XMOS, developers of the industry’s first even-driven embedded processor, are running a special holiday promotion for a select few hacker and electronics communites.
They are giving away free developer kits to anyone who can come up with an awesome project idea that uses one.
The XC-1A developer board features XMOS’s most powerful processor; a quad-core XS1-G4 and is a great platform to start any project, big or small.
Head over the www.xcore.com/promotion now to submit your idea and win a kit!
XMOS is giving away XC-1A developer kits - [Link]
For the first time, hardware can be collaborative in real time! Work on a design with your team, in real time! See what they are editing while you edit! Sign up for free to give it a try! Exclamation mark!
Michael Woodworth writes:
Add your team by username or email to invite them to work with you on your design. It has never been easier to add people to your design!
And while we were at it, we thought that we should give the project pages a face lift! So we called on our design surgeon to give us the great new look that you can see here.
Plus, we’ve added a ton of awesome features that you should know about!
- Favouriting parts: We are making it easier to find parts that you know and like to use. Search will be taking this into account when you are logged in. I can’t wait to see my favourites skyrocket to top of search!
- Tutorials: We’ve created a tutorial section to help you navigate the site and use our features.
- Easier part creation: Introducing mouseless part creation! When editing pins on a part, just press enter to save it and go to the next pin, all the way around the part.
- Fork with history: Design history is now copied when you fork a design. Try forking one of our featured designs. And while you’re at it, take a look at the project fork list on the project page.
- Gravatars: We’ve hooked up your profiles to Gravatar. If you didn’t have a Gravatar, you get a little robot!
Increased tool stability: We’ve been busy making lots of improvements to the schematic capture tool, to increase its stability and help us track down bugs in the future.
- Netlist and export fixes: Some designs would not export netlists or to our open JSON format, but we’ve been good little beavers and this has been fixed.
- Now with more exclamation marks!
Upverter.com – Real-Time Collaboration & Shared Designs - [Link]
Underscoring an unwavering commitment to be an end-to-end resource for design engineers and enthusiasts, element14 today announced they will host a two-day virtual event “The element14 Innovation Series,” taking place Jan. 16-17, 2012.
The two-day virtual extravaganza will unite industry leaders from top manufacturers including Microchip, Texas Instruments, Freescale, ST and Micrium , to identify emerging trends in the different fields of electronics engineering—from medical and robotics to alternative energy and more. Anyone interested in the event can register now to discuss design challenges and solutions, and chat live with the experts implementing the latest and most up-to-date technology of today.
“The element14 Innovation Series” – Uncover the next generation of innovation - [Link]
Two exciting updates from element14 this week:
- New 2012 Catalog: Now available in a new customizable online format, a version enabled for iPads, as well as the ever-popular print edition. element14 users can now create their own unique catalog tailored to their needs, as well as opt to bookmark, email or print a specific page. element14 is the first electronics distributor to have a customizable catalog – check it out at: http://www.newark.com/ecats
- Innovators of Tomorrow: element14 recently kicked-off a new discussion series inviting the community to share thoughts on the innovators of tomorrow – who is the next Steve Jobs – as well as emerging technologies and trends. The community feedback will help fuel element14’s future Innovation series. Your readers can learn more at www.element14.com/innovators
element14 unveils first customizable catalog - [Link]
DrawSCH is able to create schematics online for free,You don’t need to install the software. Just open your browser.
- You can share your schematics with your firends or on forums or BBS
- You can export your schematics as png or as jpg image, Pdf will be supported latter.
- You can ask someone to help you to modify your schematics
- Try it ,you will find it very useful
- Browser Support: Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, IE9, IE6, IE7, IE8
Draw schematics online - [Link]
Ahh, the electronics workbench – shrine to the electron, the diode, the transistor, the soldering pencil and flux pen.
You can learn a lot about someone by looking at their workspace. Note the way that they store components (in pullout drawers or plastic organizers?), hang test leads (on hooks or wire racks, or on a nail?), and keep spools of wire at the ready for repairs and new projects.
A look at someone’e electronics workbench gives you a small glimpse into what is usually a fairly personal space – a space where visions become reality and electronics projects are brought to life.
While there are quite a few electronics workbenches on flickr, I determined after a quick search that there had been no attempt to bring all of these glimpses into a hobbyist or engineer’s soul together into one place.
It’s open to everyone, so if you’ve got photos of your own bench, add it to the group!
Electronics Workbench - [Link]
Tinkercad – Design physical things in your browser – [via]
Have your first 3D project ready for printing in minutes. Tinkercad is a new and faster way of creating designs for your 3D printer. With the help of the latest web technology you can now use a solid modeling CAD directly in your browser.
The user interface is designed to get things done fast and to be quick to learn. With only three basic tools you can create a wide range of useful things. Once your project is ready simply download the STL file and start your 3D print.
Tinkercad – Design physical things in your browser - [Link]
Four judges, Dave Jones from EEV Blog, Jayson Tautic CEO of TAUTIC ELECTRONICS LLC, Marc Alexander from Freetronics, and Dino Segovis from Hack A Week, and Ian from Dangerous Prototypes each made a top ten list. The projects with the most votes were awarded prizes.
With unanimous consent of all judges, and also the reader’s choice winner, 7400 Capacitive Touch Array (Capacitive touch sensing the hard way) wins the grand prize of $100 and first pick of the prizes.
Nine entries took second place with votes from 2 judges. These winners get next pick from the prizes.
- Telephone Intercom From TTL
- 7400 Based Full Wave Rectifier
- Lazarus 64 (Retro game system, graphics gen)
- Masochist’s Video Card
- Lights Out, Turing Style
- Illogical Dickson Doubler
- 7400 Series Drum Machine (Four-channel, sixteen-step percussion synthesizer/sequencer)
- Electronic Realization of Etch-A-Sketch Toy with 32-Page Flip-Pad
22 entries placed third with the vote of at least 1 judge. They get to pick a prize too.
- Nixie Tube Clock
- Pure TTL Clock (5 digit 7 seg display)
- Discrete Servo Driver
- Discrete logic POV Clock
- Animated LED Christmas sign
- SPI LCD Backpack
- TTL Tilt Sensor
- 7400 Logic E-reader
- Discrete logic amplifier
- Police Lights and Siren (shown for Toy Car)
- AM Radio
- TTL based range finder (with 3 digit 7 seg display)
- Accelerometer Controlled Racing Game
- TEC Temperature controller (Peltier)
- CD4007-Based Voice Changer
- Game of Life with CMOS logic
- 7400 Drum Machine
- Homemade 7400, better than Logical 7400
- Horologium Romanum (Roman Numeral Clock)
- Bin Night Reminder
- 80M Direct Conversion Receiver
- 7400 Series Logic PLL Based Switch-Mode PSU
Thanks again for entering, we hope to see you again next year! Thanks to the sponsors
Electronics-Lab.com is a sponsor and offered :
1 x uOLED-32028-P1T graphics display module + P1-EB expansion module + uDrive-USB-G1 SD module + uUSB-CE5 module + 64MB microSD card + adapter and a mass of electronics related books
for winner entry: Telephone Intercom From TTL
Thanks everyone who participated.
Open 7400 competition winners - [Link]