Volla Phone 22 runs Ubuntu Touch or a Google-free Android OS (Crowdfunding)

Volla Phone 22 Ubuntu Touch

Volla Phone 22 is a 6.3-inch smartphone powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 processor that focuses on privacy and runs either Ubuntu Touch from UBPorts, Volla OS Android fork without Google Play services or apps (YouTube,  Gmail, etc…), or others operating through a multi-boot. Hardware-wise, the Volla Phone 22 is a mid-range smartphone with 4GB RAM, 128GB storage, and it also comes with features not found on most recent smartphones including a user-replaceable battery, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a microSD card socket. Volla Phone 22 specifications: SoC – Mediatek Helio G85 octa-core processor with Arm Cortex-A75 cores @ up to 2.0 GHz, Cortex-A55 cores @ up to 1.8 GHz, Arm Mali-G52 MC2 GPU up to 1.0 GHz System Memory – 4GB RAM Storage – 128GB eMMC flash, microSD card socket Display – 6.3-inch Full HD display with 410 ppi pixel density. Audio – 3.5mm jack, built-in microphone and speaker […]

AnkerMake M5 3D printer comes with AI camera, prints at up to 300mm/s (Crowdfunding)

Anker is better known for its charger and power banks, but the company has now entered the 3D printer market with the AnkerMake M5 3D printer which is said to print five times faster and comes with an AI camera for monitoring the prints. Besides the up to 300mm/s printing speed, other highlights of the 3D printer include Google Assistant & Amazon Alexa voice assistant compatibility,  and easy assembly that requires 3 steps done in about 15 minutes. AnkerMake M5 3D printer specifications: SoC – Ingenic X2000 tri-core MIPS processor with 2x XBurst cores @ 1.2 GHz plus one XBurst0 core @ 240 MHz running Linux MCU – STM32F407 running Marlin firmware Print volume (L x W x H) – 235 × 235 × 250 mm Standard speed – 250 mm/s Speed range – 50 – 300 mm/s Acceleration speed – 2500 mm/s² X-axis movement – 42 – 40 stepper […]

PiSquare enables wireless Raspberry Pi HAT control though ESP8266 and RP2040 MCUs (Crowdfunding)

SB Components PiSquare is a board following the Raspberry Pi HAT form factor, and based on Raspberry Pi RP2040 microcontroller & ESP-12E Wireless module in order to control multiple Raspberry Pi HATs wirelessly without stacking them on their Raspberry Pi. The PiSquare uses Socket programming to control multiple Raspberry Pi HATs wirelessly, and for instance, you could connect multiple HATs with SPI or UART without the expansion boards conflicting with each other since the physical interface is handled by the Raspberry Pi RP2040 on each PiSquare connected over WiFi (ESP8266) to the Raspberry Pi SBC. PiSquare hardware specifications: MCU – Raspberry Pi RP2040 dual-core Cortex-M0+ microcontroller @ up to 133 MHz Storage – 16Mbit SPI flash Display – 0.91-inch OLED display Connectivity – 802.11b/g/n WiFi 4 via ESP-12 (ESP8266) module USB – 1x USB Type-C port 40-pin header and form factor compatible with the official Raspberry Pi HATs Power Supply […]

DingDian S3 – A Pocket-sized Intel Pentium N6000 mini PC (Crowdfunding)

DingDian S3 is an ultra-compact, pocket-sized mini PC powered by an Intel Pentium Silver N6000 Jasper Lake processor, and equipped with 16GB RAM, and up to 1TB SSD with two M.2 sockets for either SATA or NVMe storage. The mini PC also includes a 2.5GbE port, an Intel AX201 WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 M.2 module, a 4K-capable HDMI 2.0 port, four USB ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack. DingDian S3 specifications: SoC – Intel Pentium Silver N6000 quad-core Jasper Lake processor @ 1.10 GHz / 3.3 GHz (Turbo) with Intel UHD graphics 605; 6.5W TDP System Memory – 16GB LPDDR4 Storage – 128GB SATA SSD, 512GB or 1TB NVMe SSD Video Output 1x HDMI 2.0 port up to 4Kp60 1x DisplayPort Alt Mode via USB-C port up to 4Kp60 Audio – 3.5 audio jack, digital audio via HDMI Networking 2.5GbE via Intel i225 controller Dual-band 802.11b/g/n/ax WiFi 6 and […]

