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Gumstix TurtleCore Expansion Board for iRobot Create

Last month, Gumstix announced the TurtleCore expansion board for iRobot Create Programmable Robot, featuring 3 USB ports, several male-header pins with GPIO access, as well as standoffs and screws to support the TurtleCore in the Create cargo bay..
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Sonoff S26 WiFi Smart Plug Works in All/Most Countries, Sells for under $10

Sonoff S26 WiFi Smart Plug Works in All/Most Countries, Sells for under $10 | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
One recurring issue with smart plugs / sockets is that they are often designed with a specific prong type, so if you want to use them in our country you may have to add an adapter, which may not be ideal, since the socket may fall off or have bad contact.
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ZiP (zGlue Integration Platform) Enables the Design & Manufacturing of Low Cost Custom Chips

ZiP (zGlue Integration Platform) Enables the Design & Manufacturing of Low Cost Custom Chips | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
When I first started to read about zOrigin on Crowdsupply, I was not really impressed. Meh... Yet another Bluetooth LE fitness tracker with a few sensors, and an Android app. But as I read further, I found out the interesting part was inside the device: ZGLZ1BA, a custom chip manufactured using...
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Hexabitz Modular Prototyping Platform Enables Wire-Free 3D Electronics Designs (Crowdfunding)

Hexabitz Modular Prototyping Platform Enables Wire-Free 3D Electronics Designs (Crowdfunding) | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
A few years ago, I made a Raspberry Pi case made of perfboard and created some sort of DIY modular 3D electronics design by using the top and sides of the case to also hold electronics components and associated circuitry like a relay, and LEDs.
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Spreadtrum SC9863 Octa-core Cortex A55 Processor is Made for LTE Smartphones

Spreadtrum SC9863 Octa-core Cortex A55 Processor is Made for LTE Smartphones | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
Arm unveiled Cortex A55 cores about a year ago, and while we have seen the new cores combined with Cortex 75-class cores in premium smartphone processors such as Exynos 9810 SoC, I had yet to see a standalone Cortex A55 processor that should deliver a performance boost compared to A53, while...
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96Boards GPS Mezzanine is the First Add-on Board part of 96boards Community Mezzanine Initiative (Group Buy)

96Boards GPS Mezzanine is the First Add-on Board part of 96boards Community Mezzanine Initiative (Group Buy) | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
96Boards hardware development platforms support add-on boards called Mezzanines, and you'll find a bunch of them on 96Boards website. Most are designed and manufactured by companies, but in order to bring more (individual) open source hardware developers on-board, the 96Boards Community Mezzanine...
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HP t430 Thin client Works with a Single USB Cable

HP t430 Thin client Works with a Single USB Cable | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
Gemini Lake mini PCs are starting to sell and ship, and from the look of it, HP t430 appears to be yet another Gemini Lake mini PC based on an Intel Celeron N4000 processor. But the device is actually a thin client that has been designed to work with a single USB type C cable for...
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R-TV BOX S10+ is an Android 8.1 TV Box with a Built-in Qi Wireless Charger

R-TV BOX S10+ is an Android 8.1 TV Box with a Built-in Qi Wireless Charger | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago we wrote about ECS Live Station, an Intel Bay Trail mini PC with an integrated wireless charger that can be used to charge any compatible smartphone. But as I was checking out new arrivals feed, I found out there was now a TV box that does the same thing.
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MT3620 Development Board for Azure Sphere is Up for Pre-order for $84.90

MT3620 Development Board for Azure Sphere is Up for Pre-order for $84.90 | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
Microsoft unveiled Azure Sphere solutions last month in order to provide a complete secure IoT solution from the hardware to the cloud with three main components: a secure MCU, Linux based Azure Sphere OS, and Azure Sphere Security (Cloud) Service.
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YC-CDA19Q is an 8-Port Quick Charge 3.0 Capable USB Charger with a Display Showing Power Consumption

YC-CDA19Q is an 8-Port Quick Charge 3.0 Capable USB Charger with a Display Showing Power Consumption | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
USB charger doctor is a cheap and easy way to monitor the voltage and current from a USB 2.0 port or charger, but you may have more than one device to monitor, and USB 3.0  type C ports as well as fast charger are now quite common, so it may not be suitable for all...
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AsteroidOS 1.0 Released – An Open Source Linux OS for Wear OS Smartwatches

AsteroidOS 1.0 Released – An Open Source Linux OS for Wear OS Smartwatches | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
We first discovered AsteroidOS, a Linux based open source operating system working on some Android Wear (now Wear OS by Google) smartwatches, in early 2016 while looking at FOSDEM 2016 schedule. The project and community have since grown to support more watches,  and a company even tried to launch...
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Wi-Fi EasyMesh is a Standard for WiFi Mesh Networking

Wi-Fi EasyMesh is a Standard for WiFi Mesh Networking | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
It's been possible for add multiple WiFi routers and/or WiFi repeaters in order to provide good coverage in a house / building for years, so this required some manual configuration. So in recent years, companies came up with WiFi mesh networking solutions that do very much the same, but are easier...
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ULEWELL Z28 MINI is a $40 RK3328 TV Stick with 2GB RAM, 16GB Storage, and a USB 3.0 Port

ULEWELL Z28 MINI is a $40 RK3328 TV Stick with 2GB RAM, 16GB Storage, and a USB 3.0 Port | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
While we've already covered many Rockchip RK3328 TV boxes and development boards, if you want a TV stick form factor the choice becomes much more limited. So far I was only aware of Rikomagic RKM V3 , but today I've come across  ULEWELL Z28 MINI, selling for about $40 on Aliexpress with 2GB RAM,...
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NeTV2 Open Video Development Board Works with Encrypted and Unencrypted Video Streams (Crowdfunding)

