Design some kind of sensing network using the TI sensor tag – available in bluetooth and wifi.
Title says it all. USB, Ethernet, Video in and out, more processing power than beaglebone. Requires an external JTAG controller.
A robotics kit from CMU developed with children in mind. It has a visual drag-and-drop programming paradigm. http://t.co/RJ5NcwY4
APC has developed a 49$ Android computer. This might be an interesting platform for an embedded system for somebody who wants to learn app development on an Android system. It should have very powerful low level control of hardware and a very nice user interface.
Do something with a small FPGA package (in a USB dongle).