Sure, there are lots of development kits out there already — but most are raw boards and components that have to be soldered together, and that might scare off all but the most hardcore tinkerers and professional hardware developers. Kinoma reduces the tangle of wires by integrating core components like a CPU, touchscreen, speakers and microphone, Bluetooth and WiFi radios, AA battery, and USB and SD card ports. It also has connectors that can accept a variety of external sensors.
All that means Kinoma is much more of a plug-and-play prototyper than many existing kits. Early adopters have used it to create everything from games to robots to aquarium water quality monitors.
Kinoma wrapped a modest-but-successful Indiegogo campaign earlier this month and is now taking pre-orders through the website, with plans to ship in September 2014. Of course, with the resources of a large semiconductor manufacturer behind them, the Kinoma team didn’t need to rely on crowdfunding — it seems it was more a way to test the waters and start some word-of-mouth marketing on the road toward production.
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