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Makerarm – The first robotic arm that makes anything, anywhere


Makerarm just lauched on kickstarter. It’s a penknife for the DIY world, it can make almost anything by changing the toolhead!

A complete digital fabrication system for makers everywhere: 3D print, laser, carve, plot, assemble, pick/place + more on your desktop!

  • Makerarm works with interchangeable heads for countless applications.
  • It 3D prints: Makerarm is not confined to a box and can 3D print with both filament and resin.
  • It carves and mills: Makerarm includes high-speed desktop milling (light duty) and carving. You can mill on a variety of materials including plastics, wood, and soft metals right on your desktop. You can even hook up heavy duty flex shaft tools such as the Dremel Fortiflex to Makerarm for power-carving, grinding, or shaping applications (with speeds up to 23,000 RPM!).
  • It laser engraves: Makerarm’s high power 500mW laser head (405nm) engraves and etches on plastics, wood, leather, cardboard, and more.
  • It picks and places: Choose from vacuum pump coupled suction cups, electromagnetic heads, or grippers to carry out pick and place operations.
  • It assembles: With the assembly heads, you can automatically place and fasten screws, carry out gluing, and perform pick and place functions.
  • It’s a PCB fab: PCB milling, drilling, solder-paste dispensing, pick and place assembly (PCBA), and automated soldering take the hassle out of prototyping.

Makerarm – The first robotic arm that makes anything, anywhere – [Link]

Maximo Robot Arm – for kids and even big kids


The Maximo Robot Arm is the greatest way to discover robotics. Accessible, fun and affordable, Maximo is designed for everyone.

Maximo Robot Arm comes with a laser-cut acrylic body. It was designed to offer the highest quality while remaining one of the most affordable robotic arms on the market. Its 5-axis range of motion allows for movements similar to assembly line robots.

Maximo is our second generation of robotic arms. Three years ago, we created MandleBot, a 5-axis aluminum robotic arm currently being used in schools, robotics clubs, summer camps and even factories. We have enjoyed sharing our passion for robotics with a lot of people and it has inspired us to now do it on a larger scale.

Maximo Robot Arm – for kids and even big kids – [Link]

Atmel’s latest processor uses less juice


by Martin Cooke @ elektormagazine.com:

Atmel has announced a new series of Atmel | SMART ARM® Cortex®-A5-based microprocessors (MPUs). Firmly targeted at IoT applications they are said to deliver the world’s lowest power consumption for all MPUs in their class. They deliver sub 200 µA in retention mode with context preserved, 30 µs ultra-fast wake-up and a new backup mode with DDR in self-refresh at only 50 µA. Among the built-in features of the Atmel | SMART SAMA5D2 series includes a complete audio subsystem, lower pin-count and ultra-small package. The integrated PCI-level security capabilities will find applications in IoT devices, wearables and point of sale (POS) equipment.

Atmel’s latest processor uses less juice – [Link]

The Atmel SAM L22


by Martin Cooke @ elektormagazine.com:

Atmel has recently announced the addition of the SAM L22 series to its family of secure, ARM® Cortex® M0+-based MCUs. These new devices offer a built-in, ultra-low power capacitive touch interface with a segment LCD controller that can deliver up to 320 segments. Typical applications for these controllers would include low-power devices such as thermostats, electric/gas/water meters, home control, medical and access systems.

Their inbuilt features make them suited to IoT applications and the SAM L22 series includes security capabilities to deliver 256-bit AES, cyclic redundancy check (CRC), true random number generator, Flash protection and tamper detection to ensure information is securely stored, delivered and accessible. The devices use Atmel’s proprietary picoPower® technologies for low power consumption and smart low-power peripherals that work independently of the CPU in sleep modes.

The Atmel SAM L22 – [Link]

Running Intel x86 apps on Raspberry Pi 1 and 2

ExaGear Desktop is virtualization solution which opens up a host of new possibilities for running apps across platforms. ExaGear Desktop makes it possible to run Intel x86 application on ARM-based devices, and is targeted to individuals running ARM-based Mini PCs and to businesses deploying ARM-based devices to cut costs. For example you can run Skype on ARM devices (youtube; https://youtu.be/4GUP27TJ5w4). Moreover you can run x86 Windows applications on ARM-based devices by installing Wine.

