CoAction Hero: a powerful proto-board with a 120Mhz processor, 1MB filesystem, and built-in OS for tinkerers and engineers alike.
CoAction Hero is an ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller board with a built-in operating system (CoActionOS) delivering unprecedented power and ease-of-use to your embedded projects. The embedded operating system includes many of the features you find on the Raspberry Pi (filesystem, multi-process/multi-thread) but with the ease-of-use associated with the Arduino platform. CoActionOS is available free-of-charge under a permissive open source license (Apache 2.0) that encourages both commercial and personal use.
CoAction Hero: 32-bit Open-Source ARM Cortex-M3 Board - [Link]
Circuits for Fun have created a new product that will change the way you work with sensors and other electronic control interfaces, they have created a simple intuitive plug and play platform that will help standardize the communication of all kinds of electronic components, itʼs called the Interactive Development Kit, they recently launched on Kickstarter and would love for you to check it out and see what you think, please check out the video and if you like the project we would appreciate any help you can give getting the word out so they can get the product out in the hands of creative people everywhere.
Interactive Development Kit - [Link]
The project presented here has come a long way already before becoming a kickstarter project. We developed the tracker for a pilot project at a company that was specifically looking for simplicity (both hardware and software wise), ease of use and cost while also being able to be manufactured in non-optimal conditions: even soldered and assembled by hand with minimal training or older equipment. These goals were met within the pilot project; prototypes were produced on a small scale and the project was an overall success.
Remote GPS Tracking - [Link]
circuits.io. The first project is a Raspberry Pi robotic shield by Francis wyffels. “Discover campaigns raising funds to get finished electronics product shipped to you or visit our shop of circuit boards and solder your own project.” [via]
The Raspberry Pi robotic shield allows you to control a robot using a Raspberry Pi. It can drive two motors, two RC servos and can read 4 analog sensor values. This design will only be fabricated and shipped to you if it reaches its goal of $9,800.00 in pre-orders by December 28, 2012. You will not be charged if the goal is not reached.
circuits.io – Kickstarter-like electronics funding - [Link]
[San Francisco, CA] – Amidst the countless universities and schools raising tuition rates and cost of education, one man is stepping outside the norm and providing classes on electrical engineering completely free of charge: No ads; no memberships; just free education.
Christopher Peurifoy, a Masters of Electrical Engineering graduate from California State University: Chico and creator of the electronics website pyroelectro.com, wants to share his wealth of knowledge with anyone with an Internet connection and the desire to learn. The only obstacle in his way is the cost of funding such an undertaking. Read the rest of this entry »
The Xprotolab is a combination of 3 electronics instruments: an oscilloscope, a waveform generator and a protocol sniffer. Now Portable
The Xprotolab is a combination of three electronic instruments: a mixed signal oscilloscope, an arbitrary waveform generator, and a protocol sniffer. The Xprotolab was awarded as one of the 100 Hot Products of 2011, by the EDN magazine. The Xprotolab has been featured in several other online magazines, such as Hack a Day. and Elektor.
The Xprotolab has been in development for several years, the hardware and firmware are stable. Now its time to put the device in an enclosure and add a rechargeable battery. The input connectors are going to be 3.5mm stereo audio plugs, and the logic port is going be a 0.1″ male pin connector. The pictures below are from a hand made prototype.
Xprotolab Portable Oscilloscope - [Link]
Reka Kovacs writes:
We are building an ArduSat (according to the Cubesat standards a satellite 10 cm long at the edges and 1 kg or less), on this satellite we would put up to 5 Arduino’s and plug in 50+ sensors into them as well as 2 optical and 1 IR camera. Once the satellite is on orbit we would then give access to the general public/citizen scientists to the payload ( Arduinos, sensors and camera) to upload their own scientific experiments. We plan to capture the attention of the DIY community, hackers and makers, amateur astronomers and in general those interested in space exploration and the next frontier.
Sensor wise we have so far magnetometers, tachometers, plasma sensor, photometer, thermometer, pressure sensor, space radiation (bitflip) sensor, Geiger counter and 2 optical and 1 IR camera etc.The idea is that people can rent scientific packages for a week, during the week they run their experiment we will send data constantly back to them to analyze. Imagine general public, including teachers having access to experiment platform in space for a couple of hundreds of dollar and they analyze data and engage students, friends etc., it could revolutionize the way people see space. Also we are looking for feedback from people interested in the project. We want to hear their ideas or sensors and experiments!
ArduSat – Your Arduino Experiment in Space - [Link]
Sean Bonner writes:
We wanted to do something special for the Kickstarter community, who helped us get Safecast moving in the first place, and thought that a limited edition version of the geiger counter we designed, at a discounted price, would be a cool way to do that.
So here you go: a Kickstarter exclusive Safecast geiger counter. Limited clear plastic casing (like these pics), numbered edition of however many people pre-order them here. The only way ever to get this clear version is from this Kickstarter campaign. Obviously, this edition is a real working geiger counter, 100% functionally identical to the forthcoming retail release version.
Safecast X Kickstarter Geiger Counter - [Link]
The Ard-Vark is a basic electronics box that can be remotely controlled by an app on your iPhone, iPad or Android phone. It is Arduino compatible. Have you ever wanted to build a project that needed electronics but you didn’t know how to start? Would you like to add motion to one of your creations, and be able to control it with your phone or tablet and not have to learn electronics, soldering, programming and a few hundred other things? Then the Ard-Vark is for you.
The Ard-Vark – control devices using iPhone or Android - [Link]
A modular device, NODE communicates with smartphones via Bluetooth. Bluetooth requires less energy than Wifi and can send information directly to your Bluetooth enabled device. With new Bluetooth Low Energy, NODE can communicate with iPhone 4S and some Android phones at up to 50 meters with even less energy than conventional Bluetooth. With multiple NODEs networked in your home or office, you can control the different devices by your location.
NODE: a modular, handheld powerhouse of sensors - [Link]