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$98 Geek Force Mediatek MT7623 Router Board Features 6 GbE Ports, 3 mPCIe Slots for WiFi, 3G, or LTE (Crowdfunding)

February 8th, 2016 11 comments

We’ve seen a few interesting and relatively powerful router board launched last year, with the likes of MQMaker WiTi or Turris Omnia, AsiaRF has now designed Geek Force board powered by Mediatek MT7623N/MT7623A quad core network processor combined with 2GB RAM, six Gigabit Ethernet ports, and optional 802.11ac and 3G connectivity via the three mPCIe slots available on the board. The board also features two HDMI ports, and supports multimedia capabilities such as H.264, MPEG-2, or VC-1 hardware video decoding.

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Geek Force board preliminary specifications:

  • SoC – MediaTek MT7623A or MT7623N quad-core ARM Cotex-A7 @ 1.3GHz with Mali-450MP GPU (MT7623N only)
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 2GB eMMC or NAND Flash + SD card slot up to 128 GB, and maybe SATA via the mPCIe slots
  • Connectivity – 6 Gigabit Ethernet ports (WAN / LAN behavior defined by firmware), 802.11 b/g/n WiFi & Bluetooth 4.0 via MT6625L with IPEX antenna connector for WiFi and Bluetooth, and optional 802.11ac WiFi and/or 3G via mPCIe slots.
  • Video – 2x HDMI, 1x RCA video, MIPI DSI
  • Audio – HDMI, and optical S/PDIF input and output ports
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Expansion
    • 3x mini PCIe
    • 26-pin “Raspberry Pi” header,
    • 10-pin PCM header
    • 10-pin SPI0 header
    • 6-pin Apple Auth CP (I2C) connector
    • 10-pin I2C + I2S header
    • Power header
  • Debugging – 1x 20-pin JTAG connector, 4-pin UART1 connector for serial console
  • Misc – IR receiver, power switch, 1x user switch
  • Power – 12V
  • Dimensions – N/A

The board will support OpenWrt, Android, and Ubuntu Snappy operating systems, likely on top of Linux 3.10 kernel. The SoC also features hardware NAT, hardware QoS, and hard crypto engine, which should all be supported by the board. While the specs indicates either MT7623A or M7623N processor might be used, the pictures shows MT7623N used in combination with MT7530B Ethernet switch. MT7623A embeds the Ethernet switch on-chip, but lacks a GPU, and has less video interfaces.

Geek_Force_Board_BottomApart from the specifications however, the company has not shared much technical information so far, not shown any demos, but I’ve been told a video should come after Chinese New Year holidays. Some parts of the specs are also unclear, for example whether the video interfaces are only output, or if some are input, and it’s not 100% clear the mPCIe slots also support SATA.Potential applications include Internet router, enterprise access point, home security system, home automation gateway, NAS, switch control processor, etc…

AsiaRF has launched a flexible funding Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for production. A $98 pledge should get you a Geek Force board with a power adapter and a “pigtail plus” antenna. There are also various other rewards for 802.11ac, 3G or 4G LTE mini PCie cards add-ons, up to $192 for a Geek Force board with 4G LTE worldwide, and 802.11ac WiFi. Shipping added $30 to the destinations I tried, and delivery is scheduled for June 2016.

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Winsat V8 Angel Android Set-top Box Supports Satellite, Terrestrial and Cable Television

February 6th, 2016 3 comments

A few years ago, there were only a few Android TV boxes with digital TV tuners, but in the last year, more and more models have been coming to market. Winsat, aka Yuwhua Technology Limited, has been making satellite, terrestrial, and cable TV receivers for several years, but their latest V8 Angel model runs Android 4.4, and supports DVB-S2, DVB-T2 and DVB-C.

Winsat_V8_AngelThe company has not provided a complete list of specifications, and the processor, memory and storage are unspecified, but here’s what we do know:

  • Video Output – HDMI and AV
  • Audio Output – HDMI, AV, and optical S/PDIF
  • Tuners – DVB-S2, DVB-T2, and DVB-C support via LNB IN and RF IN antenna connectors
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, Bluetooth, and WiFi
  • USB – 2x USB host ports
  • Misc – Mechanical power switch, frontal panel LCD display
  • Power Supply – 12V
  • Dimensions – 156 x 92 x 26 mm

The device runs Android 4.4.2, and supports IPTV & VOD. The company seems to have designed their own Android launcher, and DVB apps.

