I have idea to make a product (based on SBC - Small Board Computer) and sell it on the market, but after searching many forums, websites, youtubes etc I am sure only for one:
All what can work on that SBCs stable (I mean stable for production use, for customer product) is... lighting a LED connected to pins... That's all.
Anything else could work, but also could not work. Drivers coud be found, but you can not be sure they will work (most of them are in version zero
point...). Units could be connected, but it doesn't mean they will work when connected... Crazy.
Let me explain more.
My project needs a SBC with working camera and working communication (Bluetooth or WiFi-Direct). My choice was Orange PI Lite or NanoPi Neo Air.
Specs fits super for my project. Unfortunatelly only in theory...
The problem is that all of that elements I need doesn't work stable. No one works stable. Of course, you can find on Wiki samples how to take a picture with connected camera or to send a file using Bluetooth. But more you read, more you try - you loose your optimism.
What works for one try not works in production model, where you need to make (for sure) hundreds of pictures, send hundreds of files by Bluetooth etc. Even on NanoPi forum the producer answers me, that they do their best, but Bluetooth isn't so stable, WiFi-Direct doesn't work at all, drivers for camera has no stable options for example to choose photo resolution...
Other example - obexftp (for sending files using Bluetooth, has version 0.24.2 - a year old, previous verson 0.24 is from year 2013...
Producers of SBC just produces boards and no one care about the rest.
So is it all SBC market only for education? Only for play? Only for light LED or start a motor?
It seems producers only care to relase new models, put more cores, more MHz, forgetting drivers and software at all?
If I make a project and sell it to customers, they have 1 or 2 years guarantee. Using one of SBC it is possible that for two years there will be no SBC I used to my project... really sad to think about business...
Maybe you have tried any of SBC for production? Maybe there is any chance? Which model?