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Compulab releases DIY smartphone

Compulab releases DIY smartphone

The EM-X270 Smartphone DIY kit from Compulab could be a great gift for a modder close to you.

Gadgets like this are exactly the type of thing geeks like us love - functional, cool and complex. We're talking of course about the new DIY Smartphone kit from Compulab, a company which specialises in computer-on-modules.

The new do-it-yourself Smartphone kit from Compulab comes with everything that a budding modder or gadget-crafter will need to build themselves a EM-X270 Smartphone, except the screen which has to be bought separately for some reason.

Starting at around $122 in the US, the kit can be assembled to run an Intel Xscale CPU at up to 520MHz on either Linux or Windows. After that you have to start buying extras, which include WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, a camera and a VGA touchscreen:

"Available with an optional display, battery with charger and keypad, the EM-X270 offers a self-contained solution requiring just an enclosure for implementing the final custom product... The EM-X270 has several connectors and slots as used in PDA's and also an internal extension connector for application-specific add-on's. Ready-to-run Windows CE and Linux packages are available from CompuLab." Says the official site.

The only thing that the kit doesn't come with and which we'd reckon you need is a case - but that's hardly a challenge to the typical bit-tech modder and we're sure that many of you are already thinking of swanky little designs and shapes. The advantage of designing a case from scratch is of course that you can incorporate your own designs and engravings on to the shell.

This close to Christmas, the EM-X270 could be an ideal present for modders wanting a smaller project over the holiday season. If you do pick one up though then be sure to send us your pictures and feedback, dropping them all in the forums.

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Phil Rhodes 19th October 2007, 09:49 Quote
I can also see something like that, with good dev support, becoming a good option for people developing all kinds of embedded devices. It leapt to the top of my list for a personal project I'm working on. A 500MHz XScale board for that money is very decent, quite apart from the other stuff it has onboard.

Phil
AndyFielder 19th October 2007, 09:50 Quote
I WANT ONE NOW!

In car MP3 Mobile phone PC with GPS.. hello!!

When are they available in the UK, and where from!

Andy
antiHero 19th October 2007, 10:33 Quote
I just had a closer look on the price page and if you want ONE with LCD, keypad, battery, GSM and WiFi it would set you back 867,5$:(

122$ is the price for the bare board in 1k units with the 312mHz cpu. Would be nice to get one but its cheaper to buy a pocketPC and hack the hell out of it :D
woodshop 19th October 2007, 11:21 Quote
for all the add ons and specs you list, I'm had pressed to find the part that lets it connect to a cell system thus making it a smart PHONE
AndyFielder 19th October 2007, 11:31 Quote
The EM-X270 Evaluation Kit. Package contents:

EM-X270-C520-W-H-K
EB-X270 extender board
LCD panel - 3.5" TFT 480 x 640, including touchscreen
Lithium Polymer battery, 10W/h
Antennas and cables for WiFi, GPRS and GPS.
Cables for USB and serial port
General purpose LCD adapter
Keypad
Speaker
FPC cables
Power supply 5.0V, 2A
Price: 2,300 US$

Is what one of us would have to pay + $95 postage!
:O
antiHero 19th October 2007, 12:10 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by woodshop
for all the add ons and specs you list, I'm had pressed to find the part that lets it connect to a cell system thus making it a smart PHONE

Look here under GPRS&cell phone. Costs 94$ time 2.5 if you buy only one.
thEcat 19th October 2007, 12:35 Quote
I came across the following several months ago, could be an interesting alternative -

http://www.openmoko.com/index.html

enjoy.
jeff_vs 19th October 2007, 13:10 Quote
Too bad it only has GPRS. It should have EDGE or HSDPA or UMTS or something a little better.

Then it might be worth the hefty price tag with the add-ons.
jakenbake 19th October 2007, 14:30 Quote
its $122 for a lot of 1000

i'm in if someone has $122,000 dollars to spend.
Phil Rhodes 19th October 2007, 15:19 Quote
Oops.

I think someone's been regurgitating press releases without doing too much fact-checking...

Phil
chrisuk 19th October 2007, 15:23 Quote
Gumstix anyone? Just a thought - cheaper, been around longer, and proven.
C-Sniper 19th October 2007, 21:08 Quote
this would be a good linux gadget.
dire_wolf 20th October 2007, 19:48 Quote
Nice idea, if money was no object
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