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The PcDuino3B Mini Computer

The PcDuino3B can be programmed in a variety of languages, including C, C++,  Java and Python. (Photo credit: Sparkfun)
The PcDuino3B can be programmed in a variety of languages, including C, C++, Java and Python. (Photo credit: Sparkfun)

With the pcDuino3B development board you can run a fully-functional operating system, such as Linux and Android. You can also use it as a base for your next robotics project, by adding Arduino shields. But the board comes with a lot of features built-in, including an IR receiver, SATA host, USB-OTG, LVDS LCD interface, MIPI camera interface, 3.5mm audio output, battery header, WiFi, and Ethernet. You can see why Sparkfun, the company that makes the board, describes it as a “‘kitchen sink’ of development boards.”

Like a standard computer, you’ll need a keyboard, mouse and display to get it running. It runs on a 5V (2A) power supply, and an API will let you access all of the standard functions that you would expect, using simple Arduino-style language. Quickstart guides and tutorials are available online.

You can buy the pcDuino3B from Sparkfun for just $59.95.