The board isn’t the first to copy the original Beaglebone design, however the new Seeed Studio board is the first derivative to make major changes to the design. Seeed’s board comes with two Grove System connectors, allowing you to connect directly to the companies large range of sensor boards without using a cape. The board also swaps out the barrel jack connector for a more commonly available micro USB, and drops the little-used HDMI connector. It also includes a battery backed up Real Time Clock (RTC).
Unfortunately, this is only a sneak preview of the new board. It won’t launch properly until Maker Faire Shenzhen later this year on June 19th. It will cost around $50.