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Android tablet records and recreates 3D scenes

Saturday 20th of September 2014 04:06:55 PM
Mantis Vision unveiled an Android-based “Aquila” tablet, based on Mantis’s “MV4D 3D” engine that uses a 3D sensing system to recreate 3D scenes. So-called 3D tablets, which display 3D video and other content with or without special glasses, never hit it big among consumers. Now Israeli 3D vision technology firm Mantis Vision and manufacturer Flextronics […]

Ubuntu gets closer to debut in Meizu MX4 phone

Friday 19th of September 2014 08:39:59 PM
The Ubuntu project announced a stable build for Ubuntu Touch phones, a week after Meizu tipped an Ubuntu version of the Meizu MX4 phone due in December. The Ubuntu for Phones team at the Canonical’s Ubuntu Project announced the arrival of the first image from the ubuntu-rtm (release to manufacturing) distribution for phones. The announcement […]

Android eyewear uses Qualcomm VR platform

Friday 19th of September 2014 05:02:28 PM
ODG’s “R-7 Glasses” eyewear features augmented reality features based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 SoC and Android-based Vuforia SDK for Digital Eyewear. Osterhout Design Group (ODG), which calls itself a developer of “emerging and disruptive electro-optics and sensor-based technologies,” announced the R-7 Glasses eyewear computer in conjunction with Qualcomm’s announcement of the Vuforia SDK for Digital […]

Rugged mini-PC runs Android on Via’s Cortex-A9 SoC

Thursday 18th of September 2014 11:59:26 PM
Via debuted a rugged fanless low-power Android mini-PC based on Via’s dual-core Cortex-A9 Elite E1000 SoC, and offering mini-PCIe, mSATA, HDMI, and GbE I/O. Via designed the “Artigo A900″ mini-PC for use in Android-based interactive kiosks, home automation devices, signage, and other HMI solutions. The 125 x 125 x 30mm mini-PC can be configured to […]

Mini-ITX board steps up to G-Series “Steppe Eagle”

Thursday 18th of September 2014 08:10:57 PM
Win Enterprises announced one of the first Mini-ITX SBCs with AMD’s latest “Steppe Eagle” G-Series SoCs, featuring TDPs down to 6 Watts. Shortly after AMD announced its original line-up of five Embedded G-Series SoC in May 2013, Win Enterprises was one of the first to jump out with a product, unveiling its 3.5-inch MB-60830 single […]

Linux-based pedalboard features 100+ virtual effects

Thursday 18th of September 2014 06:46:42 PM
[Updated 2:30PM] — A Kickstarter project called “MOD Duo” is an open source Linux music pedalboard with Arduino hooks and virtual pedals for 100-plus guitar and voice effects. The MOD Duo is billed as “the first multipurpose pedal.” The Linux-based device will be supported with an app platform, letting you create virtual pedal effects, and […]

Industry titans band together to improve open source

Wednesday 17th of September 2014 10:01:36 PM
Facebook, Google, Twitter, GitHub, Walmart, and others have formed a group called TODO, designed to standardize and improve open source releases. The TODO (Talk Openly Develop Openly) group was announced with a somewhat vague mission statement to address challenges “including ensuring high-quality and frequent releases, engaging with developer communities, and using and contributing back to […]

Hackable $39 Allwinner A20 SBC packs HDMI and GbE

Wednesday 17th of September 2014 09:44:55 PM
The $39 hackable “pcDuino3Nano” SBC runs Android or Ubuntu on a dual-core Allwinner A20 SoC, and offers GbE, HDMI, and 3x USB, plus Arduino-style expansion. It appears we have a new price/performance standout in the open source single board computer game. Longmont, Colorado based LinkSprite Technologies, which hosts the open source project for Allwinner-based pcDuino […]

MIPS-based Android Wear watch starts at $125

Wednesday 17th of September 2014 05:53:38 PM
A “Com 1″ Indiegogo project is the first Android Wear smartwatch to use a Ingenics MIPS SoC. The watch offers IP67 waterproofing, WiFi, and a $125 price. The Com 1 Android Wear watch, from Brooklyn-based startup “Com LLC,” aims to reach $75,000 in Indiegogo funding by Oct. 6. Considering that major vendors have jumped on […]

Android One phones launch in India

Tuesday 16th of September 2014 07:51:19 PM
Google launched the first Android One phones in India starting at $103 from Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice, and backed by direct Android updates from Google. Google announced its Android One initiative for selling budget Android phones in developing countries at June’s Google I/O conference. Like its Nexus program, Android One defines a mobile reference platform […]

