Syzygies wrote:Someone needs to ask this, even if there's a good (negative) answer: With mini-ITX motherboard/cpu/vga combos selling for $45-$60 on Newegg (add memory, power), why spent countless hours trying to learn new languages and debug the whole sort-of-a-computer-on-a-chip route? Arduino sounds like an awesome olive oil, but I'm not sure it's the computing environment of choice.
If we went this route, the unique contribution for BBQ would be a PCI-e card for the barbecue-specific IO. Perhaps interfacing with some analog discrete components for scale, but as we all know, analog electronics is kindergarten stuff, at least for what we'd need.
Syzygies wrote:Along these lines, aren't some $30 wireless routers running full-blown, open-source Linux? Hmm, memory, power, all the wireless hardware is already there, just a question of patching in some more IO.
jdbower wrote: I've been mulling over the connector options, I wonder if we should consider something like automotive weatherproof pigtails instead of 1/4" jacks?
jdbower wrote:Especially if we're going to need identifier chip adapters for existing probes/fans this would let us tape up the 1/4" to weather-proof connector as we see fit. And we'd be able to have a much higher density of them to boot since we wouldn't need surface mount receptacles.
Drunk_J wrote:Guess for me, not real fond of those automotive connectors. They are fairly big and ugly.
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