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At Armada II, I brought my Kangaroo portable computer.  It is a small $99 computer that runs windows 10 and fits in your pocket.  It has built-in a/c wifi, bluetooth4, a usb2 port, a usb3 port, and an hdmi port (video and audio).  For all you DMX fans out there, it runs off 12v/3a, so can possibly just drop into your power chain.  It has an atom x5 cpu, 32gb ssd, and 2gb ram.  This is more than enough system to run an Artemis station.  I have not tested it as a server, it would probably be decent, but I probably won't bother personally.

It does not have an ethernet port, so you would need a usb to ethernet adapter (that has windows 10 drivers) if you need wired networking, and probably a usb hub to expand the usb ports.  I also used an hdmi to vga adapter to connect up to my monitor.

They are sold on newegg.com (and .ca apparently, possibly other countries too) and microsoftstore.com weirdly enough.  There is a "limit" of 5 per order, but that is fine for most of us as we really only need 5 at a time (full bridge minus server, or five station fighter wing).

http://www.kangaroo.cc

there is another neat feature that I have yet to try, and that is what is called OSLinx, which claims to grant the ability to output the video to an iPad via a lightning cable (standard charging cable now).  I have a few friends with lightning ipads (I only have a classic ipod plug ipad), and will test and get back to you all on that.  If this feature works as described, then you are no longer limited to the mobile versions of Artemis for your tablets.

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this is really exciting. basically means about $300 gets you a fully operation console with touchscreen.


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Super cool! Do you find them getting warm during play? There's not much room in that box for a fan...
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At Armada II, I brought my Kangaroo portable computer.  It is a small $99 computer that runs windows 10 and fits in your pocket.  It has built-in a/c wifi, bluetooth4, a usb2 port, a usb3 port, and an hdmi port (video and audio).  For all you DMX fans out there, it runs off 12v/3a, so can possibly just drop into your power chain.  It has an atom x5 cpu, 32gb ssd, and 2gb ram.  This is more than enough system to run an Artemis station.  I have not tested it as a server, it would probably be decent, but I probably won't bother personally.

It does not have an ethernet port, so you would need a usb to ethernet adapter (that has windows 10 drivers) if you need wired networking, and probably a usb hub to expand the usb ports.  I also used an hdmi to vga adapter to connect up to my monitor.

They are sold on newegg.com (and .ca apparently, possibly other countries too) and microsoftstore.com weirdly enough.  There is a "limit" of 5 per order, but that is fine for most of us as we really only need 5 at a time (full bridge minus server, or five station fighter wing).

http://www.kangaroo.cc

there is another neat feature that I have yet to try, and that is what is called OSLinx, which claims to grant the ability to output the video to an iPad via a lightning cable (standard charging cable now).  I have a few friends with lightning ipads (I only have a classic ipod plug ipad), and will test and get back to you all on that.  If this feature works as described, then you are no longer limited to the mobile versions of Artemis for your tablets.


These sorts of systems seem like the ideal Artemis bridge computers.  Inexpensive.  More than powerful enough.  Small.  Low power requirements.  And, best of all, standardized.

I've been putting together a bridge worth of systems for play using 'compute sticks' (specifically, the Lenovo 300 model).  They've got the previous generation of Atom processors, and only USB 2.0, but they're doing the job nicely.  No touchscreens in use, but stations are running about $225 a pop including a 3-port USB hub with built in ethernet adapter, keyboard, mouse, and longer HDMI cables than what came in the box.

If you're doing an actual bridge build, especially a portable one, you can mount the hardware inside your station setup and have that much less stuff to cart around.  (I plan to mount the compute sticks onto the monitor stands, where they're both accessible and out of the way, and can stay attached while stored in the monitor boxes.
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I recieved my batch of 5 yesterday and have been slowly getting them setup to run Artemis.

I would suggest using the usb 3 port for the ethernet adapter so as to get the maximum speed available.

They do get a little warm but I plan to sit them on some sort of heat sink with a proper pc fan pointed directly at one of the air vents on either side once I figure out which is the intake.

So now I essentially have a fighter wing or a second bridge for about a third of what my primary bridge cost me so YAY.

Thanks again for sharing this little jewel with us isildur42
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From this last years bridge set up/break down, it has been brought into sharp focus how good it is to have a console that has minimal/no assembly time. In the future my focus will be less onnmaking things light and more on makin things complete. While I have been pretty satisfied with just building a PC in some of my consoles, this is a super great option since they take up so little space and probably don't require much air flow.




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After seeing Isildur's Kangaroo, I ordered one to test for myself.  It should be arriving today.  I want to do what Voice is suggesting: attach the unit to the monitor, so it's a de-facto all-in-one.
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http://matspointofview.blogspot.ca/2016/02/kangaroo-pc-inside-look.html


So based on the pictures in the above link, I think it is best to run a focused flow of air into either side of the vents. That will most likely prevent any overheat issues. A small laptop fan with a focusing cone should do the trick.
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I left it running most of the day on saturday, and it got warm, but never hot.  I would certainly want to augment the cooling in a longer term setup, though, but that is pretty simple with a small fan blowing through the vent holes.

I hadn't thought of the mounting to the monitor, that is a great idea.  At the very least, I would want a sort of holster for it mounted on the monitor.

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Apparently the new Pro Dock includes a full on hard drive port, vga jack, headphone jack, and ethernet port. I'm not 100% convinced you'd need the whole thing at $100 over a USB 3.0 ethernet jack, but there's that if you need it.
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"So now I essentially have a fighter wing"

So these will effectively run a fighter station? <WHATWHATWHAT!?!!?!?!?!?>


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