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Mango: A Compact Size FPGA Research Platform


An arduino-compatible FPGA platform that can be used for a wide range of applications.

The Mango is a compact field-programmable-gate-array (FPGA) platform that can be used for a wide range of projects, such as signal processing, mobile computing and robotics.

FPGA Mango board comes with a soft-core Nios II processor running on an Altera Cyclone IV FPGA. The board comes with 16MB of SDRAM, 16Mb EPCS flash memory, and a micro SD card slot. The FPGA Mango board also comes equipped with 9 degrees of freedom IMU (with temperature sensor) and four PWM motor controllers, which makes it a perfect solution for many applications, including robotic applications.

Mango: A Compact Size FPGA Research Platform – [Link]

XLR8: Arduino-compatible FPGA-based Application Accelerator


XLR8 has both an ATmega328 clone and custom accelerator blocks on an FPGA and uses the standard Arduino IDE for programming.

XLR8 is a drop-in replacement for an Arduino Uno, but with a twist. It is an Arduino-compatible board that uses a Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) as the main processing chip.

The FPGA provides a reconfigurable hardware platform that hosts a clone of an ATmega328 microcontroller. The FPGA also provides the ability to implement custom logic that accelerates specific functionality known to be slow or otherwise problematic for the standard 8-bit ATmega328 microcontroller.

The FPGA-based hardware acceleration and offload provided by XLR8 results in significantly improved performance in the same physical footprint and using the same tool chain as standard Arduino Uno boards.

XLR8: Arduino-compatible FPGA-based Application Accelerator – [Link]

OpenCVMeter – Rediscover Your Capacitors


OpenCVMeter is an open source tool to measure capacitance and leakage current as a function of a capacitor’s working voltage.

When designing circuits, many hobbyists take capacitors for granted – but each type (ceramic multi-layer, aluminum electrolytic, tantalum, mica…) has its own unique properties. Nowadays, ceramic capacitors are the most commonly used capacitors in the industry, but many can lose up to 80% of their rated capacitance near their voltage ratings.

Enter the OpenCVMeter! This meter aims to provide a Capacitance versus Voltage characterization accurate within 1% of the capacitors for your next project (or already have and are starting to wonder about right now…)

OpenCVMeter – Rediscover Your Capacitors – [Link]

ARC Digital Amplifier


Enjoy high-end sound quality for all your music with this small and modern digital amplifier.

The ARC was made to bridge the gap between high-end sound quality and the world of digital music. Designed as the perfect receiver and amplifier, this ultra-compact unit provides high-resolution USB audio streaming capabilities, high quality aptX Bluetooth audio and astonishingly detailed sound. For a great listening experience and immersive sound, all you need is a set of speakers and the ARC. Done.

ARC Digital Amplifier – [Link]

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]

JIGMOD Electronic Circuit Building System


Succeed with your Innovations by building reliable, high quality electronic circuits. by JIGMOD:

Most electronic components aren’t compatible with breadboards. JIGMOD bridges the gap between those components and your breadboard.
Don’t work hard – work smart! Avoid wasted time spent debugging and troubleshooting.
Be amongst the first to use this revolutionary development platform.
Develop circuits with high quality, reliable results every time
Satisfy your curiosity easily
Succeed in your innovations
Maximize your ability to test and demonstrate your circuits

JIGMOD Electronic Circuit Building System – [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]

Open source pocket USB oscilloscope; 30 MHz, multi-platform


by Graham Prophet @ edn-europe.com:

Running on Apple iPad, Android, Microsoft Windows and Linux, LabNation’s (Antwerp, Belgium) open source USB oscilloscope, SmartScope, is the result of a Kickstarter campaign commenced in 2014 – the project raised 645% of the funding goal within 30 days.

Believed to be the first test equipment designed to run on multiple operating systems and platforms such as smartphones, tablets and PCs, the lightweight SmartScope is powered directly from the host’s USB interface suiting it for many test and measurement applications far from the workbench.

Open source pocket USB oscilloscope; 30 MHz, multi-platform – [Link]

RePhone kit: World’s first open source and modular phone


Seeed Studio has announced that RePhone, an open source and modular phone kit:

With Rephone you can:
1.Create your own phone in minutes with the slim MODULES, accessible SOFTWARE, and customizable Phone Enclosures.
2.Hack anything around you, giving inanimate objects the power of cellular communication. Have a conversation with your pets, plants, toys, motorcycle helmets, robots, or drones through RePhone’s GSM and 3G functions.

RePhone is a set of tools and components that allows everyone including students, teachers, makers, hackers, geeks, artists, developers and engineers rethink, remix, redesign and remake the phone.
RePhone comes in three kits RePhone Core Module GSM + BLE, RePhone Core Module 3G and RePhone kit Create.

RePhone kit: World’s first open source and modular phone – [Link]