I’ve been tipped about two separate projects launched on Indiegogo and Kickstarter that integrate Raspberry Pi or ODROID boards into their products. indieGO! retro gaming console and distribution leverages Raspberry Pi 2, ODROID-C1+, or ODROID-XU4 to play older games, while Pi2Media HT1 relies on either Raspberry Pi2, and later the upcoming UP Board or ODROID-C2 boards in order to offer a Surround 7.1 Home Theater PC.
indieGO!-OS is also a Linux distribution based on AEROS running Exagear which means both ARM (native) and x86 (emulation) executables will run on the device. Pre-isntalled programs include Wine, Kodi, Moonlight, AmiCloud, and EmuLA. The many emulators installed allow support for games running Playstation, C64, Dreamcast, Game Boy, Atari, Sega, PC, etc..
indieGO! project is currently on Kickstarter with less than 48 hours to go, and fully funded with over 60,000 Euros. If you don’t need the hardware, but would like to run the distribution on your development board, you can pledge 25 or 29 Euros to get a download link to indieGO!-OS for respectively Raspberry Pi 2, or ODROID boards. A 99 Euros pledge will get your the OS, and the complete hardware minus the board, and if you want a complete system, you’ll need 149 Euros + shipping for a Raspberry Pi 2 system, or 199 Euros for the version with ODROID-XU4 board. Delivery is scheduled for June 2016.
Pi2Design has designed expansion boards for Raspberry Pi and other development boards in the past such as CSB502SSD add-on board adding support for SSD, WiFi and an RTC to the popular board, and they mostly rely on two of their existing add-on boards with Pi2Media HT1 home theater PC which will feature:
- Raspberry Pi 2 board
- 502SSD Shield adding 2x USB port, mSATA socket up to 1TB, WiFi, RTC, a temperature sensor, and power circuitry
- 502V2S Shield with:
- ADV7623 HDMI 1.4 Transceiver takes the RPi 2 HDMI output and passes it through while extracting the 8-Channels of 24-Bit, 96Khz/192Khz audio
- Digital audio – 24-bit, 96Khz/192Khz 5.1 Compressed Digital Stream (Dolby Digital AC3 and DTS 5.1) via Optical TOSLink (S/PDIF) connector
- Analog audio – 24-Bit, 96Khz/192Khz Analog Audio Out using four PCM5102A DACs via 3.5mm Jack
- 16-Pin Header provides access to the I2S bus along with I2C and control
- A 32GB (Streaming Edition), 250GB (Deluxe Edition) or 500GB (Server Edition) Solid State Drive
- A 8GB Micro-SD Card with NOOBS, set to boot OSMC from SSD
- A Basic IR Remote Control
- 12V@5A power supply with 100~240V @ 50/60Hz input
- Micro USB to USB-A patch cable
- 3 Meter HDMI 1.4a Cable
- Getting Started Instructions
- 1 Year Warranty with unlimited email technical support
The device will be pre-loaded with Open Source Media Center (OSMC), but you can of course run other Linux distributions available for Raspberry Pi 2.
Pi2Media HT1 has recently been launched on Indiegogo (flexible funding), where the company aims to raise $30,000. If you already own a Raspberry Pi 2, you can get all remaining hardware by pledging $179 for the DIY Bundle 2 kit with the two add-on boards, aluminum enclosure, the power supply, and all necessary cables and mountings. A complete Pi2Media HT1 with a 32GB goes for $249, while you’re being asking for $439 the version with a 500 GB SSD. Shipping is included, and delivery is scheduled for May 2016.
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.