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This week’s Weekly Roundup there’s a serious amount of new SBCs, as well as the usual AI boards and thankfully we’re well past all those stupid robots that we saw last year.
First up on Kickstarter …
The Proxmark3 is a general purpose test equipment aimed at RFID. It allows you to listen and replay any NFC and RFID traffic between 125kHz and 13.56MHz. Interface is via Bluetooth or USB and runs the Atmel SAM7S SoC. No indication of whether you can update with your own firmware or not, but if you’re in to RFID hacking then this looks pretty good.
We’ve seen a lot of STEM education kits in past Weekly Roundups. The Leguino is yet another one that is based on Lego bricks, but they’ve minimized their hardware investment by enclosing common platforms, such as the Arduino Uno, Arduino Nano and Raspberry Pi into Lego enclosures. So, you can code up using all the familiar tools, but they heavily support Visuino.
They also have created a bunch of add-ons, such as; displays, servos and gears, switches, buttons, LEDs, microphones, sensors, and battery and breadboard units.
Vion is a Bluetooth multimeter. It won’t be able to take on Dave Jones’ multimeter for quality, but comes in cheaper. You can measure the traditional way, or install an iPhone or Android app to query the meter.
It has some expected features such as auto-measuring, but some cool ones like voice assisted measurement.
The specs aren’t fantastic, but for the price it is OK.
My prediction of 2018 as being the year of the FPGA for Makers is heating up. Here’s another FPGA breakout board based on the Lattice LCMX02 series, but this one is interesting as their goal isn’t just to make a breakout board, but provide a full education system as well.
It’s a hard sell trying to teach FPGAs to beginners. So, it’ll be interesting to see how this one goes.
The Raspberry Boom is a Pi hat that aims to detect infrasonic waves. These are sound waves that are below human hearing which is 20 Hz and below and since frequencies that low travel long distances you can pick up interesting things such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tornados, explosions, meteorites and aliens… apparently.
The early bird price of US$279 is steep, but that gives you the Pi, SD card, hat, enclosure, power supply and mobile app.
Over at IndieGoGo, there’s an Open Hardware pick and place machine. If you’ve ever made more than a handful of your own PCBs, then you’ll understand the frustration working with tiny components. A P&P will automatically pick up and place components on to a PCB for you.
Normally, they are pretty expensive – around US$4000, but with this campaign you can get one for under a grand that supports vision control of components down to 201s, with a 400 by 250mm work area.
Over at CrowdSupply there’s a datacentre-in-a-box in pre-launch. The Circumference provides power, cooling and gigabit network switch for up to 32 nodes based on either the Raspberry Pi or UDOO X86.
The main control unit is a standard PC that provides control over cooling, power and access to node consoles.