Feb 18, 2016
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As I posted recently, the DragonBoard™ 410c from Arrow Electronics is ready for all you makers out there. Now the question is: Are you ready for the DragonBoard 410c – as in, ready to try and win one?
We’re celebrating makers in March and giving away a DragonBoard 410c for each day of the month to qualified makers who submit the best ideas for what they would create using the board. You can do a lot with a development board that has as much power and as many features as a smartphone – everything from robotics to drones to embedded computing applications. So tell us what you would make for your chance to win.
Who decides what the best ideas are? Your fellow makers, of course. Who else knows a cool application when they see one? Every week, the DragonBoard community will vote on the ideas submitted, and by April 1 we’ll have given away 31 DragonBoard 410c’s. See here for complete contest rules.
At the end of the month, a panel of industry specialists will determine the Grand Prize winner based on creativity, usefulness, and integration of the DragonBoard 410c capabilities into the overall project. The best idea as selected by our specialists will win the grand prize: $5,000.
That ought to get your maker mojo working.
Why Are We Doing This?
We’re doing this because some of the most powerful mobile devices around use the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and makers want to use it too.
In fact, a few years ago, DragonBoards were a convenient way of getting the latest version of the Snapdragon processor into the hands of our customers: global OEMs and independent hardware vendors (IHVs) who needed a development board for testing components that go into mobile devices powered by Snapdragon. With a DragonBoard, they could be sure their builds, drivers and sensors would work properly before the devices were commercially available.
Then hardware became the new software. Development boards began making hardware easier than it had been for a long time, both for people who wanted to build with it and for their user-customers. Since then, lower hardware costs, greater accessibility and easier connectivity have fed the Internet of Things (IoT).
The same economics and innovative energy that drove app development in the cloud and on the phone have now infected hardware. Investors, VCs and the crowdfunding community have followed the trend and helped it gather steam.
Here’s To The Makers
Hardware started catching on like wildfire as the cost of commercializing consumer electronics products dropped. Even as the DragonBoard was filling the demand from those OEMs and IHVs, the idea of affordable, accessible development boards started catching on among new groups:
- Makers and tinkerers in local maker labs who wanted a powerful processor
- People in their garage and small companies working on the next cool consumer product
- Researchers in large companies who wanted a quick proof of concept before launching a big project
- University and even high school students who wanted to learn to program for mobile hardware
The DragonBoard 410c has emerged as a great way for these groups to work with a powerful processor that is already in the hands of hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide.
Makers and hobbyists can experiment in an environment as familiar as their own smartphone. Small businesses, researchers and students get the benefits of years of mobile innovation and a vast installed base.
In other words, DragonBoard 410c is a development platform cool enough to be a toy, yet serious enough to invest in.
We have lots of documentation and tools to help get you on your way to building out your DragonBoard idea. In addition, there are great resources available from Arrow Electronics and 96Boards. For rules, deadlines, and all contest information, visit our contest home page at www.DragonBoardContest.com.
Remember, if you don’t win, you can still buy a DragonBoard 410c almost as powerful as that smartphone in your pocket. You can order yours for only $75 (plus tax and shipping) Arrow Electronics.