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Linux-based home automation hub gains Android app

6 hours 38 min ago
Revolv released an Android app for controlling devices via its Linux-based Revolv Hub home automation controller, and added Nest Thermostat support. Revolv was one of the earlier players in the new wave of mobile app enabled home automation hubs, starting out in 2012 under the name Mobiplug. Like the new Wink system, the Revolv Hub […]

Marvell lifts curtain on popular NAS SoCs

9 hours 9 min ago
[Updated 12:00PM] — Marvell has posted detailed datasheets on its previously opaque Armada 370 and XP SoCs, used in Linux-based NAS systems from Buffalo, Netgear, and Synology. Until now, datasheets and other details about the ARM-based Armada 370 and Armada XP system-on-chips have been available only under NDA to Marvell customers and partners. During the […]

Linux-friendly Sitara COM adds MIMO WiFi, BLE 4.0

10 hours 54 min ago
Variscite has upgraded its Linux- and Android-ready “VAR-SOM-AM33″ COM based on a 1GHz TI Sitara AM335x SoC, adding MIMO WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 LE. The “hugely successful” VAR-SOM-AM33, in Variscite’s description, appears to be a close cousin to its circa-2010 VAR-SOM-AM35 module, which showcased the 600MHz Texas Instruments AM3505 and AM3517 system-on-chips. The SODIMM-style VAR-SOM-AM33 […]

Magellan GPS takes Android for an RV adventure

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 09:41:02 PM
Magellan unveiled an Android-based navigation tablet for RVs with a 7-inch, 800 x 480 touchscreen, WiFi and Bluetooth, and real-time traffic updates. The RoadMate RV9490T-LMB appears to be Magellan’s first Android-based automotive GPS, and it’s specifically aimed at recreational vehicle owners. Magellan still uses Windows Mobile in many of its navigation devices. Magellan RoadMate RV9490T-LMB […]

Palm-sized mini PC projects display, uses IR for touch

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 05:57:19 PM
TouchPico is prepping an Android 4.2 mini-PC that doubles as a pico-projector and approximates touch input via an infrared stylus and camera. It’s not enough to offer just another straight-ahead pico projector these days. Sprint’s recent, ZTE-built LivePro, for example, doubles as a mobile hotspot and features an embedded display, and Promate’s LumiTab is also […]

Dev board targets Atom Z3000 tablet designers

Tuesday 29th of July 2014 09:36:44 PM
[Updated 3:15PM] — Intel and Microsoft launched a community-backed, quad-core Atom Z3735G-based “Sharks Cove” SBC aimed at designers of Windows or Android tablets. As you might expect from the fact that the $299 Sharks Cove development board ships with a Windows Embedded 8.1 image, this is not an open source SBC — at least from […]

Tiny Raspberry Pi-compatible SBC targets wearables

Tuesday 29th of July 2014 05:19:22 PM
Hardkernel launched a $30, 60 x 36mm Raspberry-Pi compatible “Odroid-W” wearables oriented SBC, adding eMMC, ADC, RTC, a fuel gauge, and step converters. Hardkernel’s Odroid project developed the Odroid-W (Odroid-Wearable) for a partner’s Internet of Things prototyping platform, after first considering and dismissing its quad-core Odroid-U3 single board computer. The Odroid-U3, which was rated as […]

Tiny Linux SBC web-enables DIY IoT modules

Monday 28th of July 2014 07:00:58 PM
LittleBits launched a tiny $59 ARM9-based “CloudBit” SBC that adds Internet access to the company’s collection of 60+ electronics modules for DIY projects. The tiny, 15 x 10 x 5mm CloudBit single board computer adds Internet connectivity and a modest ARM9 brain to LittleBits Electronics’s popular, Lego-like platform, which is billed as an easier, plug-and-play […]

Autonomous sub powers up with Wheezy on Haswell

Friday 25th of July 2014 11:33:33 PM
Cornell University’s “Gemini” AUV will compete in next week’s 2014 RoboSub competition. The sub runs Debian Linux on an Intel Core-based computer-on-module. The Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (CUAUV) team’s Gemini AUV will enter next week’s 17th Annual International RoboSub competition with the help of Adlink, whose “Express-HL” COM Express style computer-on-module will power the […]

Wireless speakers stream audio from web and WLAN

Friday 25th of July 2014 07:59:56 PM
Denon debuted a line of Sonos-like wireless multi-room HiFi speakers that stream audio from both Internet and local sources, and run on embedded Linux. Like the similarly Linux-powered devices available from Sonos, Denon’s “Heos” wireless streaming speakers offer multi-room (multi-speaker) synchronized audio, and can deliver multiple audio streams from disparate sources to individual speakers or […]