NeTV2 Open Video Development Board Works with Encrypted and Unencrypted Video Streams (Crowdfunding) | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
Chumby NeTV was an open source hardware Linux IPTV media player based on a Xilinx Spartan FPGA and a Marvell Armada 166 processor, and unveiled in 2011. Many years have passed since then, and now Bunnie Huang has come up with a new version.
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ESP32-Sense Kit Lets You Experiment with ESP32 Touch Interface

ESP32-Sense Kit Lets You Experiment with ESP32 Touch Interface | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
Beside support for Bluetooth, one the other extra benefits of Espressif ESP32 over ESP8266 is the presence of a touch interface in the newer processor. If you are interested in that specific features, Espressif Systems has worked on ESP32-Sense kit that provides a main board with ESP32, and...
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Arduino Unveils its First FPGA Board with MKR Vidor 4000, Updates UNO WiFi Board with ATmega4809 MCU

Arduino Unveils its First FPGA Board with MKR Vidor 4000, Updates UNO WiFi Board with ATmega4809 MCU | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
Arduino has been busy with new boards announcements in the last week, as after introducing MKR WiFi 1010 and MKR NB 1500 IoT boards with respectively WiFi + Bluetooth, and NB-IoT + eMTC connectivity, the company has now unveiled two new boards.
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XU4Q Retro Gaming System Runs ODROID GameStation Turbo, Sells for $150 and Up

XU4Q Retro Gaming System Runs ODROID GameStation Turbo, Sells for $150 and Up | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
One of the use case for little Arm Linux boards is retro gaming thanks to open source projects like RetroPie, RetrOrangePi, Lakka, and others. To get a complete & usable system, it's possible to purchase console kits, enclosures, or even complete game consoles running one of such emulators.
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Sens’it Discovery is a Sigfox IoT Solution with 6 Sensors

Sens’it Discovery is a Sigfox IoT Solution with 6 Sensors | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
Sigfox has just launched Sens'it Discovery, which they describe as a "end-to-end IoT solution, which aims to accelerate the adoption of the IoT (Internet of things) among business and technical professionals".
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Pi-Hole Kit is a Raspberry Pi based Ad Blocker

Pi-Hole Kit is a Raspberry Pi based Ad Blocker | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
If you don't like getting tracked or see ads, it's normally easy enough to install an ad blocker plugin in your web browser. But if you want to save some resources on your computer(s) and/or prevent online ads on other devices - including TVs - on your local network, it's possible to do so via...
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UMIDIGI Z2 Pro is one of the first Smartphones based on MediaTek Helio P60 SoC

UMIDIGI Z2 Pro is one of the first Smartphones based on MediaTek Helio P60 SoC | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
MediaTek unveiled Helio P60 Cortex A73/A53 processor with AI HW acceleration a few months ago, and we were promised smartphones would start selling in Q2 2018. Mediatek's partners seem to be right on schedule, as several MediaTek Helio P60 smartphones have now been announced, including UMIDIGI Z2...
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How to Get Started with OpenCL on ODROID-XU4 Board (with Arm Mali-T628MP6 GPU)

How to Get Started with OpenCL on ODROID-XU4 Board (with Arm Mali-T628MP6 GPU) | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
Last week, I reviewed Ubuntu 18.04 on ODROID-XU4 board testing most of the advertised features.However I skipped on the features listed in the Changelog: GPU hardware acceleration via OpenGL ES 3.1 and OpenCL 1.2 drivers for Mali T628MP6 GPU While I tested OpenGL ES with tools like glmark2-es2 and...
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Intel NUC Kit NUC7PJYH Review – An Intel Gemini Lake Pentium Silver J5005 Barebone Mini PC

Intel NUC Kit NUC7PJYH Review – An Intel Gemini Lake Pentium Silver J5005 Barebone Mini PC | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
When Intel released their latest NUC Gemini Lake mini PCs they prioritized cost over performance. As a result the processor they chose for the ‘Intel NUC 7 Essential’ mini PC is somewhat underwhelming.
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Alfawise T1 Mini PC Powered by Intel Celeron N4100 Gemini Lake Processor is Going for $200

Alfawise T1 Mini PC Powered by Intel Celeron N4100 Gemini Lake Processor is Going for $200 | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
It's been a long wait, but it appears it's now possible to purchase Gemini Lake mini PCs and get them shipped within a few days. One example would be Alfawise T1 mini PC based on Intel Celeron N4100 quad core processor that's now selling for $199.99 on GearBest with shipping expected on May 19-22.
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Arduino Introduces Two New IoT Boards – MKR WiFi 1010 (ESP32) and MKR NB 1500 (NB-IoT + eMTC)

Arduino Introduces Two New IoT Boards – MKR WiFi 1010 (ESP32) and MKR NB 1500 (NB-IoT + eMTC) | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
Arduino introduced its MKR family of breadboard compatible maker boards with MKR1000 featuring an Atmel SAMD21 microcontroller combined with a Microchip WINC1500 WiFi module. The board was followed by MRKZero without wireless connectivity,  then MKRFOX1200 Sigfox board, and finally MKR WAN 1300 &...
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Running out of RAM in Ubuntu? Enable ZRAM

Running out of RAM in Ubuntu? Enable ZRAM | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
Whenever I ran out of RAM on a Linux system, I used to enable swap memory using the storage device to provide an extra bit of memory.  The main advantage is that it's does not require extra hardware, but come at the cost of much slower access, and potential issues or wear and tear, unless you only...
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How to Run Chrome OS in Android Emulator

How to Run Chrome OS in Android Emulator | Embedded Systems News | Scoop.it
While it's possible to run the open source Chromium OS in your computer or a virtual machine, AFAIK there was only was way to test Chrome OS: purchasing an actual Chromebook, or other device running the operating system.
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