Tag Archives: Kickstarter

SolarBoost – Make Your Own USB Solar Mobile Charger

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SolarBoost is an open source smart interface that allows you to build your own powerful and portable solar charger for your phone and other mobile devices. It has two USB ports and can provide 5V @ 2A at each of them and is controlled by a 8-bit 32MHz Microchip PIC microcontroller. It is also equipped with various protection features like soft-start, over-temperature, over-charge, over-discharge, short-circuit and current limiter.

SolarBoost is the first open-hardware and open-source smart interface designed to give you the freedom and flexibility to make your own battery- and solar-powered power bank for charging cellphones, tablets, MP3 players, speakers, GPS navigators, and much more. Use it to also power your DIY electronics projects!

SolarBoost – Make Your Own USB Solar Mobile Charger – [Link]

MAGIC PIXEL – Bluetooth full color LED display

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MAGIC PIXEL is a full color LED display able to show animations, scrolling texts, and video from a PC or Mac. The display can also be controlled using an Android or iOS device via bluetooth interface.

Magic Pixel is a universal and handy Bluetooth LED display, which we’ve been developing with focus on ease of use and effectivity. It can be used for displaying advertisement, information or just for fun. Magic Pixel is an ideal solution where effective and dynamic visualization of information is required.

MAGIC PIXEL – Bluetooth full color LED display – [Link]

SCIO: The Fun New Way To Learn Coding, Computers and STEM

SCIOA new board that aims to fill an education gap for programmable boards is on kickstarter. SCIO enables anyone, without the need of previous experience, to experiment with electronics and coding and build various projects based on onboard sensors, work on the cloud, make light shows and even more.

Within an hour of opening the box, someone who previously knew nothing about computers, programming and “boards,” can write programs that explore, educate, and entertain.

When someone buys a Raspberry Pi or Arduino without any prior programming experience, this person often reports being lost because they do not have the technical skills to use it. The information available for programming and using these devices is often difficult to understand for beginners.

SCIO: The Fun New Way To Learn Coding, Computers and STEM – [Link]

ChameleonMini – A Versatile NFC Card Emulator

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ChameleonMini is a programmable tool for NFC Cards analysis and emulation. It helps you to emulate and clone contactless cards, read RFID tags and sniff RF data.

The credit-card shaped ChameleonMini is a versatile tool for practical NFC and RFID security analysis, compliance and penetration tests, and various end-user applications. The freely programmable platform can create perfect clones of various existing commercial smartcards, including cryptographic functions and the Unique Identifier (UID).

ChameleonMini – A Versatile NFC Card Emulator – [Link]

Creator Ci40: The ultimate IoT-in-a-box dev kit

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A complete IoT kit that includes all the hardware, software, and cloud infrastructure needed to quickly build a wireless IoT system.

The Creator™ Ci40 IoT kit includes not only the hardware building blocks needed to quickly prototype a wireless IoT system from scratch but most importantly the open source software frameworks, the network stacks and the cloud connectivity capabilities required to securely connect and authenticate devices to the cloud.

Creator Ci40: The ultimate IoT-in-a-box dev kit – [Link]

Nandland Go Board – Your FPGA Playground

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There’s a new FPGA development board on Kickstarter. It’s called the Nandland Go Board, and it aims to be an inexpensive, easy-to-use FPGA development board to learn about how FPGAs work and what they are capable of. This board is unique because it provides a lot of options for projects built directly into the board. It comes with:

  • Four LEDs
  • Four Push-Button Switches
  • Two 7-Segment LED displays
  • Micro USB Connector (for Programming and Communication)
  • VGA Connector
  • External Connector

Most other FPGA development boards come with just a simple connector but the Go Board has lots of functionality built right into it. The Kickstarter page shows a bunch of examples of what is possible using the Nandland Go Board, and it’s pretty impressive. You can even program it to play Pong! Take a look at the Kickstarter page and pick one up today.

Nandland Go Board – Your FPGA Playground – [Link]

LattePanda – A £45 Win10 Computer For Everything

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LattePanda is featured with quad-core 1.8Ghz, 2/4G RAM, 32/64 GB eMMC, WIFI, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB 3.0, plus onboard Arduino processor!

It includes everything a regular PC has and can do anything that a regular PC does, all at a low price of 69 USD.

LattePanda runs perfectly on the go. Creating documents with Microsoft Office, playing HD videos and running Windows apps on LattePanda is exactly the same experience as using a regular PC.

LattePanda comes pre-installed with a full edition of Windows 10, including powerful tools such as Visual Studio, NodeJS, Java, Processing, and more!

LattePanda – A £45 Win10 Computer For Everything – [Link]

Mango: A Compact Size FPGA Research Platform

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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

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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

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]