Beagle-Pi Emulator is a Raspberry Pi HAT adapter for BeagleBone Black (Crowdfunding)

We recently reported the Raspberry Pi boards were getting really expensive due to a lack of supply, and the problem has gone on for while without a clear idea when the issue will be resolved. This does not help Raspberry Pi HAT manufacturers, and for instance, Sequent Microsystems has made Raspberry Pi HATs over the years most models with multiple relays, but also others for temperature sensors, and others automation applications. One solution would be to use compatible boards like ODROID-C4 or Rock64, but Sequent Microsystems found out the BeagleBone Black Industrial was well-stocked by various distributors, and instead, they designed the “Beagle-Pi Emulator” adapter to use Raspberry Pi HAT on the Texas Instruments Sitara AM3358 board.   An adapter is needed because the BeagleBone Black boards are equipped with two 46-pin headers instead of the 40-pin header on Raspberry Pi SBC’s. The expansion board routes I2C, SPI, four serial […]

Creality CR-Scan Lizard 3D scanner works on black objects, offers up to 0.05 mm accuracy (Crowdfunding)

When we first looked at 3D scanners a few years ago, products that provided decent results were fairly expensive. But at the end of last year, we covered the Revopoint POP 2 color 3D scanner that appears to offer good scans at a relatively affordable (~$420) price point. Creality, more known for its 3D printers, has now introduced the CR-Scan Lizard 3D scanner with a similar or even lower pricing point, an accuracy of up to 0.05mm, support for scanning of dark/black objects, as well as an optional color kit to scan objects with full colors. Creality CR-Scan Lizard specifications: Accuracy – Up to 0.05 mm Single capture range/area – 200 x 100 mm Point distance – 0.1 to 0.2 mm Working distance – 150 to 400 mm Minimum scan volume – 15 x 15 x 15 mm Scan speed – Up to 10 fps Light source – LED + […]

Foldable, portable laser cutter & engraver comes with built-in fume filtration (Crowdfunding)

If you’d wish you could easily carry your laser engraver or cutter around, conveniently store it after use due to the limited space in your office, or/and dreamt of a built-in fume filtration system into your machine, Rendyr’s Optic may be what you are looking for. It is a foldable, portable laser cutter & engraver that still provides a large 18-inch x 12.2-inch work area (around 457 x 310mm), and also includes a built-in fume filtration system with replaceable multi-stage filter cartridges. Optic key features and specifications: Laser Dual-diode laser module with active cooling 15W output power (20W under test) Manual focus adjustment with 3-stage precision height gauge Focal Length: fixed, 0.78” (20mm) Beam Size: 10-100 microns Filtration system with easily exchangeable filters Optional exhaust module to replace the filter and using a shop vacuum to vent outside Work area Foldable 457 x 310mm cutting mat with an alignment grid […]

StackyPi – A Raspberry Pi RP2040 board with Raspberry Pi Zero form factor (Crowdfunding)

SB Components’ StackyPi is a development board based on Raspberry Pi RP2040 MCU that happens to follow the Raspberry Pi Zero form factor. The board is equipped with 8MB SPI flash for the firmware, a MicroSD card socket, a micro SB port, two buttons, and a 40-pin GPIO header that makes it compatible with some Raspberry Pi uHAT and HAT expansion boards. StackyPi specifications: MCU – Raspberry Pi RP2040 dual-core Cortex-M0+ microcontroller @ up to 133 MHz with 264KB SRAM Storage – 8MB (64Mbit) SPI flash, MicroSD card socket USB – 1x Micro USB port Expansion – 40-pin GPIO header with GPIO, I2C, UART, SPI, etc… mostly compatible with Raspberry Pi header (3.3V I/Os) Misc – Reset and Boot buttons Power Supply- 5V via Micro USB port Dimensions – 65 x 30 mm (Raspberry Pi Zero form factor) The main advantage of such as board is that it can support […]