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PostPosted: 11.07.2008 23:47 
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I figured the title would get your attention...maybe not?

I got this little toy a week ago and have been playing around with it.

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It is called an ezLCD-103 and according to its manufacturer: "The product is based on our FAVR-32 cpu on module that has an Atmel AVR-32 bit processor, 8 megs flash, SD card, 16 megs sdram and Ethernet (not implemented yet)." It also has a USB 2.0 port.

My question is whether you guys think this is a proper "computer". What is your definition of a computer?

It has another very interesting feature. I'll pause for dramatic effect while I post a size comparison photo.


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PostPosted: 11.07.2008 23:55 
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An integrated 3.5" touchscreen LCD. It has its own programming language called LUA that allows you to design your own buttons and other graphics.

It might make an interesting bay insert like a Matrix Orbital on steroids.

I just want to build an enclosure around it so it won't get damaged while I flog the software end. Something that props it up at an angle like a proper monitor. Something in walnut maybe.

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PostPosted: 12.07.2008 00:00 
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Long time no see, welcome back! :)

slipperyskip wrote:
My question is whether you guys think this is a proper "computer". What is your definition of a computer?


Hmm... I've always categorized this so that the device has to have an operating system to be a proper "computer". Microcontrollers can have bootloaders so they could load an OS when they power up but for most people that isn't the same thing. If that OS is Windows, Linux or something else they recognize, fine, but beyond that it is a tought call.

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PostPosted: 12.07.2008 00:20 
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Hey! Good to be back although I swing by ATM now and then.

I hear what you are saying about the OS. I tend to agree but.....what about something like the iPhone? Is it a computer?

I'm looking to see if there is an embedded Linux that might boot off the SD card or am I just dreaming?


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PostPosted: 12.07.2008 00:59 
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Hmm... can't remember seeing anything like that but as there are linux cores running on routers etc. these days, who knows.

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