Omega2 Is A Tiny Linux Computer That Just Costs $5

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Last year, Onion launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Omega board, a tiny Linux board featuring an Atheros AR9331 processor with GPIO headers, and various add-ons and baseboards. The campaign successfully ended with $267,851 from 4,459 backers. This time, Onion is back on Kickstarter along with the Onion Omega2, a $5 Linux computer designed for the Internet of Things.

The Onion Omega2, like its predecessor, is highly modular, with a bunch of cool docks like the Power dock which includes a lithium polymer battery for power, or Arduino Dock which turns the Omega2 into a fully functioning Arduino Uno if you are into that sorta thing. These docks and a few others are available for $15 a piece, with Onion inviting third-party developers to come with their own expansions for the launch later this year.

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The second version comes with two different sorts, Omega2 and Omega2 Plus, as well as much lower price ($5 for Omega2 and $9 for Omega2 Plus) than the original Omega. This is like a desktop computer run by Linux, with a tiny size so that you can use it on you DIY or Arduino projects. It comes out with on-board flash storage and integrated Wi-Fi, means you don’t need any extra Wi-Fi dongles or SD card.

The Omega2 and its main competitor, the Raspberry Pi Zero, are both $5 computers that hope to be cheap enough, and also tiny enough, for people to buy a new unit with each new DIY project they take on.

For 5 bucks, you get a 580 MHz CPU, 64 megabyte of memory, and 16 megabyte of storage. If you’re lucky enough to have an extra $4 lying around, you can also spend $9 for the Omega2 Plus, and get double the memory and storage.

Onion has a cloud-based feature called Onion Cloud which allows you to control the Omega2 via the web browser on any PC, and regulate hardware-software interactions with a bunch of cool APIs.

The Omega2 is available for preorder on Kickstarter.