IoT and embedded products 2019

This post is here to comments links and news on intetesting IoT and embedded systena products I see on news.

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Olimex Seeks Comment on Its New Open Hardware Allwinner-Powered IP Camera Board Design
    https://www.hackster.io/news/olimex-seeks-comment-on-its-new-open-hardware-allwinner-powered-ip-camera-board-design-5df52f533fe8

    Available under the CERN Open Hardware Licence, the design is up for comments ahead of routing and initial production.

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Voidbox Industries Brings Prototyping Into the Third Dimension with Hactus, the Hacker’s Cactus
    What do you get when you combine two custom-made perfboards with a concrete planter? An electronic cactus, of course
    https://www.hackster.io/news/voidbox-industries-brings-prototyping-into-the-third-dimension-with-hactus-the-hacker-s-cactus-a32c6c2ded51

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Open hardware specialist Olimex has unveiled a new single-board computer design, the STMP1-OLinuXino, based on the STMicroelectronics, Inc.’s ST32MP1 family and boasting mainline Linux support — as well as an impressively wide operating temperature range.

    Olimex Unveils STM32MP1-Based Open Hardware STMP1-OLinuXino Single-Board Computer
    https://www.hackster.io/news/olimex-unveils-stm32mp1-based-open-hardware-stmp1-olinuxino-single-board-computer-8107d1590f68?f91ceb5afe88b7ab6023892165de4033

    Offering Arm Cortex-A and Cortex-M4 processors, the new board shares its layout with the earlier LIME2.

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microchip Makes has announced an early access program for its PolarFire SoC family of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) — devices it is positioning as the first in the market to offer a hardened, real-time, Linux-compatible RISC-V microprocessor subsystem.

    Microchip Opens Early Access Program for RISC-V-Powered Linux-Compatible PolarFire SoC FPGA
    https://www.hackster.io/news/microchip-opens-early-access-program-for-risc-v-powered-linux-compatible-polarfire-soc-fpga-0aa207e3f80f

    “The industry’s first RISC-V based SoC FPGA,” as Microchip positions it, is now available to “qualified customers.”

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nodle, which is competing in the TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin Startup Battlefield this week, is based on a simple premise: What if you could crowdsource the connectivity of smart sensors by offloading it to smartphones? For most sensors, built-in cell connectivity is simply not a realistic option, given how much power it would take. A few years of battery life is quite realistic for a sensor that uses Bluetooth Low Energy.

    https://techcrunch.com/2019/12/11/nodle-crowdsources-iot-connectivity/

    https://nodle.io/nodle.io/

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    SiFive Launches Learn Inventor RISC-V Development Platform
    https://www.hackster.io/news/sifive-launches-learn-inventor-risc-v-development-platform-0472f3d2218a

    The SiFive Learn Inventor is a wireless RISC-V-based development kit inspired by the micro:bit.

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    This tiny robot lets you remotely and mechanically control all the buttons, switches, and toggles anywhere in your home via app and voice.

    Control Devices Remotely with Adaprox’s Fingerbot Robotic Actuator
    https://www.hackster.io/news/control-devices-remotely-with-adaprox-s-fingerbot-robotic-actuator-c11d6b274f2f

    This tiny robot lets you remotely and mechanically control all the buttons, switches, and toggles anywhere in your home via app and voice.

    While a majority of the smart devices and appliances currently on the market offer some form of connectivity and interaction, older versions are left stuck with manual control and without the possibility of smart home integration. Smart home technology developer Adaprox provides a solution for those devices without remote capabilities with the Fingerbot robotic actuator, which allows users to control them via voice or through the company’s app.

    https://www.adaprox.com.au/

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Give Your Board Some Brains, with the CircuitBrains Module From Kevin Neubauer
    https://www.hackster.io/news/give-your-board-some-brains-with-the-circuitbrains-module-from-kevin-neubauer-5f3a6e034af6

    Pack a punch into your next project with the CircuitBrains module from Keven Neubauer.

    running an interpreted language in an embedded scenario can take a little extra grunt, and that’s where the CircuitBrains module, designed by Kevin Neubauer, really shines.

    He’s taken the core components required to develop with CircuitPython, and boiled them down to a diminutive module, just shy of 30mm²! This postage stamp-sized module

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  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Get a Clue About the World with Adafruit’s New Board, the Clue
    https://www.hackster.io/news/get-a-clue-about-the-world-with-adafruit-s-new-board-the-clue-7901884a7a28

    The Clue packs seven sensor types into a micro:bit-compatible form factor. Here are some details from Adafruit’s preview of the new board

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    What a year for hardware!

    Raspberry Pi 4… Arduino Nano 33… Adafruit EdgeBadge… SparkFun Artemis… NVIDIA Jetson Nano… Teensy 4… the list goes on and on.

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Omer Kilic Unveils Open Hardware CC2652R SimpleLink-Powered Compact RF Dev Board: The Zig-a-Zig-Ah!
    https://www.hackster.io/news/omer-kilic-unveils-open-hardware-cc2652r-simplelink-powered-compact-rf-dev-board-the-zig-a-zig-ah-bab0fdb52f13

    Stick-format board ideal for Thread, Zigbee, Bluetooth 5 Low Energy, IEEE 802.15.4g, 6LoWPAN and proprietary protocol development.

