking to raise enough pledges to make the jump from concept to production. So if you think Rex is something you could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge and help Rex become a reality.
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