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The package should include the receiver, a remote control, a power supply, an HDMI Cable, and a user’s manual. The company claims the box supports PowerVU conditional access system (CAS), Cccam, and Bisskey.

Since the company operates three websites, information is all over the places. There’s a totally useless product page on Yuwhua, a little more info on Freesat.cn, and page where you can purchase V8 Angel on Winsat for $60 + shipping, as well as an Alibaba page. Some “instructions” are available on the download page.

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ProView S3 Affordable 3-Axis Smartphone Stabilizer Helps Shooting Better Videos (Crowdfunding)

February 5th, 2016 No comments

Smartphone stabilizers (aka gimbals) for smartphones allow you take much better videos while on the move, as they smooth the shaking that occurs when you walk, run, or bike. Stabilizers are currently available, such as KumbaCam or other white brand stabilizers, are sold for $250 to $400, but Navin, a Taiwanese company, has designed a cheap video stabilizer for smartphones with ProView S3 that starts at $125 + shipping via Indiegogo.

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ProView S3 3-axis stabilizer can handle larger size smartphones, features orientation sensors, precision motors, and stabilization algorithms to provide smooth video recording.

Some of ProView S3 specifications and features include:

  • Adjustable mount from 67mm to 78 mm width
  • Wind resistant thanks to algorithms and mechanical design
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless firmware updates
  • Dual IMU sensors with tilt, roll, and pan motors.
  • Underslung shot- You can take videos upside down too…
  • 4 operational modes – Full Lock (no motor active), follow pan (pan motor active), follow tilt (tilt motor active), or full follow ()pan and tilt motors actives)
  • Single joystick for control: On/Off, mode switching, angle control.

The best way to see how well this works are video samples. They shot videos while running with two smartphones, one without the stabilizer (first video), an one with ProView S3 (second video) that the difference is clear. The second video reminds me of first person shooting games.


The crowdfunding campaign has a fixed $300,000 funding targer, so the project will only go ahead if they reach that amount. Only the first 500 gimbals (battery and charger included) are listed for $125, with the price going up as more rewards are claimed up to $160. Shipping is not included and varies from $5 (Taiwan) to between $25 and $75 to the rest of the world for the few countries I checked. Delivery is scheduled for July 2016. Beside the Indiegogo page, you can also ask questions on the company’s Facebook or Twitter pages.

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Maoxiaoer Bluetooth Smart Fishing Float Works with Android and iOS Devices

February 4th, 2016 2 comments

I used to go fishing a lot when I was a kid, and if in the future I go fishing again, I’d probably just leave the phone at home to enjoy with nature. But if you tend to fall asleep while fishing, or like to fish at night, Maoxiaoer smart fishing float will alert your smartphone over Bluetooth once you get a catch, and its LED will blink.

Bluetooth_Smart_Fishing_FloatFrom the outside it jsut looks like a normal blue fishing float made of balsa, but it takes two CR425 batteries  to power LEDs and Bluetooth connectivity. The sensitivity of the float’s alarm as well as LED intensity is controlled by an app that runs on Android or iOS.

Here are some of the fishing float specifications:

  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0 up to 15 meters
  • Sensitivity – 12 levels
  • Battery life – 8 hours
  • Color – White, black, gold
  • Dimensions – Float foot: 80 mm, float body: 160 mm, float tail: 170 mm
  • Weight – 2.5 grams

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I could not find the exact same app as shown above, but the Smart Float app for Android looks quite similar.

I first found the float on DealExtreme for $52.91, but Aliexpress and GearBest are also selling it for respectively $35.99 and $39.99.

 

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Categories: Android, Hardware Tags: Android, bluetooth

FriendlyARM NanoPC-T2 Board Gets More Storage, WiFi & Bluetooth, Stays Cool, and Costs Less

February 4th, 2016 5 comments

FriendlyARM NanoPC-T1 board powered by Samsung Exynos 4412 processor with 1GB RAM and 4GB eMMC flash was unveiled at the start of 2014 for $69. The company has now announced NanoPC-T2 with Samsung S5P4418 processor with 1GB RAM, and 8GB Flash, as well as WiFi and Bluetooth, as Gigabit Ethernet all of which were missing in the first version. NanoPC-T2 also has a power management chip, and a larger heatsink, meaning that it does not suffer from overheating like NanoPi2 according to FriendlyARM.