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  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    EASE Is an EtherCAT-Equipped Arduino Shield
    EsmaCAT’s shield features EtherCAT communication capabilities to connect to the larger Arduino ecosystem.
    https://www.hackster.io/news/ease-is-an-ethercat-equipped-arduino-shield-fd6713d57282

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  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Cheap USB Host Microcontroller [CH559, ESP32, HID]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=po3FBdY0GS4

    The CH559 is a 8051 architecture based microcontroller that has built in dual USB Hosts. This allows to interface generic Keyboards, Mice, MIDI devices and in my case gamepads. I added this chip as an add on to my ESP32 based game console to replace the SNES controllers by cheap generic ones. The communications is handled over UART which can be done by both ends in hardware. There still is some work to do but you can try it out already. Have fun!

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  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Today at CES, Arduino launched the new Portenta H7 module designed for industrial and Internet of Things applications.

    https://www.hackster.io/news/the-new-arduino-portenta-5ae687010500

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  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    New Part Day: Sonoff USB Smart Adaptor Taps A New WiFi Chip
    https://hackaday.com/2019/12/26/new-part-day-sonoff-usb-smart-adaptor-taps-a-new-wifi-chip/

    For decades, we dreamt of a future where all of our electronics used a standardized power connector. Most of us probably didn’t expect that USB would ultimately fill that role, but we’ll take what we can get if it means a future without getting a new wall wart for every piece of tech we buy.

    Which makes it all the more surprising it took so long for somebody to come up with a way to toggle USB devices off and on over the network. The Sonoff “USB Smart Adaptor”, which the company says will start shipping before the end of the year, is the logical evolution of their exceptionally popular mains voltage smart switches. The Smart Adapter is designed to go between the device and its existing power supply, allowing the user to drag any USB powered device kicking and screaming into their existing smart home setup. All for the princely sum of $6.50 USD.

    Sonoff gives a few potential uses of the Smart Adapter: from controlling a string of LEDs to limiting how long a smartphone is allowed to charge for.
    But really, there’s a nearly limitless number of devices which could be easily and cheaply integrated into your home automation routines thanks to this gadget.

    Unfortunately, there’s a catch. Sonoff smart switches are best known, at least among the type of folks who read Hackaday, for the fact that they’re based on the eminently hackable ESP8266 microcontroller. Given the size of this product and its intended use, it would seem logical enough to assume this device also utilizes the insanely popular chip. But according to a Sonoff representative, the USB Smart Adapter won’t be using an ESP at all; leaving its hackability an open question until people can actually get their hands on them and start poking around.

    So if there’s not an ESP heart beating at the core of this device, what is there? Sonoff says the chip is called the CKW04, which is apparently so new that there’s very little information available about it online.

    SONOFF Micro – 5V Wireless USB Smart Adaptor
    Model: M0802010006
    https://www.itead.cc/sonoff-micro-5v-usb-smart-adaptor.html

    APP Remote Control – makes ordinary USB devices into smart

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  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The newly revealed Portenta H7 follows the MKR form factor, but enhanced with the Portenta family 80-pin high-density connector. This ensures scalability for a wide range of applications by simply upgrading your board to the one suiting your needs: http://bit.ly/37QCD3n

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  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Launching in three flavors, Silicon Labs’ latest Wireless Gecko Series 2 parts boast plenty of features at a low power draw.

    Silicon Labs Unveils BG22 Bluetooth 5.2 SoCs, Boasts of 10-Year Battery Life From a Button Cell
    https://www.hackster.io/news/silicon-labs-unveils-bg22-bluetooth-5-2-socs-boasts-of-10-year-battery-life-from-a-button-cell-df2852097c34

    Launching in three flavors, Silicon Labs’ latest Wireless Gecko Series 2 parts boast plenty of features at a low power draw.

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  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Coming pre-loaded with MicroPython, the price of Wemos’ W600-PICO could be one of the first viable competitors to the nearly ubiquitous ESP8266.

    A W600-Based Board Running MicroPython for Only $2?
    https://www.hackster.io/news/a-w600-based-board-running-micropython-for-only-2-bf4b3561f2ee

    We first met the WinnerMicro W600 back in late 2018 when Seeed Studio released their Air602 WiFi Module. Three more boards from Seeed followed, along with yet another board that used the Feather form factor. But none of them really let you get your hands dirty with the W600 directly.

    say “Hello” to the new W600-PICO from Wemos, which comes pre-loaded with a MicroPython firmware onboard. That makes it the first W600-based board I’ve come across that gives us full access to this rather intriguing chip.

    https://m.aliexpress.com/item/4000314757449.html?trace=wwwdetail2mobilesitedetail

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  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Snekboard is an open source board that allows you to build CircuitPython-controlled robots using LEGO Power Functions motors and switches.

    https://www.hackster.io/news/program-lego-robots-in-python-with-snekboard-92eae95f9114

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