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Matlab V-REP Tutorial now available

December 22, 2016
Author: Nikolai K.

I have had a lot of opportunities to use V-REP (the virtual robot experimentation platform) over the last couple of years, but was never a fan of the Lua programming/scripting language. I also believe that whatever code you write for simulation should be identical to the code that you will end up using in your robot. I decided to make a 2-part Matlab - V-REP integration tutorial to help newcomers get started quickly.

The first video shows how to connect V-REP to Matlab.

The second video shows how to send actuator commands, read sensors and transfer video data and is geared towards new-comers to V-REP.

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The BBC Micro:bit

Novemeber 29, 2016
Author: Nikolai K.

In an effort to further computer literacy among a younger generation, the BBC sponsored the development of the BBC micro bit microcontroller, which it handed out to students across Britain earlier this year. This is surprisingly not the first microcontroller that the BBC rolled out. The BBC Microcomputer system was released in 1981 and was also geared towards education. The UK, home to the Raspberry Pi foundation, appears to have a culture of empowering their citizens to become makers.

What makes the system appealing is its Bluetooth connector, 3-axis acclerometer, a 3-axis magnetometer, two user buttons, and a 5x5 LED display. It is geared towards education and the tutorial articles are often geared towards younger makers. The initial free distribution of the BBC Micro:bit to UK students is now finished and it is available for anyone to buy, but I have yet to find a distributor outside of the UK. Ebay has them for as low as ~$30 CAD.

For more information, take a look at the manufacturer's website here.

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Nikolai Kummer Resume with Shiny

October 27, 2016
Author: Nikolai K.

I have had a lot of oppurtunity to explore R and shinyapps recently (). Shinyapps is used to create and upload interactive R visualizations that allow your readers to interact and modify parameters of your visualization. It is a move away from static images, which is said to leave the reader with a higher understanding of the points that you are trying to make.

Naturally, I tried to use the same priniciples and created an online interactive resume to help me in my job search. My design principles were to visualize as many of the text-only aspects of a resume as possible. The interactive resume can be found here: https://edisondev.shinyapps.io/shiny_resume/

I would love to hear any feedback that you might have at: edisodev.net@gmail.com

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Raspberry Pi Camera V2 released

April 25, 2016
Author: Nikolai K.

The Raspberry Pi foundation released their camera V2 today. The original camera was released in 2013, but the OV5647 sensor was discontinued at the end of 2014 and all the cameras sold since were from large stockpiles.

This new camera has a Sony IMX219 8-megapixel sensor with a fixed focus and retails for $25 USD. The maximum still-picture resolution of this new sensor is 3280 X 2464 pixels and support a image transfer rate of 30 fps for 1080p and 60 fps for 720p. The V2 camera sensor comes as a visible-light and as a infrared-version (Pi NOIR) for the same price.

To clarify, all CMOS sensors detect infrared wavelengths called "near-infared", which are adjacent to the visible light spectrum. Regular visible light cameras come with an infrared filter on the sensor, which blocks these wavelengths thus allowing only visible light to be captured. The NoIR camera does not have this filter and is able to capture some of the infrared spectrum, which makes it useful for night photography or for scenes that are flooded with infrared light (by an infrared LED, for examples).

For more info and purchase link, take a look at the manufacturer website here.

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UDOO x86 Kickstarter

April 22, 2016
Author: Nikolai K.

UDOO currently has a Kickstarter campaign for what they call the most powerful Maker board to date: the UDOO x86 (compare to the original board here). This new board is advertised to be 10 times as fast as the Raspberry Pi 3 and the Basic board starts at $89 with an expected delivery date of November 2016.

The board is powered by an Intel Quad-Core processor (up to 2.0 GHz for Basic, up to 2.24 GHz for Advanced, and up to 2.56 GHz for the Ultra board). The Basic board comes with 2 GB of RAM and the higher cost models are slated to have 4 GB of RAM. The board has 8GB eMMC flash memory storage, but has a SATA and an M.2 connector for additional hard-drives. The UDOO x86 comes with Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity.