NanoPC-T2NanoPC-T2 specifications:

  • SoC – Samsung S5P4418 quad core Cortex A9 processor @ up to 1.4GHz with Mali-400MP GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB 32bit DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash, and 1x SD card slot (on the bottom of the board)
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth LE 4.0 (Ampak AP6212) with on-board chip antenna and 1x IPX antenna connector
  • Video Output / Display I/F- 1x HDMI 1.4a, LVDS, MIPI DSI, 0.5 mm pitch SMT FPC seat for type-A full-color LCD (RGB: 8-8-8)
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack, 1x on-board microphone
  • Camera – 1x DVP interface, 1x MIPI CSI interface
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 type A host ports; 1x micro USB 2.0 OTG port; 2x USB 2.0 host port via 8-pin header
  • Expansions Headers – 30-pin header for GPIO, 8-pin header for power signals, reset and LED 1-2
  • Debugging – 4-pin header for serial console
  • Misc – Power switch, 1x power & 2x user LEDs, RTC battery header, boot selection button (SD card / eMMC)
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A via power barrel; AXP228 PMIC
  • Dimension – 100 x 60 mm (6-layer PCB)
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The board can run Debian and Android from either anSD card or eMMC flash using the boot selection button. The Wiki page is currently empty, but should eventually have all the technical details needed to get started and more.

NanoPC-T2 board will launch on February 28, 2016 for $59 + shipping on FriendlyARM shop. Individuals based in South and North America will instead be able to purchase it from Andahammer.

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Olimex H3-OLinuXino-NANO is a Smaller Allwinner H3 Board with HDMI, Ethernet, and Many I/Os

February 4th, 2016 7 comments

Allwinner H3 processor is quite popular in development boards thanks to some of Shenzhen Xunlong’s Orange Pi boards such as Orange Pi PC or Orange Pi One. However, some specific features may not work 0ut of the box, or are undocumented, so it’s always a plus when more companies create boards for a platform, and that’s exactly what Olimex has done with H3-OlinuXino-NANO, a board that’s smaller than any Orange Pi boards, the first open source hardware Allwinner H3 board on the market, and featuring many more I/O pins available.

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Olimex H3-OlinuXino-NANO specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner H3 quad core Cortex-A7 processor @ 1.2 GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 512MB of DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – micro SD card slot
  • Video Output- HDMI up to 1080p60
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet
  • USB – 2x USB host ports + 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Expansion – Optional 2x 40-pin headers with GPIOs, I2C, SPI, etc…
  • Debugging – UART console
  • Misc – 4x user buttons, 4x mounting holes
  • Power Supply – 5V via micro USB OTG port
  • Dimensions – 50×50 mm (6-layer PCB)
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The board above actually comes after the larger H3-OLinuXino board with 1GB memory, but as the first prototypes would overheat,  it looks like the NANO version may be released first. Eagle schematics and PCB layout are will soon be available on github. The board will support Linux distributions and Android, and can be used as a general purpose Linux computer, a digital signage, a low cost IoT gateway, an Android TV box, for education and so on.

Testing is still in progress, and price and release date are unknown at this stage, but the company said H3-OLinuXino-NANO will be cheaper than A10-OlinuXino-LIME board selling for 30 Euros.

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Hardkernel ODROID-C2 64-Bit ARM Development Board to Sell for $40 Next Month

February 3rd, 2016 51 comments

We previously knew ODROID-C2 was in development thanks to a document and source code from Amlogic themselves. We did not have the full details at the time, and Amlogic’s document even got the RAM capacity wrong. Hardkernel has finally announced ODROID-C2 development board based on Amlogic S905 will be selling on March 2016 for $40, and released specifications and some photos.

