Seems like TI is behind this "contest". Strange that so many of the candidates come from same company. Not that TI is not innovative, rather the opposite, but I am pretty sure there are many others with much more "rising engineering stars".
I see that the Beagleboard is responsible for two of the entries in this list. Ubuntu and Android installs on the board. But, I would like to see a version of Windows get installed on this or some similar board. The more software support, I am sure it would be successful.
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