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Published on Feb 20, 2016
In keeping with reviewing Raspberry PI type boards, the folks at Lenovator (http://www.lenovator.com/) have sent me a LeMaker Guitar and 7" LCD display to look at and report on so here is the first video for it.
This video reviews the basic specs and compares to a PI2, I also take you through downloading a Jessie Debian Image (Lemuntu) and flash it to the 8GB on-board EMMC Flash using a free to download imaging tool
The price of the board (Including Base) is about 45$ from Lenovator.com, where as a PI 2 is about 35$ BUT... The LeMaker Guitar also comes with the following features already on-board so you don't need to buy or build them
WIFI Bluetooth 4 IR Receiver Lithium ION Battery Support (Charger, Protection, Monitoring) USB 3 8GB EMMC FLASH Reset, ADFU, Power buttons 2 Channel ADC 3V 0 - 1024 count (10 Bit) Barrel Power jack
There is also a re-write of the wiringpi (www.wiringpi.com) called WringLMK which provides all the same functionality and is very usable from your own code. Unfortunately it is not as up to date as the current PI version so some applications wont work with it, for instance the NodeRed module "wiringpi". I did spend some time (Way too long) looking at what was different and it should not take Lemaker too much effort to update the code which if they are serious about leading the maker revolution with this board , updating it should be a priority as Node Red is taking of rapidly right now with some major backers leading the way (IBM for instance).
Dont get me wrong, you can install and run Node red very well indeed and have it drive much of the GPIO, just using the File System commands which is slower and less useful.
The 7" LCD is very easy to get working and is the subject of my next video.
Over all I am very impressed with the board, there is really only one thing that need fixing and that is the software as noted above. keeping upto date with the PI and compatible with the main applications is essential in order to compete with the PI 2.
LeMaker can be found here http://www.lemaker.org/ and there is copious documents and help on their WIKI pages, better than most manufactures I have seen, and includes the schematics for all the boards in clear to read PDFs