What's UDOO Neo?
UDOO Neo embodies a new concept: a single board computer suitable for the Post-PC era:
- Like a Raspberry Pi, you can program it in any language and run a full Linux environment with graphic interfaces.
- You get all the simplicity of an Arduino-compatible board, thanks to the Cortex-M4 and the Arduino UNO pinout layout, with the possibility of adding most Arduino™ shields, actuators and sensors, both analog and digital.
- An incredible, smoothly-running Android 4.4.3, it gives you the possibility to build new Android-based smart devices.
- You get a wireless module: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n + BT 4.0 (Classic Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy), because we hate cables.
- 9-axis motion sensors are embedded, to build your perfect drone/robot/3D printers/whatever or create new kinds of interactions with the real world.
- Open-source hardware: because we love to let you hack things or create new devices from scratch!
- Starting from $49!
Two years after the launch of UDOO, we are back! With UDOO we created a new playground for students to learn the basics of coding and electronics. Designers use UDOO as an artistic platform to build digital installations, interactive museums or new musical instruments. In these two years, Makers have hacked cars, built 3D printers and Android robots—all thanks to UDOO. Startups, businesses and research groups have prototyped Lunar Rovers, and augmented reality applications for museums and multimedia smart home applications.
With UDOO Neo we want to take it one step further. In the next five years, connected devices will outnumber the global population, and we will be living in a whole new world of automatic interactions between smart objects: this is the Internet of Things.
We designed UDOO Neo as the platform to bring you into this new world.
What makes UDOO Neo different from Raspberry Pi or Arduino™
Most Makers start with Raspberry Pi or Arduino™. We love them both, so we designed UDOO to merge these two worlds into one powerful solution. With UDOO Neo, we decided to take our bet further.
Because we share the vision that a computer is not just a screen with a keyboard: it is a toolbox for hacking the world and building daring creative projects.
Make: cool stuff you can build
UDOO Neo offers a new paradigm in the single board computer landscape: from homogeneous to heterogeneous processor. UDOO Neo embeds two cores on the same processor: a powerful 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 and an exceptional 166MHz Cortex-M4 I/O real-time co-processor on the same chip, the Freescale i.MX 6SoloX.
This is a heterogeneous processor.
UDOO Neo is born to be wireless, featuring both a powerful Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and a Bluetooth 4.0 module - Classic Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy - to connect to nearby objects, smart and mobile devices like speakers, microphones, tablets, smartphones, smart watches, beacons, cameras, smart trackers, headphones, NAS devices, smart TVs, smart cars and many other wireless devices.
UDOO Neo also embeds Wi-Fi Direct Smart Config. How does it work? It’s very simple: you connect your UDOO Neo to another device via a P2P connection, regardless of whether you have a wireless access point or not.
Finally, with UDOO Neo you can always rely on fast ethernet RJ45 (10/100 Mbps).
The Internet of Moving Things
The Internet of Things is here, all around us. From smartphones to wearables, from smart appliances to M2M applications, sensors are everywhere, and bring a world of data about moving things into the online realm.
UDOO Neo embeds 9-axis motion sensors (accelerometer, magnetometer, digital gyroscope) directly on the board. This way, you can build a drone that automatically adjusts to a perfectly stable horizontal position if there is wind. Or connect it to your motorbike and measure your riding skills, using it as a smart tracker for motorbikes. The only limit is your creativity!
Not to mention the compatibility with analog sensors. Temperature sensors, potentiometers, light resistors and many others sensors are analog, and most other boards are only compatible with digital sensors.
A pocket computer
UDOO Neo is a credit-card sized single board computer: our current prototypes are 59.3mm x 85mm (3.35" x 2.33").
UDOO Neo is indeed a pocket computer. Bring it with you wherever you go. Simply attach it to the USB port of your computer to power-it up.
Alternatively, you can use an external battery to power it up, like you would with your smartphone.
Otherwise, just attach it to a 12v power supply, a mouse and a keyboard through its USB ports or to your tv/monitor through the micro HDMI port, or LVDS touch display.
A truly flexible development environment
We designed UDOO as an easy product to get started with. On UDOO Neo, thanks to the powerful Cortex-M4, you can run Arduino™ sketches using the standard Arduino™ IDE. UDOO Neo is compatible with all the sketches, tutorials and resources available from the Arduino™ community.
On UDOO Neo, thanks to the efficient Cortex-A9, you will be able to run both Android and Linux, and just by switching the SD Card, you can shift from Android to Linux in a flash.
The UDOO Neo Kernel will be based on the Linux Kernel 3.10.
