The money from the pre-orders will be used to pay for the first production run and determine if there is enough interest to meet the minimum order quantity for the cellular modem chips that they would like to use.
The Pyra will feature a 1.5Ghz DualCore Cortex A15 Arm Cpu, up to 4GB of ram, 32GB of built in flash storage that can be expanded with 2 SDXC cards, a 5 inch 720p touchscreen, 2.4 Ghz / 5Ghz wifi, Bluetooth 4.1, optional 4G LTE and GPS, one USB 3.0 OTG port, 2 full sized USB 2.0 ports, a micro HDMI port, a backlit keyboard, gaming controls, and an estimated 8 hours of battery life (Though that should be greatly improved once power saving features are enabled). The device is roughly the size of an original Game Boy, or 3dsXL.
Full disclosure: I don't work for OpenPandora GmbH. I own two Open Pandora systems, and have pre-ordered a Pyra. I am very happy with how the Open Pandora turned out, and figured there are other people out there who would have an interest in such a device.
Splintercat writes: You may remember a story from almost a year ago about a Linux tablet called the PengPod. The same people are at it again with a much better tablet that has a 9.7" IPS — 2048 x 1536 display, a 1 Ghz quad-core A31 processor, 2 GB of ram, 16 GB of built in storage with an open micro SD card slot, and can boot into many different distros of Linux as well as Android.
It appears that the tablet hardware already exists and the crowdfunding campaign is for funding software development and support for the device, though of course, backing at a high enough level will get you the tablet and possibly some other goodies.
Unfortunately this campaign has received very little attention so far, though the upshot is that if you're quick, you can snag one of the early bird specials and get one for less than a new Nexus 7, and should have better support for flavors of Linux besides Android.
Also, if you're considering these for your business, ViewTouch has made a deal with the PengPod folks to make their POS available at a discount on 100 Peng Pods.
Splintercat writes: The Humble Indie Bundle V has just been released featuring Psychonauts, LIMBO, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, and Bastion for Windows, OSX and Linux. Ubuntu software center support has also been added as a method of downloading.