For most beginning hardware hackers, Arduino is hard and Linux/Android is easy. The folks at UDOO, a Kickstarter project that ends tonight, aim to solve that by mixing the best of both worlds. The UDOO device contains an ARM processor (dual or quad core) as well as an Arduino microprocessor. This allows you to program the Arduino using the tools you’re familiar with including a standard embedded Linux install and the associated command-line software.
The UDOO contains both and ARM cortex-A9 CPU and the hardware on a Arduino DUE. This includes 54 digital I/O pins, an optional SATA connection, and a number of other pin-outs and connectors. This part of the board allows users to add all of the shields and accessories associated with the highly evolved Arduino environment to the equally evolved Linux and Android environments. Think of it as a Raspberry Pi you can upgrade.
The UDOO also includes a Wi-Fi module, USB ports, and 1GB RAM. The dual core model costs $109 while the quad core costs $129. They’ve already surpassed their funding goal with 25 hours to go.
It looks like a great way to harness the power of Arduino using tools that geeks know and love. It is, as they say, two great tastes that taste great together thanks to complex interoperability and a rabid fan base for both platforms.