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World's smallest Linux server, with Wi-Fi built-in. Building for the Internet of Things doesn't get easier than this!
World's smallest Linux server, with Wi-Fi built-in. Building for the Internet of Things doesn't get easier than this!
World's smallest Linux server, with Wi-Fi built-in. Building for the Internet of Things doesn't get easier than this!
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Omega2: $5 Linux Computer with Wi-Fi, Made for IoT

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Introducing the Omega2, the $5 IoT computer.

What the heck is an IoT computer? It is a Linux computer designed specifically for building connected hardware applications. It combines the tiny form factor and power-efficiency of the Arduino, with the power and flexibilities of the Raspberry Pi.

  • The Omega2 is simple, even for people who are just getting started with building hardware.
  • The Omega2 is affordable, starting at just $5.

With the Omega2, we want to lower the barrier of entry, and allow everyone to take the leap into hardware development.

1. Onion Developer Sticker (ALL backers)

2. Omega2 Breadboard Dock (backers who pledge $64 or more)

3. 3 Months of FREE Data (for backers who get the Cellular Expansion)

Click here to check out a map of availability for Hologram's data service.

We made the Omega2 tiny so that it can easily fit into your DIY project or commercial product. It is less than 1/4 the size of the Raspberry Pi, and less than 1/3 the size of the Arduino Uno.

The Omega2 has integrated Wi-Fi and on-board flash storage. This means that it springs to life the moment you power it on. You don't have to worry about buying Wi-Fi dongles or installing operating system images onto external SD cards.

Using the Omega2 is just like using a desktop computer. We've built simple and intuitive apps for you to interact with the Omega2. We also have an App Store where you can discover even more apps!For the more adventurous, you can even build apps with our SDK and publish them on the Onion App Store to share with the world :)

Don't be fooled by its size, the Omega2 is a full computer running Linux, the same operating system that powers some of the world's most mission-critical infrastructure. You can think of the Omega2 as a tiny Linux server with Wi-Fi. (Yes, it even runs Apache!)

For the BSD fans out there, the Omega2 also runs FreeBSD!

An important benefit of running Linux is that the Omega2 can be programmed with whatever language you want. Save time by using languages and libraries you are already familiar with.

The Omega2 is seamlessly integrated with the Onion Cloud. This allows you toremote control it from anywhere in the world with our intuitive Web UI or RESTful APIs. You can also view the status of your Omega2 in real-time, and deploy software updates to it when it is in the field.

Using the Omega2 with the Onion Cloud is optional.

The Omega2 is easily expandable. We have designed a whole lot of expansions so you can add capabilities to it through simple plug-n-play.

The Omega2 is designed for connectivity. It has Wi-Fi built in, and we have built expansions so that you can easily add Bluetooth, Cellular, and GPS to your projects.

The Omega2 can be easily added to your existing Arduino projects. We have designed an Arduino Dock so that you can make use of your existing Arduino shields.

For those extra demanding projects, we’ve created the Omega2 Plus. It uses the same chipset as the Omega2, but has double the built-in storage and memory, and, on top of that, there’s a MicroSD slot built in, so you’ll never have to worry about running out of space!

Home Automation

A pressure sensor activated lamp (pressure sensor built into the couch)
A pressure sensor activated lamp (pressure sensor built into the couch)

Learning to Code

Katarina learning how to get the LEDs to blink in different patterns
Katarina learning how to get the LEDs to blink in different patterns

Creating Digital Art

Onion wall-lamp built with Omega2 and RGB LEDs
Onion wall-lamp built with Omega2 and RGB LEDs

Wi-Fi Media Server

Omega2 turning spare USB sticks into a wireless media server
Omega2 turning spare USB sticks into a wireless media server

Streaming Music

AirPlay boombox built with the Omega2
AirPlay boombox built with the Omega2

Robotics

Using the Omega2 to wirelessly control the 7Bot Robot Arm
Using the Omega2 to wirelessly control the 7Bot Robot Arm

Networking Stuff

Using the Omega2 as an impromptu Wi-Fi range extender
Using the Omega2 as an impromptu Wi-Fi range extender

And much more...

Front and back of the Omega2 Plus
Front and back of the Omega2 Plus

The pinout for the Omega2 is subject to change without prior notice.

Expansion Dock

A-la-carte price: $15.00

The Expansion Dock powers the Omega2, it breaks out all of the GPIOs, and allows you to expand your Omega2 with expansion modules. It has a USB-to-serial chip on-board, allowing you to access the Omega2 easily through the serial terminal.

Mini Dock

A-la-carte price: $15.00

The Mini Dock provides power to the Omega2, and it allows you to plug in USB devices. It is designed primarily for volume-constrained applications, as well as applications that do not require any Expansions (networking, for example). The Mini Dock has a USB-to-serial chip just like the Expansion Dock.

