AIO Robotics Zeus 3D Printer, Scanner, and Editor Allows You to Print and Copy 3D Objects Without a PC

April 26th, 2017 1 comment

The 3D printer maket is brutal. Many people have tried to designed their own 3D printer, and launch them through crowdfunding campaigns, but the rate is failure is very high, and some cases, scams are also reported. When I covered BlackSmith Genesis 3D Printer, Scanner and Copier in 2015,  I was hopefully it would become successful, as it solves one the main problem with 3D printing: the high skill sets required to operate the device as it would just operate as a 3D copier. Place the object inside the 3D printer, press copy, and a few minutes or hours later, you get a copy of the object without having to learn about 3D design or G-code format. But today, I noticed the website account at expired, and the 3D copier was nowhere to be found, so it looks like another failure. Around the same time in 2015, another company called AIO Robotics launched Zeus 3D printer, scanner and editor, and…

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Categories: Hardware Tags: 3d printing

NanoPi NEO Boards Get a New Arduino UNO Compatible Dock to Play with Arduino Shields

April 26th, 2017 1 comment

FriendlyELEC has launched a new accessory board for their NanoPi NEO / NEO 2 / NEO Air boards with UNO Dock V2.0 board compatible with Arduino UNO board thanks to its Microchip ATMeaga328P MCU and compatible headers, and also equipped with headers to plug a NanoPi NEO board. Key features for UNO Dock v2.0 for NanoPi NEO: MCU – Microchip ATmega328 8-bit AVR  MCU @ 16 MHz with 2KB SRAM, 32KB flash, 1024 bytes EEPROM USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports connected to NEO board Expansion Arduino UNO headers for shields Female headers to insert the NanoPi NEO board Male headers to access NanoPi NEO boards’ IOs Debugging & Programming – 1x micro USB port (USB to UART), ICSP header, NEO debug UART header Misc – Power on/off, reset button, UART select jumper Power Supply – 12V DC via 2.1mm power barrel   The system would be great if NanoPi NEO boards actually had an HDMI output port, as it…

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96Boards Compliant HiKey 960 ARM Cortex A73 Development Board is Now Available for $239

April 26th, 2017 11 comments

The most powerful 96boards development board – HiKey 960 – has finally been launched, and can be purchased for $239 on Aliexpress, Amazon US, Switch Sense (Japan), Seeed Studio, or All Net (Germany). HiKey 960 specifications have not changed much since we found out about the board: SoC – Kirin 960 octa-core big.LITTLE processor with 4x ARM Cortex A73 cores @ up to 2.4 GHz, 4x Cortex A53 cores @ up to 1.8 GHz, and a Mali-G71 MP8 GPU System Memory – 3GB LPDDR4 SDRAM (PoP) Storage – 32GB UFS 2.1 flash storage + micro SD card slot Video Output / Display Interface – 1 x HDMI 1.2a up to 1080p, 1x 4-lane MIPI DSI connector Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 with on-board antennas USB – 2x USB 3.0 type A host ports, 1x USB 2.0 type C OTG port Camera – 1x 4-lane MIPI CSI, 1x 2-lane MIPI CSI Expansion PCIe Gen2 on M.2…

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$14 LinkIt 7697 Bluetooth 4.2 LE and WiFi IoT Board is Powered by Mediatek MT7697 ARM Cortex-M4 MCU

April 26th, 2017 2 comments

Mediatek Labs has launched a new IoT development, which on the surface looks similar to LinkIt Smart 7688 board, but the internal design is quite different as the MIPS processor and Linux OS, have been replaced by Mediatek MT7697 ARM Cortex-M4 processor running FreeRTOS, and beside WiFi, also includes support for Bluetooth 4.2 LE. LinkIt 7697 board specifications: Wireless SoC – Mediatek MT7697 ARM Cortex M4F MCU @ 192 MHz with 352KB RAM, 4MB flash, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2 LE and a PMU Expansion – 2x 14-pin header with 18x GPIO, 2x UART, 1x I2C, 1x SPI, 18x PWM, 4x EINT, 4x ADC (0 to 2.5V), 1x IrDA, 1x I2S Debugging – 1x SWD, CP2102 UART to USB chipset Misc – Reset and user buttons; power and user LEDs Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port Dimensions – 48 x 26 mm The board can be programmed with the Arduino IDE, or if you need more control LinkIt…

