This is a project that I have been working on for nearly a year. For a long time I have been building computers, since before it was cool to own your own gaming rig. The first PC that I owned that I could call my own I had to put together myself, before that I had to time share with my family.. which for young Dan was not always the easiest task. While I was in highschool I took system building to an obsessive level and at one point had 30 computers in my basement, which I later donated to local schools.
Out of nowhere we all woke up to some news from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, there was a new Raspberry Pi. This new device comes only a few months after the Model B+ and uses the exact same layout of the board. They are of course competing with some other boards like the Banana Pro and the Banana Pi M2 hardware wise.
The Banana Pi D1 is probably the coolest dev board I have received lately. It comes form the Banana Pi folks but it is something all of it's own. At first I wasn't sure what I was getting but I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it was an open source IP camera. The device is tiny, 38mm x 38mm squared with a small camera hanging off of a ribbon cable at the top.
So the Banana Pro arrived today. I have been reviewing Banana Pis left, right, and center lately. This Banana Pro is the successor to the Banana Pi, similar to the Banana Pi M2 but not quite the same because it is by the folks at Lemaker.. the other developers of the Banana Pi.
Not too long ago I reviewed the Banana Pi R1, and even before that I reviewed the Banana Pi original. These boards keep coming out and they keep getting better. The new M2 is not out yet at the time of writing this but the Banana Pi website lists it as coming soon. There are a lot of interesting new features which may make you reconsider this as opposed to another device for one of your projects.
I have used a lot of laptops, and I have used a lot of tablets but the Acer Switch 10 is something different. The Switch is both a laptop and a tablet. It is a tablet when you want to play games and it is a laptop when you need to get some work done. The Acer Switch has a detachable keyboard which is sturdy when attached but easy to remove.
The Nexus Player is Google's first Android TV device, it is a device that is like a large hockey puck. It is surprisingly small but very exciting when you actually play with it. There was a slight delay getting the devices out because of a lack of game pads, which is one of the best ways to use the player. The Nexus Player is Chromecast enabled but if you don't have your device handy to stream to it you can launch an app directly from it.
Not too long ago the Raspberry Pi B+ was released to an unsuspecting community, now the little brother the A+ has been announced. This is a smaller and cheaper alternative to the B+ or even the original A Pi. The board is nearly identical to the B+ with the exception of a few milimeters which have been removed because of the network controller being removed, and of course the network port. The USB controller is also inside the Broadcom processor which means we have 1 USB to save on cost. The price of the unit is about $20 depending on where you live.