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Moe Long is an editor, writer, and tech buff with a particular appreciation for Linux, Raspberry Pis, and retro gaming. When he's not hammering away at his keyboard, he enjoys running, reading, watching cinema, and listening to vinyl. You can read his writings on film and pop culture at CupOfMoe.com and check out his thoughts on movies on the Celluloid Fiends podcast.
Single-board computers (SBCs) are popular and utilitarian. SBCs such as the Raspberry Pi and Odroid XU4 provide a means to create various maker projects from low-powered home theatre PC (HTPC) devices to retro gaming consoles, and even robotics. An excellent use for an SBC is a networked attached storage (NAS) device. You can easily make the Raspberry Pi into a basic server with a variety of software options. Singapore-based startup Kobol is poised to offer its open-spec Helios4 single board computer NAS. Learn more about the Helios4 NAS SBC!
With a wave of nostalgia, retro game console clones including the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Classic and Super NES (SNES) Classic have become incredibly popular. While you can buy retro game console clones, you can make your own do-it-yourself (DIY) retro gaming machine with RetroPie, Recalbox, Lakka, or GameStation Turbo. With the likes of NES, SNES, and even Nintendo 64 cases for single-board computers (SBCs), you can cobble together your own gaming arcade. Now, hardware manufacturer 8BitDo offers DIY retro controller parts for making your own wireless NES, SNES, and Sega Mega Drive controllers.
Here at Electromaker, we often receive questions about what makes a solid submission. While there's not necessarily one answer, several elements comprise a quality Electromaker article. Learn how to craft an awesome project which will thrive within the Electromaker community.
While the Raspberry Pi reigns supreme as the most popular single-board computer (SBC), tons of Raspberry Pi alternatives compete. Notably, the Odroid XU4 is a top choice with its octa-core processing. Hardware manufacturer Gigabyte offers its GA-SBCAP3450. Learn more about the Gigabyte GA-SBCAP3450, from specs to size.
Single-board computes (SBCs) range from the Raspberry Pi to the Odroid XU4. These maker boards maintain compatibility with a variety of operating systems (OSes), from Android to Chromium OS, and dedicated gaming OSes such as Lakka, RetroPie, and Recalbox. For desktop use, one of the most popular options is Linux. From NXElec, the tiny Innostick 6 SBC runs Linux on an incredibly low-power board.
Hey listen! The Raspberry Pi boasts an impressive number of cases, both official and unofficial. However, one of the most legendary Raspberry Pi case DIY (do-it-yourself) mods dropped. This Zelda case mod complete with a levitating triforce is truly impressive, and the perfect RetroPie companion.
Hardkernel, the hardware manufacturer behind powerful single-board computers (SBCs) including the Odroid XU4, offers the neat Odroid-Go kit. This portable do-it-yourself (DIY) game console provides a GameBoy-esque form factor for a mobile retro gaming experience. Learn more in this Odroid-Go review, from what it is to how to make a portable retro gaming device.
While many of the most popular Raspberry Pi projects may seemingly be entry-level maker projects, it's a nifty board for more advanced creations. Additionally, the Raspberry Pi delivers superb hardware for more advanced work. For instance, you can create robotics, and even make neat gadgets like this Twitter-controlled bubble machine with a Raspberry Pi Zero. One area where the Raspberry Pi benefits many users: programming. Learn why programming on the Raspberry Pi is incredibly popular!
The Raspberry Pi is arguably the most popular maker board on the market. While many Raspberry Pi alternatives exist, a strong community, tons of software options, and a bevy of accessories make the Pi a fantastic single-board computer (SBC). Although many Raspberry Pi operating system (OS) exist, few are cloud-based. Check out Flint OS Raspberry Pi installation, first set up, and a hands-on look!
The Raspberry Pi is an ultra-popular single-board computer (SBC). With plentiful Raspberry Pi operating system (OS) options, there's plenty of choice, from Linux desktop distributions (distros) to Chromium OS, retro gaming environments, and smart home suites. Raspbian, a Debian-based operating system for the Raspberry Pi, remains a top choice. On June 29, 2018, The Raspberry Pi Foundation released the latest Raspbian Stretch image for the Raspberry Pi alongside its Debian Stretch image featuring the PIXEL desktop environment for PCs and macOS devices.
Libre Computer offers a neat lineup of hardware including the Libre Computer Project AML-S905X-CC "Le Potato." Its various single-board computer (SBC) devices yeild excellent performance at reasonable prices. The Libre Computer Renegade Elite clocks in at over $100, but boasts the advanced processing over boards like the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ and Odroid XU4. As the name suggests, the Libre Computer ROC-RK3399-PC Renegade uses a Rockchip RK3399. Learn more about the Libre Computer!
UDOO makes superb single-board computer (SBC) options which provide alternatives to the Raspberry Pi. The UDOO BOLT, a crowdfunded mini computer, packs a major performance gain with its AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000. While it's suitable for a variety of maker projects, UDOO BOLT gaming stands out. While many development boards provide gaming capabilities, from the Raspberry Pi to the Odroid XU4, the UDOO BOLT trounces the competition.
There are loads of operating system (OS) options for the Raspberry Pi. While Linux distributions (distros) such as Raspbian, Ubuntu MATE, and Debian may be the most common, you can also install tons of alternatives. Among them, you'll find the likes of Chrome OS. Learn how to install Chromium OS for Raspberry Pi boards!
Hardkernel, the manufacturer behind the Odroid XU4, announced the ODROID-GO. This console, which resembles a GameBoy Color, comes unassembled but with all of the components for a do-it-yourself (DIY) portable retro game console. Learn more about the ODROID-GO from Hardkernel!
Development boards abound. From the ultra-popular Raspberry Pi to the powerful Odroid XU4, there’s no shortage of single-board computer (SBC) options. Among these dev boards, the UDOO x86 is a top pick. The UDOO x86 sports Arduino compatibility and beefy specs which make it suitable for anything from gaming to streaming videos, and even programming. New from UDOO is the UDOO BOLT, a robust development board with a unique set of specifications.