The UDOO is a powerful single board computer with an Arduino 101-compatible GPIO pinout, which makes it compatible with all Arduino 101-compatible shields, sketches, and libraries. The board has a 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope. A cool feature is the interconnectivity of the Arduino and the Quad-core processor, which allows the low-power consumption Arduino to start and wake up the high power consumption computer portion, which can potentially extend battery life for your IoT (Internet of Things) device as it allows your computer to react to the environment only when required to.

Currently, the Kickstarter campaign is fully funded and has over 1 month left to go and can be found here. As always, keep the potential dangers and delivery problems of crowd-funding campaigns in mind.

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The Intel Up Board, Raspberry Pi 3 alternative

April 21, 2016
Author: Nikolai K.

The Intel Up Board, Raspberry Pi 3 alternative

The Intel Up Board (created by Aaeon Europe) is said to start shipping in May. Pre-orders are accepted for an UP board outperforms the Raspberry Pi 3, but this additional performance starts at a cost of $89 USD.

The UP board features a quad-core Intel Atom x5 Z8350 64-bit 1.92Ghz processor with 2 GB DDR3L RAM (the shop does offer 1GB, 2GB, and 4 GB options). It has 16 GB eMMC Flash for on-board storage (32 GB and 64 GB options are available) and Intel HD 400 Graphics.

The board features an HDMI connector, four USB 2.0 connectors, two USB port pin headers, and one USB 3.0 USB OTG connector. The UP board comes with an internal real-time clock (RTC), which is rarely seen on other single board computers. The UP Board has the same form-factor as the Raspberry Pi 2 and has 40 GPIO pins. The Raspberry Pi 3 is cheaper and comes with built-in wireless communication. The UP-board currently only has an Ethernet connection.

The board is available for pre-order at the UP-shop.org.

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Introducing the Raspberry Pi 3!

March 7, 2016
Author: Nikolai K.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released the Raspberry Pi 3 four years after releasing the R-Pi Model B. This new processor is a step up from the R-Pi 2 and comes with a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core processor, which is advertised to have 10 times the performance of the Raspberry Pi 1 (and 50%-60% increased performance over the R-Pi 2 at 32 bit). All this for $35 USD (at Element14 for example).

Geared towards the Internet of Things (IoT), the Raspberry Pi 3 has an integrated 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.1. You should be able to save some money and time trying to find a compatible Wi-Fi dongle now that the wireless networking is integrated. The new Raspberry Pi is fully compatible with the R-Pi and R-Pi 2, which means that all the GPIO capabilities of the Raspberry Pi 2 are maintained. It is recommended to get a 2.5A power supply though to power this extra performance.

For the manufacturer announcement take a look a the release announcement at RaspberryPi.org

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NVidia Jetson: Single-board computer with GPU capabilities

February 21, 2016
Author: Nikolai K.

If you are looking to do more advanced computation with your single-board computer (machine vision, artificial intelligence, etc.) then you might find the majority of current boards lacking.

This is where the NVIDIA Jetson comes in. It comes with a NVIDIA 4-Plus 1 Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU and an NVIDIA Kepler GPU with 192 CUDA Cores. The GPU will allow you to do those intense computations, which the bulk of other single-board computers are not capable of. The computer comes with 2GB of RAM, 1 PCIE slot, 1 audio in and 1 audio out connector, and 2 USB slots (1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0). You get 16 GB on-board storage, a full-size SD slot, and a 1 SATA Data port for hard-drive connection to extend and accelerate your storage needs. The board also comes with various GPIO connectors that support i2c, UART, SPI, etc.

All of this computational power does not come cheap at $192 USD, but today's mobile robotic application will surely benefit from the added Umpf that this board delivers. For more information take a look here.

