Windows On Devices: Intel Galileo

Some time ago while reading about new development boards I ended up in a Microsoft site called Windows On Devices. In there they are promoting the Intel Galileo board and their dev environment with Visual Studio. To do so, they offer a free dev kit if you register and tell what you want to do with it (and they like your idea). So we’ve decided to apply explaining what Fabsterdam is and what we do with arduinos, pis, and 3d printers and some weeks ago we received a mail confirming that they’ll send us a dev kit (YEY!).

The Galileo board is an interesting board for two reasons: it’s the first embedded board using x86 instead of ARM and it was built along with the arduino guys so the board has a “basic” arduino (shields will be compatible for example).

What comes in the package?

I’ve received today and when you open the box you will see this:

Galileo dev Pack

That’s a Galileo board, a network cable, a 16GB class 10 MicroSD card with windows preloaded, a LED to try the arduino pins and a USB to ethernet adapter for your host computer. It’s very nice that the included all that you need to get started as soon as possible. Also, if you go to the windows on devices website there are a lot of tutorials on how to code for it (and how to start with your new kit).

Galileo Box

Galileo Box (PSU)

This is what you see when you open the Galileo box. Just under the board, in a separate compartment there is the power supply. A nice detail is that it has all the plugs for every region (USA, UK, EU plugs..) which is very good because the board comes from USA and we live in EU so no need for extra adapters.

And this is the board itself out of the static shield bag:

Galileo board

For the moment I haven’t tried anything yet but I hope we have time to play with it very soon. We’ll be posting about it when that happens.