A few toys have crossed my path lately, and it might be worth pointing to a few. Some might serve as the basis for some cool student projects or parts of classroom experiences.
A mechanical computer from Evil Mad Scientist labs. A definite possibility for a computer organization course.
A tiny Android computer-in-a-box. Useful for plugging into a projector to demo Android apps… but, of course, you have no accelerometer. Still, cute. Perhaps in an OS course?
The Parallella from Adapteva.
A no-brainer; this is a 16-core device (with a 64-core on the way) that we could run occam-pi on. This could definitely be a board for use in an organization course or an operating systems course. This would be a processor for which we could definitely build an Arduino-esque occam-pi board.
Neither here nor there, but I really like this icon set.
Like many, I backed this campaign. Given that I have two courses on Android programming this term, perhaps I’ll turn some students loose on developing something awesome for it.
I’m currently a backer; I think the theme is “cool Android devices I could use in my classroom.” Hack in some App Inventor support, and you’ve got a really neat device for introducing game programming to students.
A high-performance Android-in-a-window experience. Works on Mac and Windows… and, surprisingly, presents itself as an emulator to App Inventor.