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About Embedded Mini-Itx Computer Inside Robots

I was thinking about embedding a computer inside the robot, my concerns are: how do you operate it without a screen? for example if i were putting it inside an R2D2 or WALL-E robot that don't need a screen. Do you all plug in a screen every time you turn it on?

Which mini-itx board/system? i know about the DELL FX160 $40 but then i gotta buy rams, hdd, usb wifi/bluetooth/sound card, which adds up. Looking for the cheapest solution that runs decent and compatible with Windows 7 if possible for speech recognition. Already have a SSD on hand.

Thanks

#32  
@DJ
Yes i figured that's what you meant. lol at your 30 extra seconds, but you need all the time you need right:).
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#33  
The 30 seconds is killed when you hit compile, and realize there's a mistake. You have to wait a minute for the compile to complete before you can type again:(
#34  
"...when you hit compile, and realize there's a mistake."

OMG. Did DJ just say he makes mistakes?!? I don't believe it for a second. :D
#35  
Here is an option for a
monitor
It would be a little small for programing, but if you had the computer all set up, it would be big enough to boot up and keep track of what is going on.

It seems that they are out of stock at the moment, but they were only about $80.00.
#36  
I got his monitor, haven't hooked it up yet.
Monitor

$29 isn't bad.

It's pretty small. 4.3"


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#37  
on my designs i use 1.2 ghz or 1 ghz over clock ,pico computer 3 inches by 4 inch size
works perfect with EZB software and more ,it does fit inside the large WALL-E design
model is PX10000G by VIA or they have PX11000G AT 1.2 GHZ AND CAN OVERCLOCK THEM TOO
every ITX board wont fit inside most robot designs ,mostly 6 inch by 7 inch stand ,only OMNIBOT MODELS,and looking at much higher current ,meens stronger motor and much larger battery
my lastest buy,i got 7 of PX10000 with memory for $330 and each one lists for $150
plus have 6 more at home (13 hope a not un lucky #)

on SSD thats only drive i use,besides the best speed ,low power,low current,and can really get damaged like regular hard drives (ssd has no moving parts)