Let me preface this buy saying I’ve already pre-ordered one, I’m not trying to be convinced to buy one and I’m not going to cancel my pre-order. I have disposable money to buy random things on the internet. Maybe I’m the target customer base?
The original Pocket CHIP had a screen with a poor resolution, a crappy keyboard, a bizarre online method of loading system software that didn’t support all the features of the hardware, and it was hard to get your hands on. Saving graces were it ran Linux on the go and had an exposed GPIO.
The Pocket P.C. has polished the Pocket CHIP rough edges by providing a better user experience with a nice(er) screen, improved keyboard, and sd card slot and seemingly removed the only thing that sort of made it stand out.
The website description says for ‘hackers on the go’ and ‘developing LoRa apps on the go’. Are you really expecting people to actually develop apps on a 5 inch screen and silicone button keyboard? Or a computer enthusiast to get excited about a couple of USB-c ports? One look at the Pocket CHIP sparked ideas of hackery. That GPIO header omg. You didn’t really need an explanation - you imagined things you could do with it. I’m not getting that feeling the second time around.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not trying to shit all over the work here. I just truly don’t know who the target for this thing is or what they’re going to do with it. And the fact that the question is still a placeholder in the pinned “Welcome” post is pretty telling.
Maybe I’m just getting old and uninspired but I can think of a single use case that this product can uniquely fulfill: I need to issue a handful of commands over ssh or serial, in the dark, and I don’t have a laptop or PC handy, and my cell phone or tablet onscreen keyboard isn’t cutting it, oh and all I have is my USB-c-to-serial cable (the one without the FTDI chip built in).
Just seems like a lot of work is going into something with a vague direction. I wouldn’t mind some clarification.
Loving the openness and big clear photos in the update blog, btw.