The Arduino Star series of boards feature ST Microelectronics processors, and the first of the series is the STAR OTTO. The Otto combines the power of the STM32F469 processor and an Espressif ESP8266 for WiFi, with several on-board peripherals, such as a micro-SD slot, a connector LCD-Audio-Camera, an USB Host, an headphone and speaker output, and an on-board stereo microphone.
The board physically says “Open-source electronics” on it. There are no PCB design files or licenses on any files available.
The schematic (PDF) has no license indicated. “DogHunter” logo is the only ownership indicated as author.
We emailed arduino.org for comment regarding the open-source status and claims for their products, they have not replied.
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I have been under the understanding that Arduino hardware work is now going to all be on the arduino.cc website. Since Arduino LLC and Arduino SRL reconciled, I have not seen any updates on the Arduino.org product page, so I believe that information found on arduino.org should be discredited at this time.
This does not solve all of the issues with quasi-open source (I found a few on the .cc domain), but I believe they are still working out differences there and will fix things up soon(-ish).
hi @Gabriel Roper, it appears arduino.org is the “one arduino” now – massimo banzi from arduino.cc said the following when asked about the files…
“Arduino is open source HW and SW. Full stop.
Some files seems to be missing and I’ll inform my colleagues at .org that they need to update them.”
Thanks for linking to my unboxing! My understanding from other sites is that the merge of the Arduino entities (especially the division between the open source side and the hardware side) is still a work in progress.
It strikes me that the Star OTTO Light may be simply an early production run… Or someone realized not everyone wants to pay a premium for a graphics chip, etc., on this board.
Finally, myself and others have identified some serious security problems in the Arduino wifilink firmware that need addressing before this is ready for prime time:
The fact that you can see the cleartext config when you’re on the network is definitely Not Good, but one would expect all the devices on a protected network would know that info anyway (or how would they be on the network?)
However, every time you reboot the device it becomes an access point, which may well blow the door wide open: