This kickstarter project is well on its way to obtaining the required funding on kickstarter. As the title suggests, the OpenPi is essentially a wireless computer. The aim of the OpenPi is to enable people to more easily create projects like smartphone-controlled appliances, an Internet of Things hub, perhaps even heating controls similar to Google’s Nest.
Inside the injection moulded enclosure is a 32 bit ARM-based computer running Linux and supplemented with 512MB RAM, 4GB eMMCstorage and plenty of wireless connectivity. Starting with a 32-bit ARM-based Raspberry Pi Compute Module (soon to be Quad core v2), and combining it with a custom-designed motherboard with a pre-loaded Linux operating system, you can be up and running in seconds – giving you a games console type of experience.
The design has 2 internal USB sockets, one spare, one used for WiFi and integrated: Infrared receiver, Bluetooth LE module and an SRF sub-GHz transceiver for communicating with long range low power nodes, such as the XRF or Arduino compatible RFu. And before you ask, yes, the OpenPi does support Pi2! Indeed, the launch day of OpenPi also marks the launch of the Pi2 with the new version supporting Windows 10 and having almost 6 x the processing power of the original Pi.
The Wireless Things and Bluetooth LE modules communicate with ultra-low power remote sensors, while Wi-Fi networking gives the OpenPi a connection to the Internet. Internal USB ports are provided for additional devices, all housed in an attractive and robust injection-moulded ABS casing that can be mass-produced at very low cost.
As if that wasn't good enough, in the spirit of open source, the OpenPi design files are freely available. The design files are here wirelessthings.net/openpi. The datasheet is here wirelessthings.net/datasheets/openpi.