Hackboard IoT SBC suits hobbyists and students

  • May 17, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

Texas-based Hackboard is targeting the education and IoT markets with a single-board computer (SBC) about the size of a smartphone but with the power of a desktop computer.

It is said to be one of the lowest-priced Intel-powered and Windows-based single-board computers ever made.

The Hackboard 2 is for makers, hobbyists, IoT, edge computing and embedded applications with customisable Hackboards. Soon, Hackboard will ship personal computer kits for work-from-home users, remote learners and the classroom.

The Hackboard 2 lets users create their computing environment at an affordable price, while taking advantage of the benefits of standard technology. With optional 4G or 5G modules, users can connect to the internet from almost anywhere. Users can plug the system into nearly any monitor with an HDMI input, including their TV. 

“The Hackboard 2 is designed to address the increasing worldwide challenge of the digital divide and the needs of education,” said Mike Callow, Hackboard CEO. “With the shift to increased remote working and learning, there is a growing need for affordable, powerful computers connecting users to the internet and each other. Our mission is to help solve this growing challenge.”

With the significant increase in remote learning, students and schools need access to affordable, high-quality, versatile products with connectivity that integrate smoothly into the classroom.

The Hackboard 2 runs Windows applications natively, Google Classroom and G-Suite through a web browser, and Python coding software, making it suitable for remote students as well as in-classroom learning. Education discounts for schools are available. It is available for order at RS Components, OKdo, Micro Center, Mouser, CrowdSupply and Vilros,

The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas, London and Shenzhen, China.