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By Evan Williams
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About

LocalPOD is a small computer that can serve a lot of your personal needs.  It is still a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) device for the saavy computer user.

It uses the Intel Galileo Gen 2 Small Board computer with an Intel Centrino 135 Bluetooth Wifi Daughterboard and a Vizic Technologies 272 x 320 pixel touch screen LCD display.

I have finished the design of the case and am completing the first version of the LocalPOD software.  It currently manages connections to wifi and the built in ethernet using the touchscreen.  But this device is much more than an router with a touchscreen and I hope to make the software more full-featured by the time the product is delivered to you.

Risks and challenges

Software has always been a challenge for me. But this time, I feel that the scope for version 1.0 is limited enough that this first version of LocalPOD will be of use on its own. I intend to publish updates of this software on a website. On the more positive side, all my experience in building Linux kernels really paid off in building a custom yocto image which has busybox, bluetoothctl, python and node.js

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    LocalPOD

    One completed LocalPOD unit. This is a 3D printed case with at 272x320 touch screen LCD on top. It contains the Intel Galileo board with Linux built and ready for your use. Also is a Centrino 135 Wifi Bluetooth Daughter board.

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