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“ What is DiveDuino?
DiveDuino came to my mind since I am an active diver and I enjoy the sport. I am an electrical engineer and at work I came across with the Arduino platform. Dive computers are expensive, if you want all the fancy features, you can find some computers for about $150 USD and others for about $1500 USD. Every basic dive computer has this indicators: No Decompression Limit(NDL), depth, temperature and elapsed time. So why not create something with the help of the Arduino open source platform, I found a sensor that could interact with Arduino and the rest is the prototype that I am building.“
Project is still fund raising at Kickstarter http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1454384970/diveduino-diy-dive-logger?ref=ending_soon
„Hack-a-Gecko project by Anders and Adam
How to make a very slim watch and keep battery life long? In this Hack-a-Gecko project, they tried to catch two birds with one stone.
We thought it would be cool to utilize the extremely low power EFM32 in combination with an extremely low power display to create a wrist watch demo application. And usually, the smaller and thinner something is, the cooler it is. (Admittedly, wrist watches do not necessarily follow this trend… big watches.)
Anyway, we wanted it slim. The starting point was the memory LCD display from Sharp (link). It is truly a Nano ampere display technology. And it is also thin, only 0.75 mm. A watch also needs a battery, cool new technologies exist such as the Thinergy battery, but the voltage of 4.1 V is a bit awkward. We decided to use a standard 3.0V CR1616 cell as it can power the EFM32 and display directly. Thickness of battery + display is 2.35 mm, is it possible to design the electronics as well within this thickness limit…? Challenge accepted!“
The good news, Apple and Google seems to be friends again. The google maps app is still back to iOS 6. But Samsung uses the map ‚problem‘ of iOS to place a funny advertisment in Australia.
(Credit: Nic Healey/CNET)
“ Technical Details
APC runs a custom Android system, built for keyboard and mouse input. A basic selection of applications is preinstalled. Also included is a full set of consumer I/O ports, enabling APC to connect to your PC monitor or TV.
|Software||Android 2.3 (PC System)|
|Chip||VIA 800MHz Processor|
|Memory||DDR3 512MB Memory
2GB NAND Flash
|Graphics||Built-in 2D/3D Graphic
Resolution up to 720p
|Input and Output||HDMI
USB 2.0 (x4)
Audio out / Mic in
|Size||170 x 85mm (W x H)
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„Having recently received my Raspberry Pi, one of the first things I wanted to do was hook up a real-time clock chip I had lying around (a NXP PCF8563) and learn how to drive I2C from the BCM2835 hardware registers. Turns out it’s quite easy to do, and I think makes a useful project to learn with.
So, here are some notes I made getting it to work, initially with Chris Boot’s forked kernel that incorporates some I2C handling code created by Frank Buss into the kernel’s I2C bus driver framework.“
(c) Kevin Sangeelee
„The combination of connecting a Raspberry Pi to COSM makes creating a internet of things much easier than it has been in the past. The Pi with it’s easy access to ethernet / WiFi and COSM’s drop dead simple usability will graph all sensor data you send to it.
This tutorial explains how to connect a analog temperature sensor to the Pi and use a small python script to upload that data for storage and graphing on COSM.
„Pi-Face Digital is the first of a range of interfaces to allow the Raspberry Pi to control and manipulate the real world.
It allows the Raspberry Pi to read switches connected to it – a door sensor or pressure pad perhaps, a microswitch or reed switch, or a hand held button.
With appropriate easy to write code, the Raspberry Pi then drives outputs, powering motors, actuator, LEDs, light bulbs or anything you can imagine to respond to the inputs.
Pi-Face Digital Interface
- Allows you to control lights, motors etc.
- Sense inputs
- Creditcard size, stacks on top of Raspberry Pi
- Buffered to protect the Raspberry Pi
- Easy to connect with screw terminals
- Program in Scratch or Python
- Test with onscreen simulator
The University of Manchester – School of Computer Science
“ phatIO – a different way of interfacing a computer with the world.
When plugged into a computer’s USB port, phatIO (pronounced “fat-eye-oh”) appears as a USB filesystem/memory stick. You can control devices connected to phatIO by writing to files on that filesystem. Any computer that can write to a USB memory stick and any program/language that can write to a file can talk to phatIO.
phatIO significantly reduces the effort needed to control things with a computer – no drivers have to be installed or low level libraries used. Each of the 20 general purpose IO pins can be controlled by saving a “0” or “1” to their control file. Some features:
- Small and compact (44 by 36mm), with a 2×14 IO socket. Great for embedding or use on a Breadboard
- File based IO for each of the 20 Digital IO pins (12 are also ADC inputs and 5 PWM outputs). See an example 8 line shell script Larson Scanner
- Customizable config driven drivers and device files to interface more complex devices behind a file. For example, a TWI interface LED display controlled by writing “1234” to a file on phatIO
- Event and schedule driven system to execute actions when a digital or analogue condition occurs
- Simulate typing on a USB keyboard with a few lines of config
- Upgradable by dragging the new version to the phatIO filesystem“