I'll watch this tread from very closely since this interests me as well. I want to use the BPi for controlling a touch screen with my home automation. |
I tried this before with a Raspberry Pi, but it was not fast enough. I also tried an Odroid U3, which was plenty fast, but with that device, it seemed impossible to convert the HDMI signal to DVI. In the end, after 3 adapters, I got it to work in Linux, but not for Android. I'd prefer to use android because my home automation system has got an Android App available and hence I would not have to alter Linux to fit my needs. Unfortunately, two problems: in Android, the screen remained green and everything was very slow. Second, in Linux, my touch screen was recognised and I could use it. In Android it was not. But I'm guessing that's just a matter of configuring? (I mean, if Android doesn't work with touch screens???)
Now I've got two options left: the Banana Pi and the Cubieboard 3 (Cubietruck). The Banana Pi is cheaper, but the Cubietruck features a VGA output as well, which I can also use with my touch screen. BTW Dlanor: the Banana Pi and the Cubietruck use the same Allwinner A20 chip, which is probably why there are references to VGA in the BPi config files, even though it doesn't feature one.
If all else fails, I guess the last resort will be to simply buy a mini-ITX Atom board, and run it like that. But that solution would no doubt be more expensive and consume more power. I'd also have a harder time finding a wall-mountable mini-ITX case. Which is why I still would prefer a solution à la BPi.