Looking at the current technological growth among masses, single boards are the future of electronics experiments. Gone are the days when one has to spend hefty amounts to get new projects done every time. Intense programming, less support and endless list of complex problems were always around every corner. Single board computers not only reduced the pricing of hardware but promoted open source so that now one can find companions on almost all the projects he is working upon. The applications have also fairly expanded from just RF controlled vehicles to whatever one can imagine. Helicopters, robots that are as good as humanoids, Smart Television, social media updating machines, voice translators etc. are just a few among this never ending list. But is this good open source computing market being run by a single board? Are there no options to users?
Well, it is impossible to expect that there would be no options in such good knowledge and technology initiatives but what makes it more interesting is the fact that a number of big computing and microcontroller giants have their role in this open source zone. Call it business strategy, call it encouragement to electronic enthusiasts or call it community development, having choices has given the developer a power to choose, select and innovate.
Three most popular single board open source hardware computer (SBOSHC, even that is long enough ) popular all over are Raspberry Pi, the Beagle Board (its small version Beagle Bone) and the Arduino. Similar sized, same features, affordable and ready to be innovated into larger applications, these are equally popular among masses. However, when the question arrives to choose one among them, there are rare efforts which give distinction among these three in easy and unbiased way. It is exactly where this interesting blog Digital Diner brings us relief.
Their blog post details with hardware, in and out ports, features, graphics and several other software requirements which are necessary in these hardware platforms.
Digital Diner is a family run blog (again, rarer one) and has marvelously covered up a good difference between post on these platforms. Thumbs up to them!!