Google AI on Raspberry Pi: Why It's The Most Wonderful News And Why Tinker Board Doesn’t Stand A Chance


Google has come to play and will let Raspberry Pi get a hand on its AI technology and machine learning tools. This is good news to all makers using the credit card-sized computer for projects. This is bad news for ASUS Tinker Board, because while it promotes the device with an edge, makers might be turned off because of one singular fact about it.

Raspberry Pi With Google AI; Benefits And All

Raspberry Pi projects will boost because of Google's involvement. Google revealed that it intends to make smart tools with the UK-based mini computer company. And as Raspberry Pi Foundation founder, Edward Upton said, this move will propel their makers to make more devices that will interact with the world.

The core of Raspberry Pi's Foundation is to teach basic computer science in parts of the globe where there's less access. With Google's participation on the project, both makers and learners will gain access on Google's TensorFlow Machine, OpenCV computer vision library, and a wealth more of dev tools for the taking.

And because Raspberry Pi supports Windows IoT, it's highly possible that Google will lend support through the Raspbian OS tools, Hot Hardware reported. It's a good thing that Google has decided to put their AI and machine learning tools in the community of makers. It's especially beneficial to the Raspberry Pi community and bad news for ASUS Tinker Board.

Why Tinker Board Stands No Chance

ASUS announced its Tinker Board days later Google announced to support Raspberry Pi. This is a bold move from ASUS. Do they think that their Tinker Board can compete with Raspberry Pi now?

The Tinker Board is more powerful than the Pi. It's highly compatible with peripherals and current solutions available in the market, Open Electronics reported. Moreover, it combines low power consumption and higher performance platform.

It's also two times faster than Raspberry Pi 3 with a score of 3925, as compared to the latter's 2092. It's also faster when it comes to reading and writing. But makers might be turned off because it's pricier than the Raspberry Pi.

Tinker board basically has more under its hood but ASUS won't be getting any of Google's AI and machine learning dev tools support that the Raspberry Pi community is getting. Moreover, it's slightly more expensive at $69.45 as opposed to Raspberry Pi at $37.71.

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