More and more non-profit open platforms are popping up in the spirit of Raspberry Pi. Wandboard is one among them. The board was released already at the end of year 2012, but I first time familiarized myself with it at Embedded World in Nuremberg, at Freescale department. Also at Scandinavian Electronics Event in Stockholm, Freescale demonstrated Wandboard with Rightware Kanzi 3D graphics technology at their booth.
|Wandboard. Picture from Wandboard web site.|
Even if Wandboard was new to me, it was already in use by our engineers. In our R&D center at Wroclaw, Poland, employees have organized a hobby robot competition with small autonomous Sumo-robots. Currently there are 5 teams with 3-5 members in each programming at their spare time.
The core organizers of the competition have developed a common electromechanical platform for all the teams, based on custom PCBs. For higher level control, each team has then chosen a CPU or MCU board of their own. For low level control, there is TMS320 DSP processor in the platform together with power source, H-bridge driver, sensors, etc.
|Balancing Sumo robot with Wandboard.|
The Wroclaw site is not only active internally, but they are participating academic and other external events, for example by sponsoring LabVIEW programming competition and the Sumo robot competition at local technical university. The HR lady organized a drawing competition for kids during the previous event. Now there are nice drawings all around walls of corridors, kitchens, and meeting rooms of the office.
|Kids' robot drawings.|