Digia spins off Qt as subsidiary

Tuesday 16th of September 2014 03:04:27 PM
Digia has spun off a subsidiary called “The Qt Company” to unify Qt’s commercial and open source efforts, and debuted a low-cost plan for mobile developers. The Linux-oriented Qt cross-platform development framework has had a tumultuous career, having been passed around Scandinavia over the yearsfrom Trolltech to Nokia and then from Nokia to Digia. Yet, […]

Rugged COM Express module taps quad-core AMD SoC

Monday 15th of September 2014 10:11:13 PM
Hectronic’s Linux-ready “H6066″ COM Express Compact Type 6 module offers a quad-core AMD G-Series SoC, soldered memory, and optional -40 to 85°C operation. Like Hectronic’s Qseven form-factor H6069 computer-on-module, the Linux-enabled H6066 uses the Embedded G-Series SoC (system-on-chip) with AMD Radeon HD 8000E graphics with AMD’s Open CL support. However, instead of the dual-core version […]

Fanless mini-PC runs Linux on Via QuadCore E-Series

Monday 15th of September 2014 05:44:09 PM
Via’s rugged, Linux-ready “Artigo A1300″ mini-PC uses a new Via QuadCore E-Series CPU and VX11PH GPU, and offers dual HDMI, GbE, and optional 3G and WiFi. The $550 Artigo A1300 is one of a long line of Linux-ready Via Artigo mini-PCs, such as the circa 2010 Artigo A1100. The fanless, 7.28 x 6.38 x 1.75-inch […]

Robot OS to support Linux and Android on Snapdragon

Friday 12th of September 2014 09:23:36 PM
The OSRF plans to add ARM support to the Robot Operating System (ROS), starting with the Snapdragon 600 running Linux in Q4, followed by Android in 2015. The Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF), which maintains the open source Robot Operating System (ROS) and oversees the ROS.org website, has announced the first formal support for an […]

Cortex-A5 SBC offers mainline Linux support

Friday 12th of September 2014 07:02:17 PM
Emtrion’s new SBC uses Atmel’s Cortex-A5-based ATSAMA5D36 SoC and offers HDMI, 2x Ethernet, a battery charger, -40 to 85°C operation, and draws less than 300mA. Germany-based Emtrion has recently focused on Linux projects running on Freescale’s i.MX6 system-on-chip, and has previously spun products including the circa-2008, Renesas SuperH-based HiCO.SH7780 COM. Emtrion’s “SBC-SAMA5D36″ single board computer […]

Dev boards run KitKat on quad-core Snapdragon 805

Friday 12th of September 2014 01:08:12 AM
[Updated Sep 12] — Intrinsyc debuted an SODIMM-style COM with up to 3GB RAM and 64GB flash, running Android 4.4 on a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805, and a Nano-ITX baseboard. If you’d like to design with the same high-powered ARM Cortex-A15 silicon found in the latest Android smartphones and tablets, Intrinsyc Technologies has the board […]

Monstrous TiVo DVR has six tuners, holds 24TB

Wednesday 10th of September 2014 10:55:30 PM
TiVo announced a Linux-based “TiVo Mega” DVR with 24TB of storage — enough for 4,000 hours of HD video — plus six tuners and streaming to mobile devices. Over the years, TiVo boxes have grown smaller, with relatively large digital video recorders such as the circa 2011 Premiere Q slimming down to more recent product […]

Edison IoT module ships with Atom/Quark combo SoC

Wednesday 10th of September 2014 08:15:49 PM
[Updated Sep 17] — Intel launched its Edison COM for IoT apps, with a “Tangier” SoC that mixes a dual-core Atom running Linux with a Quark chip, plus optional breakout boards. Intel’s tiny Edison computer-on-module for wearables and other Internet of Things applications is finally available for $50, along with two Intel development boards plus […]

Quad-core Cortex-A15 SoC features 6MB on-chip RAM

Tuesday 9th of September 2014 08:54:56 PM
TI has launched a Linux-friendly, 1.4GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 AM5K2Ex Keystone II SoC, that runs at under 10W and offers 10GbE switches and 6MB on-chip RAM. Like the Texas Instruments Sitara AMx5 system-on-chip announced earlier this year, the AM5K2Ex uses the ARM Cortex-A15 architecture. However, the AM5K2Ex is part of TI’s higher-end, server and networking focused […]

VR headset mixes Oculus firmware and Android phablet

Tuesday 9th of September 2014 06:41:52 PM
Samsung and Oculus have joined forces on a 3DOF “Gear VR” virtual reality headset with 96° FOV that uses a 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4 as a computer and display. Why reinvent the wheel? That’s the idea behind a growing number of telepresence robots, home automation devices, and other gizmos that leverage existing smartphones and tablets […]

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