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ChuckT

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Pine 64 for just $15
« on: December 10, 2015, 04:36:01 AM »
PINE A64 is the world's first 64-bit expandable Quad Core 1.2Ghz supercomputer, tablet, media center, and more... starting at just $15.
 
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pine64/pine-a64-first-15-64-bit-single-board-super-comput?ref=nav_search
 
This project is already funded and has 44 days to go...
 
The PineA64 Is A $15 High-Performance Raspberry Pi Alternative

http://www.dbtechno.com/science/2015/12/09/pine64-mini-pc-launches-for-just-15/
 

Offline amiman99

Re: Pine 64 for just $15
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2015, 06:04:33 AM »
These cheap micro computers are cool and all, but I actually don't know what to use it for.
Emulators, I got it covered on multiple devices.
Netflix, another multiple devices,
games, got that too,
surfing web, yes

Any other uses??

Well, one use that might me good and probably is, robot controller.
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Offline Oldsmobile_Mike

Re: Pine 64 for just $15
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2015, 06:12:03 AM »
Home automation?  Use it to control the lights?  Hook it to a small screen in the kitchen and use it to look up recipes?  If you spill grease on it it's not like you're out the biggest investment in the world.  A display ticker for your help desk tickets?

The best robot I ever put together was when I got two broken Roomba's off ebay and combined the parts to make one working one, lol.  I love the idea of these boards though, am just sad that if I got one it'd probably sit on my shelf for years, in between other projects, while I cry over not having enough time for it.  :(
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ChuckT

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Re: Pine 64 for just $15
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2015, 06:21:57 AM »
Quote from: amiman99;800013
These cheap micro computers are cool and all, but I actually don't know what to use it for.
Emulators, I got it covered on multiple devices.
Netflix, another multiple devices,
games, got that too,
surfing web, yes

Any other uses??

Well, one use that might me good and probably is, robot controller.


I bought a cheap tablet off of ebay and they literally stopped working.  At least with this, you know where to get the replacement parts.
 

Offline amiman99

Re: Pine 64 for just $15
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2015, 03:46:16 PM »
I really tried to think of real use for them, but I got nothing.

Is there any killer "app" for these boards, aside from games, media player etc.?
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CDTV KS 3.1, 4MB RAM
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Offline billt

Re: Pine 64 for just $15
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2015, 04:10:14 PM »
Quote from: amiman99;800029
I really tried to think of real use for them, but I got nothing.

Is there any killer "app" for these boards, aside from games, media player etc.?

I'm working on a smarthome system project for university project this fall. I'm using an AMD Gizmo-2 board for a central server, but this Pine thing or Rpi would do just as well. The Gizmo-2 is really just an x64 PC on a very small board, running an embedded style of Linux (Lubuntu with an 'L'). has a fan on it, so wouldn't fit as nicely into something looking like a fancy thermostat as I'd like, Pine or Rpi would probably do better. This particular task is more than an Arduino can do, but I am using both Uno and Mega types of Arduinos. Maybe an Arduino Due could (Arm based) but I'd have to figure some other way for the small HDMI display I'm using, and Gizmo/Rpi and presumably this Pine all have HDMI. I wanted to do "something" with the Gizmo board for other reasons, which is why I chose it. I also could not find my Raspberry pi board, it's hiding since we moved. Pine sounds a bit overkill for that, as the Gizmo is, but is still a possibility.

This project gives me small touchscreen LCD "wall switch" controls to be light switches, and currently control standard AC line light bulbs and ceiling fans. The Linux node logs events, acts as another wall control, and as a gateway to internet for remote mobile things on your Android or such.

Is that not-game enough and not-media enough? But I'm not sure if it might not be not-etc. enough...

(I need to start pushing some local changes up to github, last day of Semester is 12/14 so that will happen RSN...)
https://github.com/amigabill/jhu_EN525.743
« Last Edit: December 10, 2015, 04:21:06 PM by billt »
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Offline Oldsmobile_Mike

Re: Pine 64 for just $15
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2015, 06:14:11 PM »
Hack a second Ethernet port onto the expansion bus and use it as a firewall or intrusion detection device on your LAN?
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Offline Iggy

Re: Pine 64 for just $15
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2015, 04:30:18 PM »
I bought a Quad core A9 based set top box with two GB of memory two years ago, its sitting plugged into my TV, and I think I have used it less than 6 times.

My first thought was '64 bit, pretty cool!', but with 512mb or 1 gb of memory and the old Mali400 gpu?
My existing (virtually unused) ARM box is probably not too far from these specs (probably better on the video).
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