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MatrixMath library for Energia

August 22, 2015
Author: Nikolai K.

How about some shame-less self promotion: I recently needed to do some matrix calculation on a MSP430F5529 Launchpad. The existing matrix libraries for Energia were difficult to find and lacked some functionality. I added a dot product, a scalar product, and a vector normalization function. It has been tested with a MSP430F5529, but I don't see any reason why it should not work with other similar boards.

So, take a look at the MatrixMath Energia libraries on GitHub.

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BeagleBoard Green cheaper, but similar

August 12, 2015
Author: Nikolai K.

The Beaglebone Green has been released as a collaboration between Seeed studios and the BeagleBoard.org.

The BeagleBone Black (BBB) and the BeagleBone Green (BBG) are identical, except that the BBG has no HDMI port, but instead has two Grove connectors, one for I2C and one for UART. Grove sensors are building blocks, which allow you to simply connect sensors and use them right away, without having to spend time interfacing. More info at the Grove Wiki.

The BeagleBone Green is also only $39 USD, compared to the $55 for the BeagleBone Black. Other than that, they are identical.

Take a look at the Seeed website here

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The Arduino Zero is now shipping in the US!

June 06, 2015
Author: Nikolai K.

While the Arduino Zero may look like the Arduino UNO/Leonardo, it features a 32-bit ARM Cortex M0+ core (Atmel SAMD21) at 48Hz, which makes it signigicantly faster than the previous 8 bit boards. The boards feature 256KB flash memory and 32KB of RAM. If you are planning on writing 256KB worth of Software, you will be delighted to hear about the new Atmel Embedded Debugger (EDBG), which will gives you a full debug interface.

If you are not planning on writing intensive Software, but planning to use these board for hardware purposes, there are improvements on that front. All the digital pin (except Tx/Rx and pin 7) can send PWM signals. The analog pins now have 12 bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), which gives you increased resolution over the previous 10-bit ADCs (4096 divisions vs. the previous 1024). The Arduino zero operates on 3.3V, unlike most of the previous boards.

For further information take a look at the manufacturer website here.

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Arduino Day 2015

March 27, 2015
Author: Nikolai K.

It's that time of the year again. March 28th is Arduino day. Many locations will have events set up. Online retailers will offer discounts so be sure to shop around:

Don't miss out. You can find out more information at the Arduino day link here.

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XBAND: World's Smallest Bluetooth Sensor Computer

March 27, 2015
Author: Nikolai K.

Take a look at the XBAND Inidiegogo campaign. It is advertised as the worlds smallest (6mm x 18mm) Bluetooth Low Energy module with an on-board 6-axis motion sensor (MPU6500).

It features 31 GPIO pins with support for UART, SPI and I2C. Software can be developed via the Arduino IDE or mbed through a USB cable.

The early-bird price is $10 USD and the board will retail for $25 USD.

Keep in mind the dangers of crowd-funding campaigns and take a look at the Indiegogo page here.

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Phasor Kickstarter: Dev board with built-in Wifi

March 22, 2015
Author: Nikolai K.

Take a look at the Phasor Kickstarter page, for a development board targeted towards Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. Think of it as an Arduino, with 10 GPIO pins that also has a Wi-Fi module for $20 USD. The Phasor team also developed an "Arduino IDE"-like programming environment, to help newcomers get started quickly. Phasor measures 1.2"x0.8" inches (30.5 x 20.3 mm).

The Wifi module can also be used to setup an Access Point and has built-in functionality that lets you control the GPIO pins through a web page without writing any code.

The team currently offers a 128x32 graphical OLED display shield and shield with screw terminals for 120V AC loads. Additional shields are envisioned, but are subject to stretch goals.

Keep in mind the dangers of Kickstarter and take a look at the Kickstarter page here.

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Firefly RK3288 (Yet Another Quad-Core Single-Board Computer )

March 7, 2015
Author: Nikolai K.

