AdaFruit, Seeed, SparkFun, DFRobot, DigiKey
And over at Seeed Studio they have an update on their CAN bus shield. The newer version has selectable OBD-II or CAN standard pinouts, SD slot and a few other changes to make it easier to hack your car.
Back in Weekly Roundup #38 I mentioned Microsoft’s Azure development board. Well you can now pick it up at Seeed Studio on back-order.
DFrobot also have this cool bone conduction kit. Which isn’t something that comes from a mad scientist, but rather allows you to play music directly into your inner ear by vibrating your skull. OK. Maybe it does sound like a mad scientist, but this is cool. It allows you to hear ambient noise around you while listening to the music of your choice.
If you are going to be doing some serious coding on ARM based MCUs, you could use the OpenOCD and Raspberry Pi method, or just pick up a Segger J-link adaptor. At US$20 a pop it’s well worth it.
The SAMD51 is the next series in SAMD MCUs. It’s a step up from the SAMD21 with 1Ms/s ADC and DAC, crypto engine, CAN bus, SD and MMC controller and running on 1.8v logic levels. AdaFruit will be soon releasing an Arduino compatible board based on this mighty chip.
The RageBridge comes at a serious price, but it is for people wanting serious control over DC motors. It can control 2 DC motors at 40A continuous or 90A burst on a 8 to 40v DC supply. Control is via UART, RC radio or analog.
Over at DigiKey there is the BeagleBone X15 board, which is an expensive SBC, but has 2G DDR3 RAM, 4GB eMMC, 2x GbE ports, 3x USB3.0, eSATA, mSATA, SD, 2x C66 DSPs, 2x Cortex-M4 MCUs and 4 Programmable real-time units. This is a board built for real-time applications and allows you to create software defined peripherals and video encoding and decoding.