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I'm working on a robotics platform and we need an on-board Ubuntu machine to run ROS image recognition.

Does anyone know of a good set of computer hardware that has

  • NO screen
  • NO keyboard
  • Built-in battery (for charging separate from the robot)
  • Quite a bit of compute power (i5+, 4+ GB ram)

I thought about using a laptop, but the keyboard and screen are a lot of extra weight/volume I don't want to carry around. Something like an Intel NUC is appealing, but has no battery.

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Yes the Gigabyte Brix or the Intel NUC are the platforms you're searching for: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/list.aspx?s=47&ck=104 http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/nuc/overview.html

I've looked extensively for computer for robots 2 months ago, I don't know if there is anything new since, but I don't know of any small computers with internal battery. You might have to make the power circuit yourself, or ask someone to make it.

ARM processors/computers are getting better everyday but you wont find anywhere near the support you'll find on an Intel based computer. Intel is tried and tested, plug and play.

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