The Firefly-RK3288 comes with a Cortex-A17 quadcore @1.8 Ghz processor, a Mali-T760 MP4 Graphics processor and 2GB dual-channel DDR3 RAM for $189 USD. The board also comes with 16GB eMMC Flash on-board storage, which provides faster and more reliable operation than an SD card.

Additionally, the board comes with dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Gigabit Ethernet. GPIO expansion headers allow interfacing with a wide range of electrical systems (I2C, UART, PWM, and more). The board has an IR interface which is most likely focused on the use of the computer as a media computer. A quirk of the system is that it has a standard VGA as well as an HDMI monitor connector, which should reduce the amount of time spent looking for HDMI to VGA adapters. The board also supports dual-booting Android and Ubuntu Desktop 14.04.

The board is approximately $189 USD, although it is currently on sale for $160 at Geekbuying.com.

For more information, take a look at the manufacturer website here or at the EdisonDev write up.

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Programming an ATMega over USB Tutorial

March 7, 2015
Author: Nikolai K.

The following link does a good job of explaining how to program an ATMega IC (i.e. just the "Arduino chip" for a few bucks, without the board) via a computer and relatively simple circuit.

Take a look at the tutorial here.

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Intel Edison Software Update

February 10, 2015
Author: Nikolai K.

The Intel Edison received a new Software update to increase WiFi and Bluetooth functionality. This update appears to be targeted towards the Internet-of-Things (IoT) field. The update is focused on wireless communication and networking. Some of the functionality highlights include:

WiFi enhancements ( see Wi-Fi User guide )

  • Direct Wi-Fi communication to an Intel Edison module or smartphone without an access point
  • Allows the Intel Edison to be connected to an access point, while being connected via WiFi Direct
  • Allows the creation of multi-node ad-hoc networks that contain no access point

Bluetooth Functionality ( see Bluetooth User Guide )

  • Hands-free profile allows the Intel Edison to act as a hands-free unit
  • Advanced Audio distribution allows audio to be streamed to and from the module
  • A Proximity Profile allows the Intel Edison to monitor proximity to another device
  • Human Interface Devices (HID) over GATT profile allows connection to a gamepad

Take a look at the Intel release with additional information here.

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Raspberry Pi 2, possible surprise release for 02/02/2015

February 01, 2015
Author: Nikolai K.

There is some talk going around that the Raspberry Pi 2 will be released on Monday February 2, 2015. Unfortunately, at the time of writing the only source is theregister.co.uk, so I would recommend to contain your excitement until the official announcement from the Raspberry Pi foundation (and remain skeptic, since a previous article from July 2014 at extremetech.com put the release date towards 2017).

The given specifications show their new Broadcom BCM2836 chip to have a 900MHz quadcore processor with 1GB of RAM at a price of $35. It is said to have at least 6 times the performance of the B+ and will have a very similar form factor as the Raspberry Pi.

The Raspberry Pi foundation website can be found at http://www.raspberrypi.org/.

The Register article can be found here.

EDIT: The Raspberry Pi was actually released.

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ODROID C1 Quad-core for $35

January 17, 2015
Author: Nikolai K.

Hardkernel released their Raspberry Pi competitor, the Odroid-C1, which (for $35 USD) gets you a Quadcore ARMv7 PC. The Odroid-C1 has a Quadcore 1.5 Ghz CPU and a Mali-450 MP2 GPU (Graphics processing unit) and comes with 1 GB of DDR3 SDRAM. The Odroid-C1 comes with 4 USB connectors, an infrared receiver, and features 40 GPIO pins to connect your external electronics.

It has a slot for eMMC flash storage and a microSD card slot. The eMMC flash storage is much faster than the micro SD card, but expect to pay 39$ for 16Gb here.

Take a look at the manufacturer website here.

EDIT: Take a look at the ODROID-C1 Info page on edisondev.

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Black Friday Cyber Monday Deals 2014

November 27, 2014
Author: Nikolai K.

