hey easy Chimp. Don’t take it the wrong way. I was not insulting your job. Actually I do like what you are doing so far.
If I mentioned the beagleboard it is because we thought about it for our application. We design new computer app and no one in my team is really qualified to do electronics. On the last application we did we used some basic sensors such as temperature, switch, lock and we were a bit frustrated to end up with a computer managing that through USB and/or serial com (using the advantech relay) . It is not really cost effective. We then thought about the beagle board (149$) but because our code is in .NET it was a bit a pain to move that on linux with Mono and in top of that we needed to design the box around the board etc… for a limited number of devices it is not easy to find someone who can do that. Anyway, that is why I said in my last post that the enclosure is really a good idea because guys like us will be able to move straight to prod.
If I did a comparison between the 2 boards it’s because both offer high capabilities in term on cpu ram and touch screen, which enable to move a real app from a PC to your board. To be honnest, maybe I’m wrong, if I need to move servo, use sensors etc… with ethernet capabilities only your fez domino is more than enough… well I’ll find out when I receive it.
And again we (my team) like really what you are doing because you brought the embedded world to guys like us thanks…
Having said that we don’t have all the same opinion when I showed and spoke about the fez cobra to my boss he replied “It looks like a piece of crap for teenagers or geek without girlfriend!” I was a bit offended but in his defence, as I lead a small R&D dev team we asked already for some hardware just to test their capabilities (RFID reader, laser beam, ZigBee etc…) and we can’t always find a good application as sensors or hardware like that it’s always a small part of the app itself. That is why they call our office: Toys R US. But I really think on this one he is wrong as sensors integration look like easy and so a small part of the job for a great data capture capabilities.