Power Dock

A-la-carte price: $15.00

The Power Dock provides power to the Omega2 via a lithium polymer battery. It also comes with a charging circuit to allow you to charge your battery. The Power Dock does not come with a USB-to-serial chip but the GPIOs are broken out so you can use Expansions.

Arduino Dock R2

A-la-carte price: $15.00

The Arduino Dock R2 is a full Arduino Uno that allows your Omega2 to control the Arduino chip through a serial connection. It lets you to make use of all of your existing Arduino Shields and you can program it with the Arduino IDE, just like any other Arduino! We’ve also broken out the Omega2’s GPIOs, so you can use Expansions with the Arduino Dock R2 once you solder down the headers.

Relay Expansion

A-la-carte price: $15.00

The Relay Expansion comes with two relays so you can control lights or other electrical signals with the Omega2. The relays are rated for 2A @ 240V.

OLED Expansion

A-la-carte price: $15.00

The OLED Expansion adds a 128x64 monochrome OLED screen to the Omega2. You can use the screen to display both text and images with our API and App.

PWM Expansion

A-la-carte price: $15.00

The PWM Expansion adds 16 PWM output channels to the Omega2. Use it to control your servo motors or LEDs.

Ethernet Expansion

A-la-carte price: $15.00

The Ethernet Expansion exposes the ethernet port on the Omega2. You can use it to flash the Omega2's firmware, or to turn the Omega2 into a router.

Bluetooth Expansion

A-la-carte price: $5.00

The BLE Expansion adds bluetooth 4.0 to the Omega2. Useful for streaming music from your phone.

Audio Expansion

A-la-carte price: $5.00

The USB Audio Expansion is a flexible audio dongle that adds 7.1 Channel Audio capability to the Omega.

GPS Expansion

A-la-carte price: $25.00

The GPS Expansion adds GPS capability to the Omega2. Use your Omega2 to track your outdoor activity with the Power Dock!

Proto Expansion

A-la-carte price: $5.00

Can't find the expansion you are looking for? Try building it with the Proto Expansion!

Note: third-party expansions are not included in the expansions selection in the tiers. They are available only on an a-la-carte basis.

Hologram

We have partnered up with Hologram to offer a Cellular Expansion that adds 3G cellular connectivity to the Omega2. The Cellular Expansion is available a-la-carte for $45.00.

For more information about data plans and pricing, please visit Hologram's pricing page here.

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Our friends at ControlEverything have made a whole collection of add-on modules for the Omega2 that are designed for industrial applications. The following modules are available to you a-la-carte:

  • Omega to CE Socket Adapter ($1.00, bundled)
  • I2C Adapter with USB Interface ($1.00, bundled)
  • Current Monitoring Controller - 2 Channels up to 70 Amps ($42.00)
  • Temperature Sensor - Wide Range: -40°C to +125°C($15.00)
  • Humidity and Temperature Sensor ($15.00)
  • 3 Axis Accelerometer ($15.00)
  • Gyroscope - 16 bit Triaxial ($15.00)
  • Light Sensor - 16 Bit with Programmable Gain ($15.00)
  • Pressure Sensor - 300-1100 hPa (15.00)
  • Gas Sensor - Ammonia Benzene Alcohol Sensor ($15.00)
  • Buzzer - For those times you need a buzzing Onion ($13.00)
  • Blue LED Display - 3-Character 7 Segment Display ($13.00)
  • Potentiometer - 2-Channel 256 Position($13.00)
  • Relay Controllers - 2, 4, or 8 Channels with up to 30 Amp Ratings ($24.00 - $55.00)
  • Analog to Digital Converter ($15.00)
  • Digital to AnalogConverter ($15.00)

They've also been kind enough to create two kits:

Omega Tinker Kit ($59.00)

  • I2C Adapter with USB Interface for Onion Omega
  • 2 Channel 10 Amp Relay Controller with 6 Digital IOs
  • Analog to Digital Converter - 12-Bit Sensor Input
  • Potentiometer Output - 2-Channel 256 Position Potentiometer Controller
  • Potentiometer Sensor - Digitally read a Potentiometer Input

Omega Hardcore Kit ($99.00)

  • I2C Adapter with USB Interface for Onion Omega
  • 2 Channel 10 Amp Relay Controller with 6 Digital IOs
  • Analog to Digital Converter - 12-Bit Sensor Input
  • Light Sensor - 16 Bit with Programmable Gain
  • Temperature Sensor - Wide Range: -40°C to +125°C
  • Blue LED Display - 3 Character 7 Segment Display
  • 3 Axis Accelerometer Module
  • Buzzer

Rocki

A-la-carte price: $15.00

We have partnered with Rocki to provide you with an I2S Audio Expansion for the Omega2. This audio expansion adds audio input and output capability via both the USB and I2S interfaces. The I2S Audio Expansion can also be used with Rocki's Music Streaming SDK to create audio applications that plays music from content providers such as Spotify and SoundCloud.

Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Adapter

A-la-carte price: $15.00

The PoE Adapter splits PoE input into data and power output. This allows you to take advantage of PoE-enabled router and simplify cable management for your ethernet-enabled IoT applications.

Breadboards

A-la-carte price: $5.00 (full-size), $3.00 (half-size)

The best thing since sliced bread!

The Omega2 will be shipped worldwide.

Tier prices do not include the shipping fees. In order to ensure that all backer information is up-to-date so we can calculate the most accurate shipping cost, we will be collecting the shipping fees when we send the backer surveys in August. Exact shipping rates vary depending on the weight of your selected tier and your destination. We have a strong fulfillment partner who provides us with very low shipping rates. The shipping cost will be similar to the shipping cost quoted on our online store.

Hi everyone! We are Onion. We are a team of 13 makers based in Boston, Toronto and Shenzhen. We love to tinker around with electronics, and we chase that sense of accomplishment you get when your project comes to life. We want to share this feeling with the whole world.

Risks and challenges

We have fully functional prototypes of the Omega2 (as well as all the accessories), and we have an established supply chain to fulfill all the rewards. However, our experience tells us that unforeseen events can happen that result in delays in delivering the rewards. Having said that, we want you to know this: what we value the most is our relationship with you, our supporters. As a result, you have our word that we will remain completely transparent and keep you in the loop every step of the way.

But other than that, sit back and relax! We have done this before, and we will not stop until we have delivered everything you've pledged for!

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    A whole family of Omega2 goodies!

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    Starter Kit

    Jump-start your IoT development with the Omega2 Starter Kit, it includes everything you need to create 11 circuits that will teach you how to control LEDs, read inputs, control and read external sensors and displays, learn Python, and much more.

    Step by step instructions for building each circuit with the included parts will be found in the online Starter Kit Guide.

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    • Expansion Dock
    • Breadboard
    • 6" USB Micro-B Cable
    • Wall Charger 1A@5V Output
    • Plastic Carrying Case
    • Solid Core Jumper Wires (x40)
    • Multi-color LEDs (x20 assorted)
    • Resisters (x40 assorted)
    • Tactile Buttons (x12)
    • SPDT Switch
    • TMP102 Temperature Sensor
    • 7 Segment Display
    • 16x2 LCD Screen
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    Starter Kit - Arduino Flavor

    Dive into IoT development with the Arduino flavored Omega2 Starter Kit! With the included Arduino Dock R2, you can supercharge your projects by combining the familiar Arduino platform with the power & connectivity of the Omega2.

    This kit includes everything you need to build 15 circuits that will teach you how to control LEDs, read digital and analog inputs, read data from a variety of different sensors, and control external components and displays.

    Step by step instructions for building each circuit with the included parts will be found in the online Arduino-Flavored Starter Kit Guide.

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    • Solid Core Jumper Wires (x40)
    • Wall Charger 1A@5V Output
    • Plastic Carrying Case
    • Multi-color LEDs (x20 assorted)
    • Resisters (x40 assorted)
    • Tactile Buttons (x12)
    • 7 Segment Display
    • 74HC595 Shift Register
    • Sub-Micro Size Servo Motor
    • Standard Size Servo Motor
    • 10K Trimpot
    • TMP36 Temperature Sensor
    • Photo-Resistor
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    Everything you need to get started with the Omega.

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    Maker Kit

    Take your IoT development into overdrive with the Omega2 Maker Kit. It includes everything from the Starter Kit and the Relay, Servo, and OLED Expansions, our three most popular expansions!

    Build the same circuits as in the Starter Kit AND conduct 13 additional experiments using the Onion Expansions, including how to control servos, use an H-bridge to control a DC motor, write text and images to the OLED display, and control other high-powered circuits with the Relay Expansion.

    Step by step instructions for building each circuit and running through each experiment will be found in the online Maker Kit Guide.

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    • Relay Expansion
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    • 6" USB Micro-B Cable
    • Wall Charger 1A@5V Output
    • Plastic Carrying Case
    • Solid Core Jumper Wires (x40)
    • Multi-color LEDs (x20 assorted)
    • Resisters (x40 assorted)
    • Tactile Buttons (x12)
    • SPDT Switch
    • TMP102 Temperature Sensor
    • 7 Segment Display
    • 16x2 LCD Screen
    • 74HC595 Shift Register
    • Sub-Micro Size Servo Motor
    • Standard Size Servo Motor
    • DC Motor
    • SN754410 H-Bridge IC
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    Pro Collection

    You are an Omega2 professional!

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    You are an inventor! Enough said!

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    Ultimate Collection

    Absolutely everything you will need to invent the future using the Omega2!

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