Embedded Systems News

IoT board looks like Arduino, feels like Raspberry Pi

An Arduino-based wireless module which runs Android and Linux is the latest IoT embedded development product to get backing on the Kickstarter crowd-funding website. According to Boston-based developer UDOO, the Neo board combines the features of Arduino and Raspberry Pi and so can be programmed in any…

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Raspberry Pi gets solar-powered design kit

A couple of developers have come up with a way of designing Raspberry Pi into portable, battery-powered systems. Maybe this is where Raspberry Pi meets the internet of things, we are not sure, but the project has certainly been a huge success on the Kickstarter crowd-funding website. Called…

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Onion pitches MIPS universal cloud-to-hardware interface

Aiming at programmers who want to interface to the real world, Toronto-based Onion has created a tiny MIPS-based Linux cloud-to-hardware development board, and made it the subject of a Kickstarter project.  The firm has an interesting pitch. Called Omega, the PCB is tiny, with on-board…

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Raspberry Pi goes retro gaming

Raspberry Pi continues to inspire young developers of embedded systems products. One games enthusiast has used a Raspberry Pi to create a pocket-sized games console. Dubbed the MicroPi : Play, it is the work of developer and retro games enthusiast Tarsem Dhillon, who decided the micro sized Linux board would…

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Raspberry Pi gets e-paper display driver board

Raspberry Pi can now drive an e-paper display with an add-on board designed by a Cambridge-based developer. The board, which meets the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s HAT specification, including device tree configuration of the required GPIO pins by the HAT EEPROM, is the work of Percheron Electronics…

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Peratech presses button for touch expansion

A touch screen controller which measures both the amount of pressure applied to a touch keypad as  well as position is being demonstrated by Peratech at the Hannover Messe 2015 this week. The demonstration uses a keyboard sensor with the Yorkshire-based firm’s Opaque QTC force-sensing technology to…

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CodeBug teaches coding to beginners

CodeBug is a programmable wearable for teaching coding and ‘physical computing’ (interfacing computers to the real world) to beginners. It comes from team lead by Dr Andrew Robinson, the man behind PiFace interface boards for Raspberry Pi, and is the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. Small enough to fit in…

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Most efficient Cortex-M, officially

Atmel’s SAM L21 microcontroller has scored 185 on the EEMBC ULPBench test, making it the most energy efficient ARM Cortex-M processor implementation yet measured. The microcontroller is based in ARM’s smallest Cortex-M series core, the Cortex-M0+. This is a good time for low-power processors…

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