Enthusiasts who want to experiment with the Android operating system or simply want to use Android on a computer should consider the latest product of ITEAD Studio called the IBOX. The device uses an AllWinner A20 dual core Cortex A7 processor combined with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash memory. What’s probably interesting about this minicomputer is that it comes with a 32-pin connector allowing expansion boards to be connected to it.
- SoC: AllWinner A20 dual core ARM Cortex-A7 @ 1 GHz + ARM Mali 400 MP2
- System Memory: 1GB DDR3 RAM
- Storage: 4GB NAND Flash + microsd slot
- Video Output: HDMI
- Audio Output: HDMI, optical S/PDIF
- Connectivity: 10/100M Ethernet
- USB: 3x USB 2.0 host port, 1x USB OTG port (full size)
- Expansion: 32-pin proprietary connector with TV OUT, USB, LCD, UART, IR, CSI, SPI, SATA, GPIOS and power signals.
- Misc: LED , IR sensor, and U-boot button (FEL mode?)
- Power: 5V/2A
- Dimensions: 145 x 95 x 27 mm
ITEAD Studio bundles this product with an image file of Android or Linux which can be installed on either the NAND Flash or the SD Card.
So what can consumers do with this device? There are lots of possibilities.
It can be used as an inexpensive personal computer by connecting a monitor, keyboard and mouse to it. You can either use Linux or even Android to do your daily computing tasks.
It can also be used as a multimedia set top box. Just connect it using an HDMI cable to your TV and with the use of a remote you will be able to watch videos, browse the web, or even listen to streaming music.
Since the device comes with a 32-pin connector consumers can transform this into portable lab equipment. It will be able to perform specific tasks based on the expansion board connected to it such as an oscilloscope, logic analyzer, multimeter, and more.
The IBOX can also serve as the control center for your home automation system. With the correct expansion board attached it will be able to serve as a Wi-Fi gateway, control room temperature, do video monitoring, and much more.
A campaign has been started over at Indiegogo to fund the final manufacturing stages of the IBOX. The goal is to reach $2000 and with 30 days still left in the campaign period a total of $6715 has already been raised.
If you wish to support this product then a $70 pledge will get you a free IBOX which already comes with free shipping.