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SDMC DV8230-AP LTE is an Android 7.0 TV Box with a 4G LTE Router Module

April 25th, 2017 No comments

Shenzhen SDMC Technology launched DV8219-LTE Android TV box with 4G modem powered by Amlogic S905X processor a while ago, and the company is back with a new model called DV8230-AP LTE with the same processor, but running Android 7.0, and what they call a “4G LTE router function”. SDMC DV8230-AP LTE specifications: SoC – Amlogic S905X quad core Cortex A53 processor @ up to 1.5 GHz with a Mali-450MP GPU System Memory – 2GB DDR3 RAM Storage – 8GB eMMC flash (4 to 64GB as option) + micro SD card slot Video Output – HDMI 2.0a, 3.5mm AV port Audio Output – HDMI, AV, optical S/PDIF Connectivity 10/100M Ethernet port 802.11 b/g/n WiFi (Dual band optional) Optional Bluetooth 4.0 Built-in 4G Module + SIM card slot 2x dBi external antennas USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports Misc – IR receiver; LEDs; standby key; reset button; WPS button Power Supply – 5V/2A Dimensions – 120 x 120 x 28 mm Temperature…

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ARM Introduces Mali-C71 ISP (Image Signal Processor) for Automotive Applications

April 25th, 2017 No comments

A camera in an embedded system is normally connected to an ISP (image signal processing) block inside an SoC to handle the data coming from the sensor, and with recent cars now requiring more and more cameras for car DVRs, car parking systems, and self-driving vehicles, ARM has now unveiled Mali-C71 ISP specifically designed for automotive applications with support for 4 real-time cameras and 16 camera streams with a single pipeline. ARM explains that you can’t simply use smartphone cameras in automobile, as automotive requirements in terms of clarity and reliability are much more stringent. For example, Mali-C71 supports UWDR (Ultra-wide dynamic range) up to 24 stops, against 15 stops for the best DSLR cameras, which removes noise and process multiple exposures from the camera, and allows the processor/computer vision engine to detect objects such as a pedestrian, while others systems may not detect it. The image is also much clearer to the driver when displayed on a rearview mirror…

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Categories: Hardware Tags: arm, atuomotive, camera, hdr

Flint OS is a Chromium OS Build for Raspberry Pi & Firefly-RK3288 Boards

April 25th, 2017 4 comments

Chromium OS for SBC aimed to bring Chromium operating systems to low cost development boards such as the Raspberry Pi 3 board, but the website is now down, and the developer announced he had stopped working on it several months ago due the hardware limitations of the Raspberry Pi 3 board. But others decided it was still worth the effort, and created Flint Innovation company (based in UK/China) to develop Flint OS, a build of Chromium OS with optimizations for Raspberry Pi 3 and Firefly-RK3288 boards with more boards likely coming soon. The developers also provide an x86 image, but after asking more details, it turns out they only changed the boot splash screen for now on the x86 image, with most of the early work done on Raspberry Pi board: At this moment our public Flint OS releases are still pretty much vanilla Chromium OS (we changed the boot splash screen). Our efforts so far have been focused on…

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SolidRun MACCHIATOBin Mini-ITX Networking Board is Now Available for $349 and Up

April 24th, 2017 28 comments

SolidRun MACCHIATOBin is a mini-ITX board powered by Marvell ARMADA 8040 quad core Cortex A72 processor @ up to 2.0 GHz and designed for networking and storage applications thanks to 10 Gbps, 2.5 Gbps, and 1 Gbps Ethernet interfaces, as well as three SATA port. The company is now taking order for the board (FCC waiver required) with price starting at $349 with 4GB RAM. MACCHIATOBin board specifications: SoC – ARMADA 8040 (88F8040) quad core Cortex A72 processor @ up to 2.0 GHz with accelerators (packet processor, security engine, DMA engines, XOR engines for RAID 5/6) System Memory – 1x DDR4 DIMM with optional ECC and single/dual chip select support; up to 16GB RAM Storage – 3x SATA 3.0 port, micro SD slot, SPI flash, eMMC flash Connectivity – 2x 10Gbps Ethernet via copper or SFP, 2.5Gbps via SFP,  1x Gigabit Ethernet via copper Expansion – 1x PCIe-x4 3.0 slot, Marvell TDM module header USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x…

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