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Hacking Lessons: Which Micro-Controller Board Do I Use?

Rob Reilly (Rob "drtorq" Reilly)
Open Hardware
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Hackers have so many choices, for their micro-controller and nano-computing projects. There are a dozen of different Arduinos, a couple of Beagle Bones, the Spark Core, the cutting-edge WiFi Arduino Yun, along with hundreds of accessories and add-ons. The latest trend is built-in Ethernet and WiFi. How can you possibly know which board is best?

The aim of this talk is to take a look at all of these boards, summarize their features and capabilities, then present a framework that will help you choose which one will work for your project.

This session breaks down the different categories of boards and goes in-depth on what each one can and can’t do. We’ll survey costs, availability, quality, and the communities that surround each device. We’ll also talk about combinations and integrating each type of device with applications and services. For example, the Spark Core is programmed using a cloud based interface, where others use an application on a notebook. The Yun can interface with dozens of Web services, through Temboo. Attendees will leave with a good understanding of current technology and usage.

The micro-controller industry is growing rapidly and learning about this niche now, could open some awesome opportunities, very soon. Attend this session to get a jump start on your next project.

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Rob Reilly

Rob "drtorq" Reilly

Rob Reilly is an independent consultant, writer, and speaker specializing in Linux, Open Hardware, technology media, and the mobile professional. He’s been hired for a variety of engineering, business analysis, and special projects with AT&T, Intermedia Communications, Lockheed-Martin, Pachube, and Dice. As a 10-year veteran of the tech media, Rob has posted hundreds of feature-length technology articles for,, Linux Journal magazine, PC Update magazine, and Nuts & Volts. He is a co-author of “Point & Click” and worked as a contributing editor for He’s also chaired speaking committees for the old LinuxWorld shows. Rob has a BS in Mechanical Technology from Purdue University and first used the Unix command line in 1981.