Celebrate ODROID’s 10th anniversary

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Celebrate ODROID’s 10th anniversary

Unread postby odroid » Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:00 am

Hardkernel was founded in 2008 and ODROID(Open-Droid) is 10 years old.
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This is our first official product, the original ODROID. It was the world's first Android based portable gaming device for the real world developers in '2009.
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When we designed the device, we thought three basic slogans.
- Of the developers, By the developers, For the developers
- Fun and interesting devices for developers
- Development board in pocket. (To Go!)

To celebrate 10th birthday, we decided to build a new device for developers again from last October.
The first prototype was born in November.

The shape was very similar to our SHOW2 board, but it had a separated joypad board.
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A Li-Ion 18650 battery could be installed to the rear side.
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It looked like a sandwich. So the thickness was too tough.
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The small and cheap Arduino MCU ESP32 performance was very good to run NES, GBC and SMS emulators amazingly.
But the sandwich style was not good to play games over a couple of hours. The stacked PCB was inconvenient and cannot hold it with hands for a long time. We couldn't put it into our back pocket either.
So we had to abandon the first design and constructed a plastic mould design with more sleek and comfortable shape from the scratch again.

Finally, Here we Go! We call it ODROID-GO. Now we can put this nice development board in a back pocket and play with it everywhere.
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You can find more information about ODROID-GO on this link.
https://www.hardkernel.com/main/products/prdt_info.php?g_code=G152875062626
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Re: Celebrate ODROID’s 10th anniversary

Unread postby streetboy » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:36 am

Congratualtion! I didn't know that you guys are already 10 years old. :o
btw, I like the former SHOW3 design too.
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Re: Celebrate ODROID’s 10th anniversary

Unread postby mad_ady » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:49 pm

Happy birthday! It's nice to see internal iterations of a product :) Perhaps we can learn more about the original Odroid in a magazine article (I suspect the magazine had not been founded yet)
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Re: Celebrate ODROID’s 10th anniversary

Unread postby odroid » Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:01 pm

The original ODROID product description is still alive. ;)
https://www.hardkernel.com/main/product ... &tab_idx=1
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Re: Celebrate ODROID’s 10th anniversary

Unread postby crazyquark » Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:17 pm

Happy birthday!

Looking forward to the next 10 years :).

The odroid-go looks like a cool piece of engineering. I had no idea the ESP32 was that powerful.
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Re: Celebrate ODROID’s 10th anniversary

Unread postby Shleee » Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:47 pm

I've just built my odroid-go and now half of the office is planning on ordering a bulk purchase....

I really hope this unit has sold well enough for you to consider the GO2... something with a little ARM core that has enough power for the GBA...

Keep being awesome.
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