A few months ago, Gumstix introduced Geppeto, a web platform that allows you to design and order your own baseboard for Gumstix Overo systems-on-module within minutes. The company has just announced Alto35, an expansion board built entirely with Geppetto. The Alto35 replaces Palo35 Overo-series expansion board with the same features, but adding the possibility of customizing the board via Geppetto.
Alto34 expansions board features the following:
- 3.5″ LCD resistive touch screen
- Stereo audio in/out jacks
- 3D accelerometer (STMicro LIS33DE)
- RC servo
- USB – 2x USB mini-B ports, including console port (FT232RQ USB UART)
- LEDs in 4 different colors, 2 tactile switches.
- 2×70-pin AVX Headers compatible with Overo COMs.
- Power – 3.5V-5V
All Overo computers-on-module are compatible with Alto35 board, so you can just use existing software solutions such as Linaro Ubuntu, Robot Operating System, and the Yocto Project.
Alto35 is available for $89 including the display (not the Overo module), but what makes it interesting is that you can just clone the design in your web browser (preferably Chrome), modify it to your own liking, save and order. Within 3 to 4 weeks, you should get your own custom board delivered to your door. There’s a $1,999 setup fee on top of the board price ($71.43 without display), so this is only interesting if you plan to order several boards. Geppetto licensing allows you to keep your design private, but you can also opt to release it to the Geppetto community.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.