If you are looking to shop for hobby electronics items this American Thanksgiving season, take a look at the following four distributors that have sales:

Raspberry Pi Model A+ Released

November 12, 2014
Author: Nikolai K.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation recently released a new Raspberry Pi variant, the Raspberry Pi Model A+. Rather than packing more punch into the single-board computer, like the Udoo or Beaglebone Black, they focused on adding more GPIO headers (now 40 vs. the previous 26), improving the Micro-SD connector, reducing power consumption, improving audio quality, and making the board smaller by 2 cm (~3/4 inch).

The Model A+ is suggested for embedded applications, which require little power, no Ethernet connectivity (that connecter has been removed), only a single USB port, and can manage with 256 MB RAM. The cost of the system is approximately USD $22 (Element 14).

Take a look at the press release information and retailer links here.

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BeagleBoard X15 Information Released

November 9, 2014
Author: Nikolai K.

The first information about the new BeagleBoard X15 have been released. Slated to arrive in February 2015, it features a Dual Core A15 processor at 1.5 GHz with 2GB DDR3L memory in a 4" by 4.2" foot print.

Take a look at the released information here.

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Fing Network Tools

November 5, 2014
Author: Nikolai K.

The other day I stumbled across "Fing - Network Tools" (for Android), which easily shows you all the devices on the network that the phone WiFi is connected to. This simplifies finding the IP of your single-board computers which are not set up with a static IP.

Anyone starting with single-board computers can save a lot of money/hassle in extra purchases, by connecting their Raspberry Pi / Beaglebone Black / Udoo to their network via an Ethernet cable. Remotely controlling the device saves the hassle of connecting keyboard, mouse, computer screen and buying micro HDMI cables, powered hubs, etc.

One of the first problems that you run into on first time start up is that the device is not set up with a static IP, thus forcing you to find the device on your network. Use Fing as an alternative to logging into your router every time you add a device.

Take a look at the Android App store link here. Or for a sample tutorial on how to find the IP addresses of your devices take a look at this tutorial.

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Release of the Intel Edison System-on-Module

September 10, 2014
Author: Nikolai K.

The Intel Edison has been released and is currently available for pre-order. The so-called system-on-module comes with a dual-core 500Mhz Intel Atom CPU and a 100 Mhz Quark MCU microcontroller for controlling the 40 GPIO pins that are supported. The board is advertised to have low power consumption and features 4GB on-board flash memory, 1GB LPDD3 RAM, Dual-band WiFi, and Bluetooth. The system-on-module retails for $50(Sparkfun Link) but requires a breakout board to be useful. The board currently supports Arduino and C/C++ programming and Intel plans on adding Node.JS, Python, RTOS and Visual Programming support in the near future. The initially announced "SD card-sized" computer has been upgraded to a "stamp-sized" computer after Intel decided to switch to the Intel Atom processor.

Take a look at the manufacturer website with information and setup links here.

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pcDuino3: Single-board computer with loads of features

September 2, 2014
Author: Nikolai K.

The #pcDuino3 development board, which came out earlier this year, is a high-performance and relatively inexpensive (when you consider the feature list) single-board computer. It retails for roughly $77 USD (Sparkfun) and is an alternative to the Raspberry Pi and the BeagleboneBlack. The pcDuino3 comes with an AllWinner A20, 1GHz ARM Cortex A7 DualCore processor, 1 GB of DRAM, HDMI output, built-in WiFi, IR Receiver, ArduinoUNO-compatible GPIO pin layout, and a LiPo battery interface for those mobile applications. It features 4GB Flash storage, a slot for up to 32 GB microSD, and a SATA interface to connect a hard-drive.

Take a look at the manufacturer website with information and purchase links here.

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STM32L152 Board with Eclipse Tutorial

August 14, 2014
Author: Nikolai K.

New Tutorial on setting up STM32Discovery with Eclipse!

