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Hackable, cardboard Android mini-PC wins award

The Via Technologies recycled cardboard-housed Android mini-PC received a Design and Innovation award at Computex 2013 earlier this month. The hackable $99 APC Paper and its internal $79 APC Rock motherboard run a custom Android 4.0 OS on an 800MHz Via WonderMedia ARM Cortex-A9 SoC, and offer 512MB RAM and 4GB flash, along with HDMI, USB, and Ethernet connections.

The original Neo-ITX form-factor APC (Android PC) single board computer (SBC) was announced in May 2012 by long-time x86 — and increasingly ARM — chip vendor Via Technologies. The APC shipped in mid-2012 for $49. Designed to be competitive with hacker boards like the BeagleBone and Raspberry Pi, the open source APC board, which is now sold as the APC 8750, has nourished a small community of hackers, many of them in education.