While I am still not sure who Texas Instruments is targeting with this board , I think that professionals, students, and hobbyists all will be able to find some interesting uses for this system.
|MAVRK with two modules installed.|
Instead of trying to explain exactly what the MAVRK is, I will give you a scenario in which you would want to use the MAVRK. Imagine you want to build a quadcopter that can be monitored and/or controlled wirelessly from a nearby computer. Instead of taking lots of time and money building prototype after prototype till you get the design right, you can use the MAVRK. First you would need a motor module, a wireless module (say Wi-Fi for example), an MSP430 module, and a few analog or digital input modules. All of these things TI apparently plans on offering at quite low prices.
You would plug everything in to the motherboard, hook any accelerometers you have to the input modules, hook a few test motors up to the motor module, and start programming away. The MAVRK programming tool chain is supposed to make the integration of these modules easy and quick. If all goes to plan, you should have a working model within days, not weeks. Now all that is left is to take the MAVRK setup, and turn your working design into a custom PCB; this step should also be easy considering the MAVRK and all the modules are open source, including the hardware.
I will be started a separate blog about the MAVRK system which will go into more detail about the kit and how to get started with the kit. Stay tuned! Let's see what this baby can do!