On March 21, Taiwan’s Central Command Trend Center updated travel restrictions. This has significantly reduced movement, especially between visitors and non-residents within the country. Many countries around the world continue to struggle to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, but many economic activities, including business trips, were forced to stop.

To stay in business without the possibility of personal meetings, many companies rely on remote business solutions to communicate quickly and efficiently. One such solution is a telepresence robot that allows remote employees to physically exist outside of a regular video conference. OhmniLabs specializes in robotics and telepresence technologies, using UpBoard arrays for their devices.

Source: https://up-board.org/up/specifications/

Telepresence Robots use in coronavirus age

Ohmni Telepresence Robots are also ideal for telemedicine and home care, especially when dealing with patients who may have been exposed to an infectious disease. Healthcare professionals can easily operate their telepresence robots using mobile phones, make regular observations, make initial inquiries and share medical records in real time with relevant staff. Telepresence robots allow medical staff to do their jobs without touching the patient and can be easily cleaned and disinfected later.

The AAEON UP IoT Development Board, with thousands of units sold, is one of the most popular boards used by professional manufacturers. UP boards are implemented in many applications such as robots, drones, machine vision, intelligent home, education, transportation and IoT. OhmniLabs chose UP boards for performance, flexibility, and competitive price. The UP board has Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor and I / O features such as Gigabit Ethernet port, 4 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI, DSI / eDP. UP boards are popular in the embedded market due to their expandability and small size.

Intel-based industrial computer

The first unit that entered the ModBerry series is a device called ModBerry M1000, utilizing the capabilities of UpBoard platform. New solution uses Quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor with 4x 1.44GHz frequency (boost up to 4x 1.92GHz), up to 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC on board. The new platform also features USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps for faster communication and supports new operating systems, e.g.: Windows 10, Yocto, Ubuntu, Ubilinux, Android 6.0.

To read more about ModBerry M1000 solution, download PDF datasheet: https://iiot-shop.com/product/modberry-m-series/

ModBerry M1000

Rock Pi X - Next Intel-based clone of Raspberry Pi

Every fan of new technologies has heard of small single-board computers (SBC) in the form of Raspberry Pi. Raspberry debuted on the market in many different versions, and the current model is Model 4B. A lot of people got infected with it for DIY, programming or Linux. No wonder that many other companies are trying to replicate British success. One of them is Rock Pi, which has just presented Rock Pi X. Compared to many other SBCs available on the market, it does not use a processor based on ARM architecture, but a chip from Intel. However, it is already quite old and cheap CPU, but it translates into a low price of the device.

Next Intel-based Rock Pi X clone of Raspberry Pi
Rock Pi X (front look). Source: https://wiki.radxa.com/RockpiX

Another player on SBC market – Rock Pi X

Rock Pi X is a single-board computer with dimensions of 52 x 85 x 18 millimeters. The heart of the device is the Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor from 2015, which has 4-cores and 4-threads clocked from 1.44 to 1.88 GHz, 2 MB Cache memory and integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail). RAM memory depends on the chosen variant and it can be 1, 2 or 4 GB DDR3L 1866 MHz. There is no built-in memory here, but there is a slot for MicroSD cards and eMMC modules. Model Rock Pi X A has no wireless connection (only RJ-45 socket), while Model B has a module 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.2 LE.

Among the available connectors we will find one HDMI 1.4, headphone port, one USB 3.1 Gen 1, two USB 2.0, one USB type C with OTG support and a 40-pin GPIO identical to that of the Raspberry Pi. Most importantly, however, that the use of the x86 processor allows the normal installation and support of Windows 10, and not its prosthesis with the annotation ARM. However, it should be remembered that the discussed Atom was not a performance demon even at the time of its release. Rock Pi X will be available soon, suggested prices are as follows:

  • Model A 1GB RAM – $39
  • Model A 2GB RAM – $49
  • Model A 4GB RAM – $65
  • Model B 1GB RAM – $49
  • Model B 2GB RAM – $59
  • Model B 4GB RAM – $75
ModBerry M500 with Raspberry Pi’s 4

Industrial use of market SBCs

A year ago, TECHBASE released an updated version of the ModBerry M500 industrial IoT computer, replacing the aging Raspberry Pi 3 with a 3B+, giving it better performance. With the recent launch of the Raspberry Pi 4, TECHBASE has yet again, announced another upgrade to the M500, which now packs the latest single-board computer.

ModBerry M500 also utilizes many more SBC platforms, such as Orange Pi, NanoPi and Intel-based UpBoard. Find more information here: https://iiot-shop.com/product/modberry-m-series/