I have absolutely no need for this computer, but really want one. What would you use it for?
Pandora -> Version 1.
Pyra -> Version 2.
(I use my two Pandora for gaming, Linux hacking, and as a portable console/interface to other larger systems. Its an amazing, amazing device..)
I'd like to have a go at controlling a wifi quadcopter with it though :)
I have two Pandora, and have done just this, albeit BTLE instead of Wifi (Edit: see http://flexbot.cc for a compatible device)! The nubs are superlative for the job - quite high resolution - and very ergonomic. I daresay the Pandora/Pyra are a perfect reprogrammable wifi controller for RC hobbyists .. I've considered trying to wire up a FrSky interface or something, but never got around to it .. maybe when my Pyra arrives I'll have another go.
BTW, I ported CRRC-Sim to the Pandora, and its really, really nice. Probably the best RC-sim platform I've ever played - having the nubs, and the screen all integrated into a handheld portable controller .. really, really nice! Hope you enjoy the experience too - watch for the CRRCSim port for Pyra, when you get it!
Regarding CRRCSim, that's fantastic news. I'd never even heard of that sim. I got my first full-size CP helicopter last year and have only managed to not crash it by extensive sim practice in "HeliSimRC". It looks like CRRCSim can handle helicopters - if so, it's just about the perfect on-the-go timewaster program for me; even has the same control layout as the real thing!
If you do get into FPV wifi+Pyra, let me know ..
Works as a phone
Small enough to carry always
Socially acceptable to use in a pub/restaurant
Touchscreen allows rapid interface navigation
Low spec, not enough RAM
Browser forgets tabs
Runs a real OS, easy to control
Mature software ecosystem, real web browser
Clamshell form factor protects screen, acts as stand
USB ports, can read flash drives and SD cards
Showing age, 1gb RAM and replacements are too large (901 was the last 9 inch netbook)
Battery won't last a full day
Still awkwardly large for some scenarios, not easy to hold and type standing up
Screen only 1024x600, some websites cramped
all advantages listed above
none of the disadvantages listed above
Its open source. There are things happening on this platform that won't happen anywhere else (see: dynamic-recompilation that brings x86 titles to ARM, seamlessly), and its frankly one of the most exciting new platforms for gaming out there.
Which portable handheld gaming console has a repo like this - http://repo.openpandora.org/ ? :)
i'm glad pandora, now pyra, and community is out there, even if this pyra is out of my price range
And now, they're doing it again! We have an open-source friendly (http://repo.openpandora.org/) portable gaming console that is owned and operated by the people, for the people. Not a major corporation, not some faceless entity - real hackers, accessible to you and me, pulling it off where nobody else dared to even try.
I can't wait to have a Pyra in my hands! It'll be a very welcome companion to the two Pandora I already have .. Sweet news guys!
I've preordered and cannot wait to upgrade my Pandora, which I use every few days.. even if it's just playing PS1 games on the train.
Being ARM Cortex processors, they are 32 bit. Allocate them a chunk of RAM, upload a program and set them running. TI has a driver infrastructure and sample gstreamer CODECs.
However it still wouldn't work the same - a TrackPoint responds to force, while the nubs actually move.
(when I click on "Click here to preorder" for example, maybe it has problems handling the traffic?!)
I'm looking forward to developing full stack ES6 application on the go on my Pyra! Finally the power of Linux at my fingertips even on the BART!
Though I hope the Debian can be changed to Arch...