The first Weekly Roundup after Christmas! I have an incredibly messy desk and we’re already seeing an explosion of SBCs hitting the market. There’s also voice recognition, RF and other cool bits.
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First up on Kickstarter …
… there’s another gamepad thingy. We’ve seen a lot of these in the past, but this one uses a Pi ZeroW for the grunt work and comes with a 480×320 touch display, speakers and lots of buttons you can mash which are accessible from an 32. Power is from two 18650 batteries that can be charged via USB.
The kit comes with 3D printed grips and laser cut acrylic case.
And another we’ve seen plenty of these in the past as well. This one is essentially an isolated USB to UART bridge using an FT231 and Si8642. Operates from 2.5 to 5v logic levels with isolation rating up to 2.5kv.
And there’s also been plenty of Pi based power management boards. The JuiceBox Zero is another one designed for the Pi Zero. It has status LEDs, on/off switch, LiPo charging via USB and low battery shutdown. From what I can see on the PCB, it seems to conform to the Pi standard for powering via GPIO.
The Quokka FPGA is the first FPGA board for 2018 and also another Ozzie Maker. This board runs the 50MHz clocked Altera Cyclone IV FPGA with 6,000 LE and pushes out 40 GPIOs, with 4 dual channel, 10bit ADCs, Hbridge driver and WiPy socket running off a 5 to 24v DC input.
His website has some fairly comprehensive documentation. So looks good.
Do you want to add voice capabilities to your Arduino? Patrick Thomas Mitchell is back with another campaign that does just that. The Little Buddy Talker is a pretty tiny board that provides a 254 word vocabulary, spoken in a female English voice. Access is over SPI.
Think I might pick up a couple of these.
This next one is something with a specific use-case. It’s an Ethernet to GPIO bridge that allows you to connect to UART TTL, RS485, nRF2401 and even a 2 channel ADC and DAC. Access is over standard telnet and can handle up to 6.5Mbps.
Want quick and easy control over a bunch of servo motors? The ServoShock2 allows you to control up to 12 servos and 18 digital outputs using a Sony DualShock 4 controller. Buttons and joysticks can be mapped using pre-configured mappings and since it’s an Arduino shield you can read the controller status via SPI.
Only one new thing on Crowd Supply this week…
Back in Weekly Roundup #49 I mentioned the Tomu. Well, now it’s live on Crowd Supply and seems to be creating some waves.
Since it’s a Cortex-M0 board that fits within the footprint of a USB port, it’s unobtrusive and handy enough just to leave in all the time.
I’ll be picking up a couple of these.
Over at GroupGets there is round 2 of the Z-turn board. If you want to get a decent FPGA board fairly cheaply, then this is a good option as there’s free shipping on this one.