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The Adidas GMR (pronounced Gamer) The new Adidas GMR tracking insole is connected to EA Sports FIFA Mobile for smartphone access and data gathering and uses Google’s Jacquard technology for touch-sensitive clothing. Past Shoes for Movement Tracking An athletic shoe that tracks steps was reported on in by CNX Software in the past, in the Xiaomi 90 Minutes Ultra Smart Running Shoe article. A Little About Project Jacquard Jacquard Technology which had been focused on touch-sensitive clothing is where a small device is woven into the item, like in the Levi Trucker Jacket. The tag tracks physical attributes and movements. Jacquard Technology was introduced by Google in 2015 and has been focused on expanding into other areas besides clothing. The tag is accessed through Bluetooth and can record a variety of motion, impact, and other physical aspects of life. The relay in the tag helps the app record the data and sort it in multiple ways. Simple To Use The […]
Google Coral Development Board Camera Series e-Con Systems has announced a camera series that can be used with the Google Coral Development board. There are two models: e-CAM50 CUCRL is a 5.0 MP MIPI CSI-2 camera and e-CAM30 CUCRL is a 3.4 MP MIPI CSI-2 camera. Both Have Features In Common Both support a variety of resolutions and were developed for AI devices. The cameras are color and fixed focus and can be connected directly to the Coral Development Board through P1 and J15 camera connector. Background on Google Coral Development Board The Google Coral Development board was reported on extensively since its release in 2019. Two articles for the Coral Development Board and its most recent addons are the Google Coral Development Board announcement and the Coral Development Board’s latest mPCIe and M.2 cards. Jetson Nano and Rock960 SBC’s Cameras e-Con Systems previously made cameras for other SBC’s including NVIDIA Jetson TX1/TX2 cameras and cameras for Rockhip RK3399 based […]
OnLogic Announces Shipping of 2 New Mini-PCs OnLogic has just announced the availability of two AMD Ryzen Embedded powered mini PCs designed for industrial uses. The ML100G-40 is a fanless industrial mini PC, while the MC510-40 is an actively cooled mini PC Overview The ML100-40 has the option of having either a Ryzen Embedded R1505G or a V1605B, and comes with 3 video output ports and dual LAN ports. The system is equipped with 4 GB RAM, 32 GB M.2 SSD by default, and offers a wide range of I/O ports on the rear panel. The MC510-40 is a low-profile fanned industrial Mini-ITX carrying an AMD Ryzen Embedded V1605B processor, with Radeon Vega 8 GPU. The actively cooled Mini-PC has 4 ports for independent displays, M.2 storage, and max 32 GB memory. ML100-40 Specifications and Base Price Ryzen Embedded R1505G $565.00 Ryzen Embedded V1605B $685.00 The ML100-40 can be fitted with a dual-core AMD Ryzen Embedded R1505G or the more […]
The Cosmo Communicator The Cosmo Communicator was released as a crowdfunded handheld device mixing smartphone and a small laptop features such as keyboard and display. It was launched in late 2019 and ran Google Android. Didn’t Ship with Linux Support The original units were shipped and fulfilled the requirements of the crowdfunding campaign, but still were missing something the company had wanted to provide: support for Linux. Debian Linux Support This is now fixed as Planet Computers, the company that makes Cosmo Communicator, just released a version of Debian Linux, that can be installed on the system, with the tools that the company has provided for free on its website. Other Linux Phones There has been some movement in the world of Linux Phones, with the advent of the Purism Librem 5 and the Pine64 PinePhone using the familiar touchscreen interface found in the vast majority of smartphones. Quick Basics The system is equipped with a MediaTek Helio P70, 6 […]
PX-HER0 ARM Cortex Development Board and Ecosystem Piconomix is offering an embedded Arm Cortex-M0 development board that is aimed at the education, beginner maker, and enthusiast crowd. The PX-HER0 is a development board with an ecosystem of sourcing materials for learning the entire ARM structure through an open-source C library and full documentation. The Basics of the Board The PX-HER0 is a low-power board, running an STM32 MCU with an Arm Cortex-M0 core. There is an LCD Display, that is viewable even in direct sunlight, and the entire package is lightweight and very functional. Mass Storage To activate the bootloader, a double-tap of the RESET button, and the mass storage drive HERO-BOOT appears in the host computer. Drag and Drop are active and the UF2 file can be dragged right to the drive. The Ecosystem The ecosystem for the PX-HER0 is backed by an extensive C Library and documentation on GitHub Piconomix repo. There is an Arduino tutorial for […]
The PicoCore MX8MN Nano carries the NXP i.MX 8M Nano F&S Elektronik Systeme has announced the development of the smallest i.MX 8M based CoM yet: the PicoCore MX8MN Nano. Previously we had reported on the Congatec Conga-SMX8 Nano which was a fairly small CoM compliant with SMARC 2.0 standard. The PicoCore MX8MN is based on the NXP i.MX 8M Nano CPU with 1 to 4 Arm Cortex-A53 cores and a Cortex-M7 real-time core. The Nano is set to carry up to 8GB RAM and 32 GB eMMC, with optional WiFI/BT and support for -40º C to 85º C temperature ranges. Similar to Predecessor The PicoCore MX8MN Nano is very similar in structure to the PicoCore MX8MM Mini CoM, but with a different i.MX 8M Mini processor featuring the same Arm Cortex-A53 cores, but the Cortex M4 real-time core is changed to a more powerful Cortex-M7 core in the MX8MN Nano. The MX8MN Nano has no photo on the product page […]
MicroSys Announces Automotive miriac SBC S32G274A Dev Kit MicroSys is showcasing its latest automotive and industrial SBC & development kit, the Miriac SBC-S32G274A, powered by NXP S32G Quad-core Cortex-A53 vehicle network processor. The development kit runs Linux and is aimed at the automotive industry. The Components of the SBC The miriac SBC-S32G274A was developed specifically with the NXP’s S32G274A Vehicle Network Processor for automotive connectivity. A SoM, the MXP S32G274A, is mounted almost at the center of the carrier board and comes with the purchase. High-speed interfaces include: 2x Flexray 4x LIN 16x CAN 2x CAN FD The NXP S32G Safe and Secure Vehicle Network Processor Made for high-speed calculations and communication, the miriac SBC is built on the NXP’s S32G Arm Cortex-A53 Safe and Secure Vehicle Network Processor. Introduced at CES 2020 earlier this year, the NXP S32G processor is designed with security and functionality in mind. Utilizing ASIL D Saftey, hardware security, high-performance real-time and application processing, the […]
Boardcon Announces the Idea3288 SBC Boardcon Idea3288 targets the commercial market with a variety of applications for its latest SBC, utilizing a Rockchip 3288 CPU module. The company says the Idea3288 is customizable for whatever commercial application that can be had, such as digital displays, vending machines, intelligent POS, automotive, IoT, and even access control systems. Idea SoC RK3288 and Interfaces The SBC is comprised of a Rockchip RK3288 quad-core Arm Cortex A17 processor with a Mali-T764 GPU, 2GB RAM, and 8GB eMMC flash. The interfaces include GbE, mDP, HDMI, 3x USB2.0 Host ports, one USB OTG port, audio, battery, MIPI DSI/CSI, UARTs, RS485, CAN, POE, Micro SD, PCI-e (for 4G modem), M.2 slot (for SSD), SIM slot, and more. The SBC is made up of a carrier board and a CPU module The SBC runs Android 7.1.2 operating system and is built to handle 4K video playback. The Idea3288 includes CM3288 CPU module fitted with RK3288 SoC that is […]
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