Raspberry Pi-based signage player sips 7 Watts

Thursday 24th of July 2014 06:17:54 PM
TinyGreenPC launched a Raspberry Pi and Linux based digital signage player that runs on just 7 Watts, and offers optional WiFi and an OPS interface. The Pi Media Player is one of the most power-efficient signage players on the market, according to TinyGreenPC, a subsidiary of UK-based embedded manufacturer and distributor AndersDX. It helps that […]

Gaming oriented Nvidia Shield Tablet wins early praise

Thursday 24th of July 2014 12:36:01 AM
The Android 4.4.3-based Nvidia Shield Tablet won early praise with its Tegra K1 SoC, Kepler-based graphics, new stylus, and WiFi Direct gaming controller. This week Nvidia announced its rumored tablet form-factor update of the Tegra 4-based Nvidia Shield, now called the Shield Portable. Early previews of the $299 Nvidia Shield Tablet have been kinder than […]

Project fosters free, open, secure public hotspots

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014 08:24:53 PM
The EFF’s Open Wireless Router project is developing an open source CeroWRT-based Linux stack for secure, WiFi routers that can publicly share data. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released an experimental hacker alpha version of a proposed new open source wireless router stack that supports secure, shareable WiFi networks. The Open Wireless Router, which […]

23-inch Android display shows HD digital art

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014 04:59:19 PM
Electric Objects has achieved Kickstarter funding for its Android-based EO1, a wall-mounted, 23-inch HD signage computer for displaying digital art. New York City based Electric Objects is one of several companies reinvigorating the wall-mounted digital picture frame form-factor with more affordable prices, smartphone access, and other modern amenities. Like Framed, which is based on Windows […]

Atom-based industrial PC has five gigabit ports

Monday 21st of July 2014 03:55:49 PM
MPL’s CEC10 industrial PC is a fanless, Linux-ready Atom E3800 model featuring -40 to +85°C support, five gigabit ports, and numerous expansion modules. Switzerland-based MPL has been in business for 21 years, and has been making Linux-compatible, Intel-based industrial computers for at least eight. The CEC10, which MPL also refers to as the “New Generation […]

$25 MIPS SBC extends Arduino with WiFi and OpenWRT

Friday 18th of July 2014 06:05:36 PM
The Arbor Linux Shield combines a V-Solution COM running Linux on an Atheros AR9331 with a baseboard that can act as a Linux SBC or as an Arduino shield. What is it about OpenWRT Linux that brings families together? Only a few days after we reported on the DPT Board Indiegogo project from DPTechnics — […]

Rugged SMARC module toughens up Atom E3800

Friday 18th of July 2014 02:54:17 PM
Adlink unveiled a ruggedized “LEC-BT” full-sized SMARC module based on the Atom E3800, featuring a camera interface and industrial temperature support. The SMARC computer-on-module form-factor was originally intended as an ARM vehicle, but in March Kontron announced the “world’s first x86-based SMARC COM” with its Intel Atom E3800 based SMARC-sXBTi COM. Now Adlink has countered […]

New wireless mesh standard hatches from Google’s Nest

Thursday 17th of July 2014 11:52:45 PM
Nest, Samsung, Freescale, ARM, and others have formed a Thread Group to foster a 6LoWPAN-based “Thread” wireless networking standard for home automation. Internet of Things and home automation standards groups are being launched left and right, including the Linux Foundation’s AllSeen Alliance and the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC). OIC member Samsung Electronics is part of […]

Heterogeneous multicore dev platform targets Linux

Thursday 17th of July 2014 11:02:29 PM
Mentor Graphics has released a heterogeneous multicore development platform for combining Linux, Nucleus, and bare metal OSes on a single multicore SoC. Just as Wind River had its VxWorks real-time operating system before it developed its embedded Linux distribution, Mentor was known for its Nucleus RTOS years before it acquired embedded Linux experts Embedded Alley […]

OpenWRT adds IPv6, preps for IoT future

Thursday 17th of July 2014 07:47:49 PM
The OpenWRT project has released version 14.07 RC1 of its lightweight router and IoT oriented Linux distribution, adding IPv6 support and faster startup. OpenWRT 14.07 (“Barrier Breaker”) was issued as a first release candidate (RC1), bringing full IPv6 support to the small-footprint GNU/Linux distribution. The router-oriented distro has become a favorite for home automation gizmos […]