USB Linux stick

To me this is a massive missed opportunity.
These guys have gone to a lot of trouble to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

It’s a little expensive, but such an interesting idea. Build a small Linux computer. A really small one. Powered by a USB port is a great idea as well.
Its just that they have put zero methods of connecting it to it other than the USB port…….

The USB armory hardware is supported by standard software environments and requires very little customization effort. In fact vanilla Linux kernels and standard distributions run seamlessly on the tiny USB armory board.

  • Freescale i.MX53 ARM® Cortex™-A8 800Mhz, 512MB DDR3 RAM
  • USB host powered (<500 mA) device with compact form factor (65 x 19 x 6 mm)
  • ARM® TrustZone®, secure boot + storage + RAM
  • microSD card slot
  • 5-pin breakout header with GPIOs and UART
  • customizable LED, including secure mode detection
  • excellent native support (Android, Debian, Ubuntu, FreeBSD)
  • USB device emulation (CDC Ethernet, mass storage, HID, etc.)
  • Open Hardware & Software
  • If they had thrown, at the very very very least, Bluetooth on there, then there would be a bunch of real world uses for such a little computer.
    Of course, as soon as you add one feature, someone else wants another and so on, but my point is, I just do not understand who goes to so much effort to build said device these days and does not include a single connectivity option. (USB is NOT a connection option – You need a computer to talk to a computer for that…..)

    Shame. But there are so many other options out there, we simply can shrug and move on.

    (The point of this blog entry, in case you missed it, is just to point out yet another Single Board Computer (SBC)).