We are developing a dedicated Ubuntu-based distro for UDOO Neo, like we did with UDOObuntu for UDOO. Since UDOO Neo is an open-source hardware project, we will release u-Boot and kernel sources. With the help of the community, we will release other distros in the following months, as we did for UDOO with XBMC, Linaro Ubuntu, ArchLinux, Debian, Yocto Project, Volumio, OpenMediaVault, Debian Wheezy armHF and Open Elec.
UDOO Neo supports Android Kitkat 4.4.3. It will be a Vanilla Android: an Android version without any customization, in order to allow you to fully customize.You will also be able to install Google Apps like Google Play, Chrome, Google Now, YouTube and so on.
UDOO Neo is the perfect platform to program in the Cloud due to its unprecedented connectivity. However, we won't force you to use a proprietary cloud service. You can program locally, without staying connected or relying on proprietary servers. Or you can program in the Cloud.
There are several open-source solutions online you can already use to program in the Cloud through UDOO Neo.
UDOO Neo and Education: a creative playground for students and teachers
When we designed UDOO, students and teachers were our first concern. Students deserve a quick and smart solution, while teachers need something interactive and easy to teach.
UDOO Neo helps classrooms approach subjects like electronics, computer science, robotics or interaction design.
Regardless of whether you're an expert or a beginner, UDOO Neo is the perfect tool for both beginning and advanced programming skills. On UDOO Neo, you can indeed write in any language you already know. On our website, www.udoo.org, you'll find many step-by-step tutorials, structured for different levels of expertise, from beginner to advanced.
If you are interested in electronics, UDOO Neo is also an exceptional starting point to start tinkering and get experienced with Arduino™ and circuitry. You can take any Arduino™ project from www.arduino.cc and build it on UDOO as if it were a wireless Arduino™!
UDOO is already collaborating with many schools, like the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology in Bangalore, India, University of Siena, Italy, the Sarrocchi Institute of Technology in Siena, Italy, and Malignani Institute of Technology in Udine, Italy, by giving students the chance to gain experience developing software, open source hardware and Internet of Things applications.
An amazing community of open-source projects
Around UDOO, a vibrant community is growing and growing.
UDOO Neo, like UDOO, is an open-source hardware product, so all the schematics, gerber files and the BOM (bill of materials) will be available for hacking when the board is released. Being open-source is crucial to supporting our community.
Thanks to its flexibility, UDOO Neo allows you to re-create any Arduino™ or Raspberry Pi projects you want.
Each day, UDOOers meet each other in our forum, and exchange points of view and details about their current projects.
We are proud of our community and the projects it has realized in these two years.
UDOO Neo specs
Meet the team
UDOO is the result of a joint effort between SECO and AIDILAB. SECO designs and manufactures each product in the UDOO family. Relying on SECO means relying on a manufacturer with over 35 years of experience in the single board computer field, with an in-house manufacturing unit that has been an ISO9001 certified company since 2003. AIDILAB is an Interaction Design Lab of artists, designers and engineers focused on nurturing the UDOO community, building software and hardware applications for the UDOO family and spreading the open-source philosophy of UDOO around the world.
So far, UDOO Neo has been developed as a rev A prototype. We are already working on the rev B prototype, figuring out the strengths and weaknesses of the model and experimenting on both the hardware and software sides. As soon as this prototyping step is finished, we will release UDOO Neo rev C to beta testers.
Risks and challenges
SECO, global leader in the B2B embedded market, is a fundamental partner in the project and manufacturer of the board, with 36 years of experience in the design and production of electronic embedded solutions. SECO is also the designer and manufacturer of the successful UDOO Quad, UDOO Dual and UDOO Dual Basic - and thousands of other single board computers for industrial customers. Its in-house manufacturing unit has been ISO9001 certified since 2003. For this reason, we don’t foresee any problems with the design, manufacturing or shipping of UDOO Neo within the expected deadlines. At the moment the product has already been developed as a rev A prototype, but it is still a work in progress on the hardware side. Funding through kickstarter is fundamental to keeping the price as low as possible, since we think UDOO Neo is the ideal educational platform for students and hobbyists around the world. Our goal is to make UDOO Neo available and financially accessible to anyone, worldwide.
On the software side, UDOO Neo is in development. There is risk in releasing a product with little support at the moment of shipping, but, based on our previous successful Kickstarter campaign experience with UDOO, we are confident that, by July or shortly thereafter, we will have solved these issues (which?),. We strongly rely on the community for help : the funding will allow us to hire new employees to strengthen our development team and provide better service and support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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