Tag Archives: Kickstarter

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

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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

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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

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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]