Tag Archives: Computers/Software

Broadcom Lifts Lid on RPi Graphics Core

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On the Raspberry Pi’s second birthday its creator and Broadcom employee Eben Upton wrote in a blog post that open-source graphics drivers for the chip used in the Raspberry Pi have now been released.   In the post Upton wrote that the RPi in common with every other ARM-based SoC, using the VideoCore IV 3d graphics core normally requires a block of closed-source binary driver code (a “blob”) which talks to the hardware. In the case of the RPi, this blob runs on the VPU vector...

Wind River targets VxWorks 7 at the IoT

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At the Embedded World held in Nuremburg Germany , Wind River have announced that their most recent version of VxWorks has been reworked to optimize its performance and usability for “Internet of Things” applications. VxWorks is one of the most widely deployed Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS) for embedded applications.   Its improved modular structure separates its core operating system from packages such as the file system and networking stack so that individual applications can be...

PicoScopes can now run on Linux Machines

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The software accompanying USB scopes has up till now, almost universally, been designed to work with Windows machines.  Pico Technology who produce the PicoScope range of USB scopes have announced the PicoScope 6 oscilloscope software will now allow their scopes to run of Linux machines. The company acknowledged that the software has been developed in response to requests from customers working in scientific and educational fields where Linux has a strong foothold.   Together with...

Bluetooth Smart Software Development Kit

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The Bluetooth Smart SDK released by Nordic Semiconductor is a port of an existing SDK available for the nRF8001 Bluetooth Smart connectivity device. It is available as a repository on GitHub which allows subscribers to ‘fork’ their own versions and make ‘pull’ requests to modify and improve the SDK. It contains lots of examples including a human interface device, UART over Bluetooth low energy, heart rate monitor, temperature sensing and proximity detection. The Bluetooth Smart SDK for...

Make Your Touch Screen Recognize Gestures

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Word is that Samsung's next generation of smartphones won’t even need you to physically touch the screen. Finger gestures and hand waving will suffice. Here at Elektor.Labs we received a visit this week from the inventor of a technology that can give touchless capability today to any existing tablet or touch phone, independent of the brand.   The principle behind the OotsideBox [not OutsideBox], as explained by its inventor Jean-Noël Lefebvre is "projected capacity. An...

New Raspberry Pi Book from Elektor Now on Sale

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The Raspberry Pi is a complete computer system that allows for a tremendous variety of electronics parts and extensions to be connected. This new book addresses one of the strongest aspects of the Raspberry Pi: the ability to combine hands-on electronics and programming.   With no fewer than 45 engaging and challenging projects throughout this book, you’re guaranteed to develop a well-rounded understanding of Raspberry Pi. Processing and generating analog signals, driving an...

Android & GNU/Linux Development Board

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Element14/Newark has announced the RIoTboard (Revolutionizing the Internet of Things). It is an open-source, single board development platform to support the development of netbooks , nettops, mobile internet devices, PDAs, portable media players (PMP) with HD video capability, portable navigation devices (PNDs), industrial control and test and measurement (T&M) and single board computers (SBCs).   The RIoTboard specs in brief: SoC – Freescale i.MX 6Solo ARM Cortex A9 MPCore...

MEMS Sensor Evaluation Board

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Farnell element14 are offering a MEMS Sensor Evaluation Board equipped with a MPL3115 high-precision pressure sensor, a MAG3110 low-power 3D magnetometer and a MMA8491Q 3-Axis, digital accelerometer. Communication with the board is via I2C and it has rows of headers that plug into the Raspberry Pi or Freedom KL25Z development platform. The combination of sensors are useful if you are developing applications for navigation devices, remote controls, wireless controllers, tablet computers or...

Tiny Low-cost Platform Runs Linux

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The Arietta G25 platform is not yet available but Acme Systems have begun taking orders with a price tag of 10 Euro ($14) for the bare board or 27 Euros with WiFi (takes up a USB port) and a 4GB microSD with EmDebian Linux OS pre-installed. The pre-order price is good till the end of the month and increases each month until the module ships mid-summer for 20 Euros.   At 50 x 25mm the Arietta G25 is built around Atmel’s 400MHz ARM9 SAM9G25 SoC and is equipped with 128MB of DDR2 RAM...

Honey, I Shrunk the PC

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At the CES 2014 held in Las Vegas Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich’s introduced a PC built into an SD card-sized casing called the Edison . It uses Intel’s Quark chip which was launched last year and is seen as Intel’s answer to the rapidly emerging wearable and ‘Internet of Things’ market.   The Quark is a 22nm low-power dual-core x86 processor that Intel also use in their Galileo (Arduino compatible) development board which they introduced last year. In the Edison this processor chip is...

Project Kano, a Computer for All

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Launched on Kickstarter on the 19th November kano , a $99 dollar computer ‘anyone can make’ has passed its funding deadline. Its original target was $100,000 but this was passed in less than 18 hours on the first day, leaving a month to go until the funding deadline. By the end, Project Kano had raised $1,522,160 from 13,387 backers. Two of those backers were reported to be Steve Wozniak (yes, that Steve Wozniak) and Yancey Strickler, one of the founders of Kickstarter.   The main board...

Bluetooth ZX Spectrum, Forward to the Past

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New Year is a time for celebrating and also a time for relaxing, if you recently spent any couch time playing some of the newest gaming releases, your brain will for sure be suffering over-stimulation brought on by the hi-def image onslaught. Why not take timeout to de-tox your visual cortex by exploring some of the earlier computer games which used less sophisticated, chunky graphics. Elite Systems are a company heavily into mining this seam of gaming nostalgia and have acquired the license...

DelFly, the Autonomous Robot Dragonfly

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Technical University (TU) Delft (Netherlands) researchers have developed the DelFly Explorer, the world's first Micro Air Vehicle with flapping wings that can avoid obstacles by itself. The uniqueness of this achievement lies in the DelFly Explorer's very low weight (20 grams, i.e. a few sheets of paper), and this opens up new possible applications for both smaller and larger MAVs. With its two flapping, transparent wings, the DelFly most closely resembles a robotic dragonfly. The...

Beaglebone and Raspberry Pi FPGA Board

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In its first venture into crowd funding the company Valent F(x), are seeking pledges for its LOGi FPGA development boards on Kickstarter that should make both the Beaglebone Black and Raspberry Pi communities happy. The Raspberry Pi version of the board is the LOGi-Pi while the BeagleBone Black is called the LOGi-Bone. The two boards offer roughly the same capabilities:   FPGA — Xilinx Spartan-6 LX9 (XC6SLX9-3TQG144C); TQFP144 package. Memory — 256 MB SDRAM ARM support: LOGi-Bone —...

Bluetooth® Smart Starter Development Kit

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CSR plc have introduced a new low-cost Bluetooth Smart development kit for developers looking to get prototypes up and running fast.   The Starter Development Kit is competitively priced and comes with unrestricted development environment including compiler and debug tools giving full support to the CSR µEnergy platform. The software also includes source code example applications for both iOS and Android target systems and a full suite of profiles to run on-chip. Developer support is...