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.
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.