Check out the new tutorial on the integration of the STM32L152 Discovery board with Eclipse. The STM32 Discovery boards are inexpensive and powerful, but ST Microelectronics only has support for commercial development environments. Eclipse is a free development environment and this tutorial walks you through all the steps needed to get it to work.

Take a look at the tutorial that integrates the board and runs a simple blink LED example here: STM32Discovery Board + Eclipse Tutorial

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New Raspberry Pi Model B+ Released

July 15, 2014
Author: Nikolai K.

Raspberry Pi Model B+ released!

The developers call it the final evolution of the Raspberry Pi, rather than a Raspberry PI 2. At $35, it is the same price as the R-Pi Model B, but features a total of 4 USB connectors, 40 GPIO pins, an improved Micro SD card slot, better audio and a lower power consumption. The board is available for purchase now from Element 14 and other retailers.

Learn more at the Raspberry Pi Foundation Website.

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Banana Pi, a Powerful Alternative to Raspberry Pi

May 19, 2014
Author: Nikolai K.

The Banana Pi, created by OSSUG Company, promises to be a viable alternative to the Raspberry Pi, which with its 700 Mhz processor is a bit dated. The Banana Pi addresses some of the shortcomings of the R-Pi and offers an Allwinner A20 dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. The Banana Pi comes with the same 26 GPIO header as its competitor. The single-board computer supports SD cards and also features a SATA socket to connect a hard-drive. It also comes with a convenient power and reset button. For more information take a look at the manufacturer website (which is a bit sparse). You can purchase the Banana Pi at Alieexpress for $50.

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Raspberry Pi Compute Module: new product!

April 7, 2014
Author: Nikolai K.

The new Raspberry Pi Compute module was just announced. It features 512 MB Ram and 4GB eMMC Flash and is only 67.6x30mm. The board fits into a standard DDR2 SODIMM connectors and is geared for those who like to create their own PCBs. A Compute Module IO Board (with dozens of extension pins) will be released at the same time. The board is slated to be released on June of this year with a unit cost of roughly $30. For more information, take a look at their announcement page here.

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Freescale Freedom development platform

March 27, 2014
Author: Nikolai K.

Take a look at the Freescale Freedom Development platform, a low cost (roughly $16) family of boards with 64KB flash, 4KB RAM, 20MHz operation (board dependabt), and Arduino compatible pin headers. The feature that caught my eyes were (depending on the board): an accelerometer, a magnetometer, an ambient light sensor and capacitive touch slide. This looks like a potentially promising platform for mobile applications. Take a look on the Element 14 page here.

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March 29, Arduino Day 2014 Sparkfun Sale

March 27, 2014
Author: Nikolai K.

Wanting to stock up on some electronics for the summer? Check out the Sparkfun sales for Arduino day 2014. Also March 29th 2014 is Arduino day. Take a look for a list of events on the Arduino homepage here.

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PNMini Kickstarter- a tiny DC/DC power supply module for makers

March 25, 2014
Author: Nikolai K.

Take a look at the PNMini, a tiny power supply module for makers. It comes in 0.5A and 2A configuration that supports input voltage ranges from 3.5-27V and converts them to output voltage between 2.5V-15V. The output is set to 3.3V by default, but can be changed by rearranging a few onboard resistors. The board can output positive and negative voltages.

The board features a 92% efficiency (compare to 73% for LM2596), meaning more power will end up as useful stuff, rather than heat, giving you more battery life. PNMini has robust self protection features, and is really tiny. The early bird price started at $7 (but were all gone at the time of writing) and up. For more information take a look at the already funded Kickstarter Campaign (42 days to go).

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Delivery of STM Boards

March 20, 2014
Author: Nikolai K.

A delivery of boards from STM arrived this morning. There is the STM32F401 Nucleo for $11.46 and the STM32L-Discovery for $11.66. The Nucleo has Arduino expansion board compatible pin headers and the STM32L Discovery has a tiny onboard LCD screen, 2 push bottons (USER + RESET) and one linear touch sensor.

