The SMILE Plug is a development kit, designed jointly by Marvell and Standford University, that brings Wi-Fi connectivity to a classroom, and allows up to 60 pupils / students to interact with their teacher via their phones’ or tablets’ web browser. Other possible applications include cloud computing, wireless AP, industrial control, medical instrumentation, office automation, as well as mesh and grid computing.
The SMILE Plug is now available with the following updated specifications:
The device runs on Arch Linux ARM, and high level software features SMILE server Inquiry Learning Based Environment application, Node.js and NPM (node packet manager).
The following SMILE software components will eventually be open sourced and available for download:
- Global SMILE for iOS
- SMILE for Android
- SMILE Server for Node.js
- SMILE Teacher Edition for Android
- SMILE Teacher Edition for Java
The SMILE Plug can be purchased for $199 (US model), or part of a combo with a JTAG debugger for $228. Shipping costs are reasonable to the US (~$11), but overseas it may cost you over $50 (Fedex International Economy). If you want a similar box, but you don’t need to provide Wi-Fi to lots of people / nodes, you can also check out the $149 Mirabox Devkit based on the same platform, but comes with 1GB Memory, and runs Debian 6.
Thanks to Bennett for the news.[Update: An interesting piece of information is that the SMILE Plug costs $30 to produce in quantities according to a Charbax video]