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Get your own open source touchscreen device for $69

Feb 04, 2011, 14:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Humphries)

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"It's really easy to go out and spend a few hundred dollars buying yourself a personal media player (PMP). But why not build your own instead, save some money, and have a completely open platform to experiment on?

"That's the offer Microtouch 2.4 is offering right now. It can't do everything an iPod touch can do, like play MP3s, but it does have apps. The spec is pretty basic, although it does allow for gaming, picture viewing, and e-reading as well as anything else you care to develop for it.

"The spec includes:

* Atmega32u4 – 32KB of flash, 2.5K of RAM with USB bootloader
* 2.8″ 320×240 16-bit color, TFT display with resistive touch screen
* Lithium polymer battery charging via USB
* 3-axis accelerometer, MMA7544 +-2g to +-8g resolution
* Micro SD card slot
* Battery monitoring, backlight control and on/off switch

"The basic kit for $69 includes the development board with display and the some apps preloaded. To that you need to add a lithium polymer battery (an extra $12) and a microSD card for storage."

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