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Linux-driven service robot wants to deliver your towels

Thursday 14th of August 2014 05:25:30 PM
A startup called Savioke has unveiled a Linux- and ROS-based SaviOne hospitality robot, currently being tested at a California hotel for room service duty. Savioke’s “SaviOne” stands three feet tall, weighs less than 100 pounds, and can roll along at a typical human walking pace of 4 mph. The touchscreen-equipped robot lacks arms or legs, […]

Sandwich-style ARM9 SBC ships with Linux

Thursday 14th of August 2014 12:38:22 AM
MYIR announced a sandwich-style single board computer that runs Linux on a Freescale i.MX28x SoC and features -40 to 85°C operation and a CAN bus interface. MYIR specializes in low-power ARM single board computers (SBCs) and computer-on-modules (COMs), with the latter including the MYC-SAM9X5-V2 (using Atmel’s ARM9-based AT91SAM9X5) and MYC-AM335X (using TI’s Cortex-A8 based Sitara […]

Linux-based controller mixes Atom SoC with Kintex-7 FPGA

Wednesday 13th of August 2014 06:42:47 PM
[Updated Aug 18] — NI’s new 4-slot CompactRIO control system combines a dual-core Atom E3825 with a Kintex-7 FPGA, and features industrial temperatures and NI Real-Time Linux. The National Instruments (NI) “CompactRIO 4-slot Performance Controller” is the high end “performance” big brother to NI’s “value” CompactRIO cRIO-9068 model, introduced a year ago. Whereas the cRIO-9068 […]

Raspberry Pi based media player offers 1TB hard drive

Wednesday 13th of August 2014 01:17:11 AM
FiveNinjas has launched a “Slice” media player on Kickstarter based on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, with a 1TB HDD and a customized version of XBMC. UK-based startup FiveNinjas developed the Slice because the developers found it annoying when their media players became useless when carried beyond an Internet connection. Unlike most media players, the […]

Media player dev kits run Ubuntu and Android on Cortex-A9

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 11:12:15 PM
Toshiba announced wireless-enabled development kits based on its dual-core Cortex-A9 “TZ5000 ApP Lite” SoC, supporting Ubuntu and Android 4.4, respectively. The RBTZ5000-2MA-A1 (Linux) and RBTZ5000-6MA-A1 (Android) kits are anchored with two vastly different development boards. The Ubuntu-based “2MA” version is a full-featured, 90 x 55mm board while the “6MA” (Android) module is a mere 57 […]

Android motorcycle helmet/HUD gains funding

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 05:05:23 PM
Skully has achieved Indiegogo funding for an Android 4.4 based motorcycle helmet with a head-up display, GPS navigation, and a 180-degree rearview camera. Last October, Skully Systems (then called Skully Helmets) unveiled its high-tech Skully P1 motorcycle helmet and launched a beta testing program. The P1 never reached market, but has been refined into an […]

Solar plant monitoring system taps Raspberry Pi

Monday 11th of August 2014 11:49:41 PM
Storm Energy has upgraded its “SunSniffer” solar plant monitoring system to a Linux-based platform running on a Raspberry Pi SBC. Germany-based Storm Energy is the latest of a growing number of companies building commercial products based on the hackable Raspberry Pi single board computer. The company’s SunSniffer system is designed to monitor photovoltaic (PV) solar […]

Console OS Andoid fork gets funded, adds Minnowboard Max

Monday 11th of August 2014 09:30:17 PM
[Updated Aug 11] — The “Console OS” project to make Android 4.4 dual-boot on x86-based hardware has surpassed its Kickstarter goal, and has added Minnowboard Max SBC support. On the eve of the conclusion of its successful Kickstarter funding campaign, project founder Christopher Price announced that the Atom E3800-based Minnowboard Max single board computer had […]

Autonomous Android smartwatch ships

Friday 8th of August 2014 07:01:55 PM
Neptune’s Android 4.1-based “Pine” smartwatch is shipping to Kickstarter backers with a dual-core Snapdragon, 2.4-inch screen, telephony, and dual cameras. The lightweight Android Wear may be the future of Android smartwatches, but those looking for a more fully featured Android experience — and who don’t mind alerting the fashion police — can choose from beefier […]

Raspberry Pi add-on board controls entire buildings

Friday 8th of August 2014 05:27:09 PM
UniPi is seeking Indiegogo funding for a Raspberry Pi add-on for building automation with analog and digital I/O, changeover relays, and 1-Wire interfaces. The Raspberry Pi has found its way into many a home automation project, from lighting controls to automatic sprinkler systems, and is often used as a prototype for commercial systems. But is […]

Tiny Linux-ready ARM9 module targets secure IoT

Thursday 7th of August 2014 05:17:44 PM
Lantronix launched an IoT-oriented “PremierWave SE1000″ module with an ARM9 CPU, Fast Ethernet, a CGI-ready web server, security features, and a Linux SDK. The PremierWave SE1000 computer-on-module is intended for developing Internet of Things (IoT) applications with Ethernet and IPv6 requirements. The COM integrates an IPv6-ready TCP/IP stack, as well as a CGI-capable web server […]

Android head-up display responds to voice and gestures

Wednesday 6th of August 2014 09:30:58 PM
Navdy’s Android 4.4 based automotive head-up display (HUD) combines a projected display with voice and gesture controls to interact with smartphone apps. Transparent head-up displays (HUDs) are becoming increasingly available as pricey options for luxury cars, promising to improve driver safety by keeping eyes on the road. Now, San Francisco-based startup Navdy is introducing a […]

Gesture-controlled home automation hub runs Linux

Wednesday 6th of August 2014 07:06:20 PM
Pre-orders are open for “Ninja Sphere,” a $329 gesture-controlled home automation hub featuring Arduino hooks, ZigBee controls, and location tracking. Ninja Block hub Sydney, Australia-based Ninja Blocks was one of the earlier entries in the Linux home automation game. The startup’s open source Ninja Block hub launched on Kickstarter in 2012, and began shipping in […]

Linux Foundation offers training scholarships

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 11:12:20 PM
The Linux Foundation has opened submissions for its 2014 Linux Training Scholarship Program to fund classes in topics including embedded Linux and Yocto. The Linux Training Scholarship Program awards free tuition to Linux Foundation training courses for the most promising Linux developers, IT professionals, and students who lack the ability to attend. Last year, nearly […]

Rugged DAQ system runs real-time Linux

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 09:35:09 PM
NI unveiled a rugged 4-slot “CompactDAQ” system for data acquisition and control (DAQ), with real-time Linux, an Atom E3825, and optional sensor modules. Usually, when you have a choice of Windows or Linux, the Windows version costs more. In the case of the National Instruments (NI) CompactDAQ cDAQ-9134 Controller, however, it’s the Linux version that […]

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