ExaGear Desktop also boasts outstanding performance specs – in tests it runs 5 times faster than Qemu.

Running Intel x86 apps on Raspberry Pi 1 and 2  – [Link]

Internet connected home energy monitor


by TheSpodShed @ instructables.com:

This is a magic box which will let you monitor the power consumption of your house from anywhere on the Internet! It measures both true power (Watts) and apparent (VA) power, it keeps a running total of electricity units used, and measures mains frequency as a bonus.

The project uses a Particle Core(*) module – a little board with an ARM microprocessor and a Wi-Fi interface – to do all the hard work. To build it, you’ll need to be able to solder and follow a simple circuit diagram. At UK prices, total parts cost should be no more than £50.

Internet connected home energy monitor – [Link]

Toshiba TX04 for the IoT


by elektor.com:

Toshiba has added a new variant to its TX04 range of microcontrollers. The TMPM46BF10FG is targeted at IoT applications and incorporates dedicated hardware to implement a true random number generator (TRNG: SP800-90C standard) through the combination of a random entropy seed generation (ESG) circuit and Hash-DRGB created by the secure hash processor (SHA) and software program. These features offload computational overheads on the main processor and meet the standards of security required for network communications.

Based around an ARM Cortex-M4F core, with a maximum operating frequency of 120 MHz, the TMPM46BF10FG incorporates 1024 Kbyte of flash memory and 514 Kbyte SRAM required for secure communications control, four types of security circuits for network communications. The MCU also integrates an SLC NAND flash memory controller and 4- and 8-bit error correction circuitry (BCH ECC) that supports memory expansion with 1Gbit to 4Gbit SLC NAND flash memory chips.

Toshiba TX04 for the IoT – [Link]

VFD Modular Clock IV-18 SMT



VFD Modular Clock IV-18 SMT edition is a special solder-free kit version of the original VFD Modular Clock . The firmware is mbed based and is freely available at http://developer.mbed.org/teams/Akafugu/code/vfd_modular_clock_mbed/


  • IV-18 8-digit Russian VFD Display Tube
  • Open source mbed based firmware
  • LPC1347 ARM Cortex-M3 64kb microcontroller
  • GPS (option)
  • Four Letter Word
  • Easy to update firmware with no special drivers required (LPC1347 usb bootloader)

VFD Modular Clock IV-18 SMT – [Link]

New ARM Cortex-A72


by elektor.com:

ARM has unveiled the new ARM Cortex-A72 processor which they expect to be the standard SoC in mobile devices hitting the marketplace in 2016. Their claim is that it is the highest performing CPU technology available for developing mobile SoCs today. In target configurations, the Cortex-A72 processor is said to deliver CPU performance 50X greater than the leading smartphones from just five years ago.

The ARM premium mobile experience IP suite also offers a significant graphics upgrade offering users up to 4K120fps resolution. Alongside the Cortex-A72 processor is the new CoreLink CCI-500 interconnect and the new Mali-T880 GPU, ARM’s highest performing and most energy-efficient mobile GPU, along with Mali-V550 video and Mali-DP550 display processors. To further ease chip implementation, the suite also includes ARM POP IP for the leading-edge TSMC 16nm FinFET+ process.

New ARM Cortex-A72 – [Link]

Toshiba Announces Two New ARM Cortex-M4F Based Microcontrollers


Toshiba has added two new products to their ARM® Cortex®-M4F based TX04 series microcontrollers. The TMPM470FDFG and TMPM475FDFG are both capable of operating two brushless DC motors simultaneously.

The new microcontrollers aim to satisfy ever-increasing demand for more energy efficient motors and incorporate vectoring technology to ensure efficient motor control. The TMPM475FDFG also integrates a CAN (Controller Area Network) controller which is required for use in specialist factory automation systems. Both chips are ideal for a wide range of uses ranging from industrial applications to use in home appliances, such as washing machines, fridges and air-conditioning units.

The TMPM470FDFG and TMPM475FDFG are based upon the high-performance ARM® Cortex®-M4F and can operate at up to 120MHz. They incorporate two modules, each containing a programmable motor drive, 12-bit AD converter and vector engine, ensuring the efficient and simultaneous operation of two brushless DC motors from a single chip.

Toshiba Announces Two New ARM Cortex-M4F Based Microcontrollers – [Link]