Weekly Roundup #46 – New Maker Products // News


Hack-A-Day Anything Goes competition

WR-NMP46p11The HackADay “Anything Goes” competition has finished with twenty winners announced.

Like the BeagleLogic Standalone which can sample 16 channels at 100Msps. Fully compatible with sigrok and can stream over 1GbE.

Or a $4, 4 IC Z80 computer.

Or the MappyDot, with ATmega328PB, VL53LOX sensor in a tiny package. You interface to it over I2C and an auto-addressing scheme allows you to connect up to 112 devices.

Or an 8bit color computer built from discrete logic ICs. He’s even implemented a few 2 instructions per clock, instructions.

Hack-A-Day superconference

WR-NMP46p12If you’re in Pasadena on the 11th and 12th of November then you have to head over to the Hackaday Superconference. Two days of nerd talks. Nice. You can also pick up a really hackable SuperCon badge. Wonder if the burn marks will be present on all the badges?

AdaFruit trademarks

WR-NMP46p13Back in Weekly Roundup #45 we saw a bit of noise about AdaFruit and RadioShack. The word on the street is that it was just a bit of noise. However, they have just recently filed a trademark claim for the word “RadioFruit” and they already have products called that on their website.

Banana Pi M2 Magic

WR-NMP46p14One of the fruit shop guys have come out with a new SBC. We now have the Banana Pi M2 Magic. For US$23 you can get a quad core Cortex-A7 AllWinner A33 based board with 512M DDR3 RAM, optional 8 or 64G eMMC, SD slot, WiFi, Bluetooth using the AP6212, (what else), MIPI-CSI & DSI all on a 51mm square PCB.
This places it in direct competition with such boards as the Orange Pi R1 and NanoPi Neo Plus. Good to see some different product names appearing.

Gumstix Cobalt MC

WR-NMP46p15The Cobalt MC is pretty expensive, but it’s a board aimed at multimedia. It runs the 1GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 NXP iMX6 with 1G DDR2 RAM, SD slot, GbE, WiFi, Bluetooth using the WiLink8 module. It has a decent graphics engine on board that can handle a two 4 lane MIPI-CSI ports.

Olimex SOM204 format

WR-NMP46p16Olimex is back, this time with a new form factor board called the “SOM204“. This board is based on the AllWinner A20 with 1G RAM, 64G eMMC and GbE.
Their ultimate goal is to create SOM204 modules for the AllWinner A13, AM3352 and RK3188 SoCs.

SixFab’s 3G/4G/LTE Pi hat

WR-NMP46p17SixFab has a 4G/LTE hat for the Pi based on the Quectel EC25-E which plugs in via a mini PCIe socket. You can order one of these for a little over US$30. Even if you’re not interested in the Quectel module, which you have to purchase separately, this board might be a cheap way of adding a mini PCIe interface to the Pi.

PingPong IoT boards

WR-NMP46p18Fairly expensive, but they get the job done. If you’re in to some serious IoT, then one of these will give you a PIC32MZ running RTOS or Linux, 4G module, GNSS, 100MbE, WiFi, Bluetooth and an expansion header for NFC, RFID, Sigfox, LoRa and Iridium. This board is pretty serious stuff for serious developers.

Telegea Smart Hub

WR-NMP46p19DEK Italia have released DIN Rail format IoT gateway with a Raspberry Pi CM3 socket. It breaks out most of the goodies from the PI3 but also has an XBee expansion header, RTC and SHT21 sensor. Can be powered from USB or 24Vdc supply.

Gumstix Pi Conduit PoE

WR-NMP46p20Another Gumstix, this one providing PoE over GbE to a Pi CM3 socket. It also has a socket for the RHF0M301 LoRa module.

UniElec opensource router

WR-NMP46p21UniElec have released a so-called open-source router. Well, essentially every router is open-source even if the original manufacturer didn’t intend it to be. This board runs OpenWrt on an MT7621 with up to 512M DDR3 RAM, SD slot, SATA 3.0, miniPCIe for mSATA and an additional two miniPCIe for WiFi modules and 5 GbE ports. You can currently pick them up on AliExpress for around US$40.


WR-NMP46p22If I say the word “DragonWally” then you’d really have no idea what it is. Well, it’s a board that makes it easier for you to implement stereoscopic vision. It’s a 96boards compliant PCB that’s designed to fit on to a DragonBoard and has two 5MP cameras accessible over MIPI-DSI. Supports OpenCV out of the box as well as the AWS Rekognition API for facial recognition.

OpenBSD for the Orange Pi PC2

WR-NMP46p23The latest release of OpenBSD adds support for two new ARM cores, which are the AllWinner A64, AllWinner H5, BCM2837 and RK3399 SoC. So, you’ll now be able to run OpenBSD on a couple of Orange Pi SBCs, Pine 64, Firefly-RK3399, NanoPi Neo2 and PI 3. This means that possibly a scaled down version of FreeNAS will be heading our way soon. Nice.