The best pocket-sized PCs for your startup: Seven best single-board computers: Raspberry Pi, Banana Pi, Arduino and more

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The internet of things is beginning to provide practical results as it evolves along three paths: machine to machine communications, smart systems, and home automation systems.

With the rising running costs of standard PCs, single-board computers have become a popular choice for startups wanting to solve their IT problems on the cheap, not to mention the imaginations of IT pros and hobbyists alike, kindled by the availability of cheap boards and sensors.

While not every idea sparked by these components and computing devices will fall under the heading of IoT, scratching the itch to tinker will lead to deeper insights into what may come.

Following are several board options for hobbyists, developers, and IT pros to consider for their next invention.

Read next: Eight fun Raspberry Pi projects you should try

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