Hardware

Arduino Uno open-source prototyping board comes to market

A starter kit for the Arduino Uno open-source prototyping board which can be used by professional embedded system engineers and students is available from RS Components, writes Richard Wilson. The kit contains the components required to start programming with the Arduino Uno board along with a guidebook featuring 15…

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BeagleBone gets I/O 'capes'

Fans of the BeagleBone single board computer, little brother to BeagleBoard, now have access to 20 plug-in boards to add a camera, LCDs, weather sensors, and other I/O, writes Steve Bush. Called ‘capes’ after the cloak worn by the beagle superhero BeagleBoard mascot, the boards have been designed…

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Adafruit bears Raspberry Pi prototyping kit

An add-on prototyping kit forRaspberry Pi is available from US-based hobbyists website Adafruit.Designed to snap-on to the Pi PCB, the prototyping plate has both breadboard style and perfboard style areas for wiring up DIP chips and sensors. The GPIO/I2C/SPI and power pins are broken…

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FTDI adds touch capability to its open source platform

Future Technology Devices International (FTDI) has added a touch control input/output application boards for its Vinco development module, writes Richard Wilson.

The Vinco Touch Key applications board, which the supplier calls a shield mates with the Vinco motherboard, and incorporates a STMicroelectronics STMPE821 8-channel general purpose input/output…

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Raspberry Pi number 1 goes for £3,500 on eBay

The Raspberry Pi  project is almost a perfect example of open source engineering story. Well, it has started in popular fashion – a £20 Raspberry Pi computer sold for £3,500 on eBay last week, writes Steve Bush. The Raspberry Pi Foundation, which intends to sell its educational computers directly, auctioned…

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RaspberryPi £15 ARM Linux computer due for Christmas

The RaspberryPi Foundation, which aims to put computers in front of children for £15, has taken delivery of 50 engineering prototypes, and intends to get the final version to customers by the end of the year, writes Steve Bush. Based in Cambridge and founded by six high-tech high-flyers…

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Video: What counts as Open Source Hardware?

I know we concentrate largely on Linux in this blog, but its remit is a lot wider – open source hardware as well as open source software.’Open Source Engineering’ in the widest sense…

Well here is an interesting video from the excellent David Jones and his EEVblog on the topic…

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Microsoft goes open source with Gadgeteer electronics

We can file this one – at a push – under open source engineering, even if – given this involves Microsoft – no Linux is involved. The Redmond giant has has announced the official launch of Gadgeteer, a set of electronic parts designed to be plugged together to build prototypes or working electronic devices…

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