The boards are quite a bit larger than an Arduino UNO and they did not come with the required mini USB cables. I am curious to try them out to see how they perform. Write up and tutorials to follow.

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MicroView, small Arduino with built-in OLED screen

March 18, 2014
Author: Nikolai K.

The Kickstarter campaign for the MicroView went live on March 17, 2014. The Microview is a tiny Arduino with a built-in 64 x 48 pixel screen that lets you display and visualize anything you want. The MicroView has been designed to work with a wide range of power sources from 3.3V to 16V.

Regular Arduinos can't display output, unless connected to a laptop or a screen. The MicroView addresses this issue and allows you to show measurements in real-time, which should simplify the debugging process. Potential areas of applications include real-time gauges for your measurements, wearable computing, status display for your robot/laptop or use as a watch.

The initial production run is set to be 5000 units and the cost is projected to be $55 USD for a MicroView and a corresponding programmer. For more information take a look here (Also: keep in mind the risks of Kickstarter campaigns).

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Tiva C Series Connected LaunchPad

March 17, 2014
Author: Nikolai K.

Recently I came across the new Tiva C Series TM4C1294 Connected Launchpad Evaluation Board by Texas Instruments (say that 5 times fast). It comes with a 120MHz 32-bit ARM Cortex M4 CPU, with 1 MB of Flash memory, 256KB SRAM and an integrated 10/100 Ethernet connectivity, which should allow you to connect your projects to a local network and beyond. It comes with 2 x 40 pin expansion pins (some of them PWM-capable) and two USB connections.

All this functionality sells for $19.99 and comes with:

  • Tiva C series Lanchpad Evaluation Board
  • Retractable Ethernet cable
  • USB debug cable
  • Free EK-TM4C1294XL TivaWare for C Series software downloads

I have ordered mine, but they are back-ordered for the next 2-4 weeks at least. Updates/tutorials to follow. Buy the board here.

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Indiegogo Campaign for Gamebuino

March 15, 2014
Author: Nikolai K.

Gamebuino an Arduino based portable game-console was announced earlier this year. This board allows you to program every aspect of the creditcard-sized gameconsole. The board features an ATMega328, an 84x48 pixel monochrome display, one magnetic speaker, input arrows and A,B,C buttons and an included 240mAh LiPo battery that is said to give it 24 hours of battery life. Gamebuino files can be written and uploaded using the Arduino IDE. Files can be stored form an onboard micro-SD card slot and the Gamebuino can be charged and programmed over a micro-USB cable.

It is expected to cost 35€ (~$50 USD). The Indiegogo campaign for Gamebuino went live on March 12, 2014. See more information at Gamebuino.com or the Indiegogo Campaign here.

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Fresh Delivery of Texas Instruments Launchpads

March 6, 2014
Author: Nikolai K.

I ordered two Texas Instruments on Tuesday morning. The two boards were the MSP-EXP430G2 for $9.99 and the MSP430F5529 for $12.99. I received the boards Thursday in the afternoon and did not have to pay shipping. The MSP430F5529 came with the appropriate USB cable. The MSP-EXP430G2 came with the appropriate USB cable, two 10-pin female headers, one extra micro crystal (not sure where it goes) and a M430G2452 chip. I am quite impressed. Tutorials will be added shortly.
EDIT: First Tutorials are here.

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Edison Developers is Open for Viewing

February 22, 2014
Author: Nikolai K.

Edison Developers is dedicated towards expanding knowledge of microelectronics and single-board computers. I will be updating this site with information as I get and I will compile a list of tutorials that beginners to hobby electronics can use to further their own understanding and soften the blow of a steep learning curve. The logo is also a work in progress. If you have suggestions for a tutorial or would like to help expand this project, please contact me at edisondev[dot]net[at]gmail[dot]com

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