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Submission + - Google Seeks Dev Feedback for Putting AI on Raspberry Pi (

DeviceGuru writes: Google is planning to deliver tools for the Raspberry Pi later this year built around its artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, according to a Raspberry Pi Foundation blog post. The Google survey seeks to determine what kind of tools Raspberry Pi developers would find most useful. The survey includes questions about the use of software vs. hardware components, as well as plans for near-term development in categories like 3D printing, machine learning, wearables, drones, home automation, IoT, and robotics. Interested devs can participate the survey here.

Submission + - Ringing in 2017 With 90 Hacker Friendly Single Board Computers (

DeviceGuru writes: HackerBoards has just published its annual New Year's round-up of Linux- and Android-friendly single board computers. This time around, there are 90 boards in the list, all of which are briefly profiled with links to their sources. There's also a big Google Docs spreadsheet that compares the key specs of all 90 boards, which range in price from $5 to $199 for their lowest cost models. "Community backed, open spec single board computers running Linux and Android... play a key role in developing the Internet of Things devices that will increasingly dominate our technology economy in the coming years," says the post.

Submission + - Silicon Valley Readers Can Easily View the SpaceX Falcon 9 Return to Flight (

Bruce Perens writes: A rocket launch is an awesome thing to see. The SpaceX Falcon 9, carrying 10 Iridium satellites, is expected to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, an easy (if somewhat tedious) drive from the San Francisco Bay Area, on Sunday, January 8. There's a chance, of course, that you won't see the launch, as launches frequently scrub and reschedule, etc. My success record is about 1 in 3 so far. But you can join me in trying to see the SpaceX Falcon 9 return to flight this Sunday by following these instructions.

Submission + - Intel's Euclid Module is a Brain, Vision, Sensor, and Hotspot for Robots (

DeviceGuru writes: At the Intel Developer Conference in San Francisco last week, Intel showed off a prototype of an Intel Euclid robotics controller, equipped with a stereo depth-sensing Intel RealSense camera and running an Ubuntu/ROS stack. Designed for researchers, makers, and robotics developers, the device is a self contained, candy-bar sized compute module ready to pop into a robot. It’s augmented with a WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth, GPS, and IR, as well as proximity, motion, barometric pressure sensors. There’s also a snap-on battery. The device is preinstalled with Ubuntu 14.04 with Robot Operating System (ROS) Indigo, and can act as a supervisory processor to, say, an Arduino subsystem that controls a robot's low-level functions. Intel demoed a Euclid driven robot running an obstacle avoidance and follow-me tasks, including during CEO Brian Krzanich's keynote (YouTube video).

Submission + - Intel Unveils Tiny Joule IoT Module with Ostro Linux Support (

DeviceGuru writes: At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2016 in San Francisco today, Intel unveiled a tiny Joule computer-on-module that targets makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs developing Internet of Things devices. The 48 x 24 x 3.5mm Joule module integrates a 64-bit quad-core Atom SoC, up to 4GB RAM and 16GB eMMC, plus BT/WiFi, 4K video, CSI/DSI, GPIO, USB, and UART I/O, and is supported with the IoT-oriented, Yocto Project-based Ostro Linux distribution, plus an open-source carrier board and comprehensive software dev kit from Intel.

Submission + - Heartbreaking Statement From Stanford Rape Victim (

An anonymous reader writes: An article at PaloAltoOnline unveils the transcript of a heart breaking statement in court, by a 23-year-old college graduate who was sexually assaulted by former Stanford University student Brock Turner. The woman, referred to as 'Emily Doe' to protect her identity, turned to look at her assaulter and delivered what Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen called 'the most eloquent, powerful and compelling piece of victim advocacy that I've seen in my 20 years as a prosecutor.'

Submission + - Annual Hacker SBC Survey Kicks Off with 81 Boards in Tow (

DeviceGuru writes: The big annual Spring survey of Linux-friendly SBCs just launched at, with twelve single-board computers being offered as giveaways for participants. This year's survey includes 81 boards, up from 53 a year ago and just 32 in 2004. Although only boards costing $200 or less are included, the performance range is much wider than previously, ranging from the $9 NextThing CHIP with 1x Cortex-A8 core and 512MB RAM, to the $199 Arndale Octa with an 1.8GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 5420 SoC and 3GB RAM — and everything in between, including the new quad-core 64-bit 1.2GHz Raspberry Pi 3. The market of maker/hacker SBCs appears to be growing exponentially, and with IoT being on everyone's lips it's probably not going to slow down anytime soon.

Submission + - Sneak Peek: Arduino Srl's Primo and Primo Core IoT Duo (

DeviceGuru writes: Arduino Srl will unveil a wireless-rich, IoT oriented Arduino Primo SBC and companion Primo Core module family at the Maker Faire in San Mateo, Calif. on Friday. The new boards don’t run their sketches on the traditional Atmega32 MCU. Instead the boards substitute a more powerful MPU that’s located in an IoT-oriented Nordic Semiconductor nRF52 wireless system-on-chip. The Nordic chip implements BLE, NFC, and IR, while an Esspresif ESP8266 chip handles WiFi functions and connectivity. To make matters more interesting, there's also an STM32L0 MCU for supervisory tasks. The 40x40mm-diameter Primo Core module only includes the Nordic chip, and has more limited functionality. Arduino says both boards run standard Arduino sketches without modification, are programmed using the familiar Arduino IDE. The Primo SBC adds Arduino shields expansion to the mix.

