Onion Omega IoT Board – The Invention Platform for the Internet of Things
IoT (Internet of Things) is gaining popularity very fast. You will be hearing a lot about smart homes, smart parking, smart lights, smart agriculture etc. With the advancement in electronic chip design and ease in manufacturing of electronics components, builder and makers are inventing and building more and more hardware products everyday. We discussed about Arduino MKR series, Pycom boards, Particle boards, BBC microbit etc. In 2015 Onion launched an omega board for learning, prototyping, validating your idea, and finally going to production, all with one platform.
Onion has been in business since 2014, graduating from the TechStars Startup Accelerator in Boston that year. In 2015, the team introduced the world to the Onion Omega IoT computer through KickStarter followed by ultra affordable Omega2 on Kickstarter and Indiegogo in 2016.
Omega2 is so tiny that it can easily fit into your DIY project or commercial product. It is less than 1/4 the size of the Raspberry Pi, and less than 1/3 the size of the Arduino Uno. The Omega2 has integrated Wi-Fi and on-board flash storage. This means that it springs to life the moment you power it on. You don’t have to worry about buying Wi-Fi dongles or installing operating system images onto external SD cards. All this at a cost of $5.
Using the Omega2 is just like using a desktop computer. There are simple and intuitive apps for users to interact with the Omega2. It also has an App Store where you can discover even more apps! For the more adventurous, you can even build apps with our SDK and publish them on the Onion App Store to share with the world.
Despite being small in size, the Omega2 is a full computer running Linux, the same operating system that powers some of the world’s most mission-critical infrastructure. You can think of the Omega2 as a tiny Linux server with Wi-Fi. (Yes, it even runs Apache!)
The team has also built its own cloud server so the Omega2 is seamlessly integrated with the Onion Cloud. This allows you to remote control it from anywhere in the world with their intuitive Web UI or RESTful APIs. You can also view the status of your Omega2 in real-time, and deploy software updates to it when it is in the field. But it is optional to use.
The most important things about Omega2 is – it is modular in nature, so just like Arduino you can stack up shields and make it more powerful and useful as per your need.
Onion Omega is Powerful
Despite its tiny size, omega is a very powerful computer. Omega2 has a 580MHz CPU, 64MB memory, 16MB storage. For heavy duty application there is Omega2 Plus which comes with 128MB memory and 32MB storage. Both omega boards have USB2.0, wifi b/g/n, GPIO, PWM, UART, I2C, I2S and SPI ports.
Omega comes with series of expansion boards and accessories for extending it functionality. Omega team is very active in providing support to the community. You will find great projects and tutorial on omega official website.
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