Make a Wi-Fi gadget with a $9.99 Orange Pi development board

0 Posted by - 28th September 2016 - Technology

If you want to fashion a smart gadget, robot, or drone with wireless capabilities on the cheap, a US$9.99 development board from Orange Pi will help you reach that goal.

The Orange Pi i96 shouldn’t be confused with the $35 Raspberry Pi 3, which is much more powerful and can be a full-fledged Linux PC. The smaller Orange Pi has limited horsepower and is targeted at smart gadgets, drones, and internet of things devices.

If you want to create a gadget to show off at a Maker Faire event, the Orange Pi i96 is the kind of board you’ll rely on. The board was first announced at the Linaro Connect conference, happening this week in Las Vegas.

For its price and target market, the Orange Pi has features not found on competitive boards. It includes Wi-Fi, 4GB of flash storage, and 2GB of RAM. It also has a micro-SD slot, a micro-USB connection, and includes the Linux-based Ubuntu OS.

Compare the board to the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero or Intel’s $15 Quark Microcontroller Developer Kit D2000, which have no Wi-Fi or internal storage. Storage slots aren’t a common feature on Arduino microcontroller boards, which are also used to make basic electronics.

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