Submission + - Brazilians Launch Tiny $1 STEM-Oriented Microcontroller Board (

DeviceGuru writes: A team of Brazilian developers has just revealed an open source microcontroller board called the One Dollar Board, that's so simple and inexpensive that it can be distributed as standard teaching materials to kids in schools the world over. The tiny board appears contain a single 8-pin microcontroller chip, along with a handful of passive components, making it considerably simpler and lower-cost than the similarly STEM-oriented and open-sourced BBC Micro:bit board. page. More details about the One Dollar Board are at its Indiegogo campaign page, where you can get one for a contribution of $1 (duh!), plus unspecified shipping and import duties.

Submission + - OpenWrt Fork Promises Greater Openness (

DeviceGuru writes: The ubiquitous, router-oriented, lightweight OpenWRT embedded Linux distribution is being forked by some of OpenWRT's core developers into a new Linux Embedded Development Environment (LEDE) distribution. The new distro's goal is to provide greater transparency, inclusiveness, and decentralization than the current OpenWrt project. The LEDE project is billed as both a 'reboot' and 'spinoff' distro that will make it 'easy for developers, system administrators, or other Linux enthusiasts to build and customize software for embedded devices, especially wireless routers,' according to the group. The ELEC announcement, which was signed by Jo-Philipp Wich and six other former OpenWrt core members, claims that LEDE represents a significant share of the most active members of the OpenWrt community.

Submission + - FPGA Driven Board is an Arduino Uno Clone on Steroids (

DeviceGuru writes: AloriumTech has developed an Arduino Uno drop-in replacement board powered by an FPGA, enabling significantly faster performance of hardware-accelerated functions. The XLR8 board matches the Arduino Uno's footprint, expands with Uno shields, and runs sketches designed for any ATmega328 Arduino compatible boards. Also, you can program it using the standard Arduino IDE. The FPGA enables development of hardware-accelerated functional units called Xcelerator Blocks (XBs). Initial XBs include NeoPixel control, Servo control, and floating point math, but many more XBs are expected to be added over time by both AloriumTech and the board's user community.

Submission + - 50 Embedded Linux Conference Presentation Slide Decks Now Available (

DeviceGuru writes: The Linux Foundation has posted slide presentations from this week’s Embedded Linux Conference, which featured the first ever ELC keynote by Linus Torvalds. Well over 100 technical presentations were presented at ELC, many of which are now available in posted slide shows. In addition to sessions detailing updates on traditional embedded Linux technologies such as security, memory management, real-time Linux, interfaces, cryptography, debugging, and the like, you’ll find presentations on drones, robots, Project ARA, the Chip SBC, and much more.

Submission + - Meet Linux's Little Brother Zephyr, a Tiny Open Source IoT RTOS (

DeviceGuru writes: The Linux Foundation has launched the Zephyr Project, to foster an open source, small footprint, modular, scalable, connected, real-time OS for IoT devices. The Zephyr Project’s RTOS implements both a small footpoint microkernel and an even tinier nanokernel, and is the result of Wind River contributing its Rocket RTOS kernel to the Zephyr Project. (Wind's Rocket RTOS will now become a downstream commercial distribution based on Zephyr sources.) To get a sense of Zephyr's benefit, its nanokernel is said to be able to run in as little as 10KB of RAM on 32-bit microcontrollers, whereas a minimalistic Linux implementation like uClinux needs upwards of 200KB. The Linux Foundation hopes to see cross-project collaboration between the Zephyr and Linux communities. Technical details are at the Zephyr site.

Submission + - Ringing in 2016 with 64 Hacker Friendly Single Board Computers (

An anonymous reader writes: This year, we’ve seen some incredible price/performance breakthroughs in low-cost single board computers. LinuxGizmos has put together a compilation of 64 low-cost, hacker friendly SBCs that are all available in models that cost less than $200, with many well below $100, including Shenzhen Xunlong’s $15 quad-core Orange Pi PC, Next Thing's $9 to $24 Chip, and the $5-and-up Raspberry Pi Zero. Processors range from low-end 32-bit single core ARM chips, to 64-bit ARM, x86, and MIPS parts, and with clock rates from 300MHz to 2GHz. This year even saw the arrival of low-cost SBCs based on octa-core processors, such as the $88 Banana Pi M3.

Submission + - New Freescale i.MX7 Processor Line Takes Aim at IoT (

DeviceGuru writes: Freescale has unveiled a new i.MX7 embedded processor family. The family launches with two parts having one or two Cortex-A7 cores, along with Cortex-M4 microcontroller cores, and boasts much lower power consumption than the company's popular i.MX6 embedded processors, making it ideal for power constrained Internet of Things applications. The i.MX7 is Freescale’s second i.MX family to use Coretex-A7 cores, and its first to move backward in performance, although significantly upward in power efficiency — a testament to how IoT is impacting the semiconductor business. Like the recently introduced i.MX6 UltraLite, the initial i.MX7 parts are limited to 2D image processing in hardware. An ARMv8 Cortex-A53 based i.MX8 line is also under development, and is expected to be announced next year with 2016 or 2017 availability.

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