Taking inspiration from the Raspberry Pi, the LattePanda Kickstarter is betting that if you're willing to pay $50 for a minicomputer, you're willing to pay over $100 for a better one. Judging by the impressive amount of power the LattePanda has under its sleeve, it's probably right.
While the Raspberry Pi project aims to keep things as cheap as possible to serve its ultimate goal of bringing hardware and coding skills to poverty-stricken regions around the world, many of its customers are hobbyists that just think it's cool. It's those people LattePanda wants to target, and while it's still keeping things cheap, it has no such altruistic restrictions.
The little minicomputer that could has a quad-core 1.8Ghz, 2/4G RAM, 32/64 GB eMMC, WIFI, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB 3.0, plus onboard Arduino processor. Not bad for a solid hundo.
These little guys will basically do anything the less-than-average computers found in schools or workplaces will do, with the added benefit of being extremely mobile. Put 20 in a bag and you've got a portable classroom. Seeing as the processor is 8th Gen Intel, you could probably even load up Unity to develop small games.
It comes with Windows 10, so those who don't want to stuff around with Linux don't have to (and there's probably a whole market of Pi fans who were scared of Linux), but it looks like LattePanda is very much focusing on the portable, "I can put a computer in that" mentality", not just with the Arduino chip but with the included APIs, workshop kits, and constant mention of things like touchscreens, Leap Motion controls, robots, and cameras.
There's still 39 days left, and the project is over halfway, so I daresay this one is going forward. I thoroughly enjoy seeing what people can do with a Pi, so I'm pretty excited for this as well.