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ODROID-C2 specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S905 quad core cortex-A53 processor with 3+2 cores Mali-450 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Storage – eMMC module socket with 8, 16, 32, or 64GB module by Toshiba or Sandisk + micro SD slot supporting UHS-1 SD cards.
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek RTL8211F)
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports + micro USB OTG port
  • Expansion Header
    • 40-pin header with GPIO, I2C, UART, and ADC ; All I/Os are 3.3V, except ADC that is limited to 1.8V.
    • I2S interface
  • Debugging – Serial console port (3.3V)
  • Misc – Status & power LEDs, IR receiver, boot selector, power jumper
  • Power Supply –  5V/2A DC input via 0.8mm/2.5mm power barrel, or micro USB port (selectable via jumper)
  • Power Consumption – Less than 500mA in most cases, and up to 2A with USB peripherals
  • Dimensions – 85 x 56mm (Same as ODROID-C1+)

ODROID-C2_BoardThe board will ship with a heatsink covering most of the board, and the company will provide Ubuntu 16.04 and Android 5.1 Lollipop images and source code based on Linux kernel 3.14 LTS. Beside having the same dimensions as ODROID-C1+, the board layout look identical to me so any enclosure and accessories for the 32-bit board should probably be mechanically and electrically compatible with ODROID-C2, except if you need an SPI interface or the internal RTC both of which are lacking on Amlogic S905.

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You can already find some hardware and software documentation on ODROID-C2 wiki, as well as the Android 5.1.1 firmware image.

ODROID-C2 board production will start on February 15, 2016, you’ll be able to purchase the board on March 2, 2016 for US$40 + shipping fees, and actual shipping is scheduled for March 4, 2016.

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Gladius GT-500 Rugged Android Smartphone Features a Built-in Barcode Reader, LTE Connectivity

February 3rd, 2016 4 comments

ARBOR technology has introduced Gladius GT-500 “5” Rugged Android Handheld Device” running Android 5.1 on MediaTek MT6735 quad core processor, with LTE connectivity, IP67 rated, and featuring a build-in 1D/2D barcode reader with physical trigger buttons.

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Gladius GT-500 smartphone specifications:

  • SoC – Mediatek MT6735 quad core Cortex A53 processor @ 1.3 GHz with ARM Mali-T720 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB LPDDR2
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash + 1x micro SD slot up to 32GB
  • Display – 5″ TFTP LCD; 1280×720 resolution; 5-point glove-friendly projector capacitive touch screen; 400 cd/m2 brightness
  • Cellular Connectivity
    • 2G GSM/GPRS/EDGE (Band 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900)
    • 3G WCDMA (Band 1,2,5,8)
    • 3G CDMA2000 (BC0/BC1)
    • 4G FDD+TDD (Band 1,3,5,7,8,20,38,39,40,41)
    • 4G DRX (Band 1,3,5,7,8,20,38,39,40,41)
    • SIM Sockets – 1 x micro-SIM (3FF) socket supporting 2G/3G/LTE; 1 x micro-SIM (3FF) socket supporting 2G only
  • Other Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 (BLE, HS compliant), NFC, and GPS/GNSS/Beidou
  • Camera – 13MP rear camera with auto-focus & flashlight, 2.0MP front-facing camera
  • Audio – 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone and speaker, FM radio
  • USB – 1x micro USB 2.0 OTG port
  • Sensors – Gyroscope, barometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, magnetometer (M-Sensor/E-Compass), accelerometer (G-sensor)
  • Misc – Optional 1D/2D barcode reader with physical trigger buttons
  • Battery – 4,800 mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable and customer replaceable battery
  • Dimensions – 85 x 165.8 x 23.1 mm
  • Weight – < 385 grams with battery
  • IP Rating – IP67, up to 1.5m drop resistance
  • Temperature Range – Operating: -10°C ~ 50°C; Storage: -20°C ~ 60°C
  • Relative Humidity – 5~95%

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It ships with a micro USB port, a pre-installed battery, and a user’s manual by default, and a universal 5Vpower adapter, a hand strap, a 4-in-1 battery charger, and a desktop cradle are available as options. Two models are available: Gladius GT-500 without barcode reader, and GT-500-2D with the barcode scanner. The handheld device targets “mission-critical” applications in logistics, retail and public safety sectors.

ARBO Gladius GT-500 appears to be available now at an undisclosed price. Check out the product page for a few more details.

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