12.05 in San Fransisco, Samsung announced the ARTIK platform to allow faster, simpler development of applications for the Internet of Things (IoT). ARTIK is an open platform that includes a best-in-class family of integrated production-ready modules, advanced software, development boards, drivers, tools, security features and cloud connectivity designed to help accelerate development of a new generation of better, smarter IoT devices, solutions and services.
Important case for all of potential users is fact that Samsung has joined the Arduino Certified Program with the launch of its new ARTIK platform. The ARTIK family are now Arduino Certified processors that are compatible with the Arduino ecosystem. The ARTIK platform can be programmed utilizing the Arduino Software Development Environment (IDE), allowing developers the benefit of the Arduino community. Arduino integration creates easier access to developement for all of makers, hobbyists and first-time hardware programmers. Behind Artik is a new cloud service, the SmartThings Open Cloud, a cloud service available to developers who use the Artik modules, meant to make it easier for people to create apps and services for IoT devices.
A new Arduino development board, codename Zero was officially announced on May 15th, 2014.
It is 32-bit extension of current flagship – Arduino Uno. Parameteres: 256KB of Flash memory, 32KB of static RAM, 168KB EEPROM, 6 communication modules that can be configured as UART, I2C or SPI. Can act as USB device or host (2 connectors on board).
Zero supports also Atmel’s Embedded Debugger.
Extreme small size-factor computer was announced by Intel during CES 2014. Dual-core PC with Intel Quark CPU (400MHz) with WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 (LE) is crumpled into SD-card case. This amazing little device has potential to trigger new wave of interesting projects in many fields.
Apparently, this is the month of new Arduino premieres. After Yun and Galileo we’ve got Arduino TRE. It looks a bit like marriage of Arduino Leonardo and BeagleBone (Texas Instruments).
It consists ATmega32u4 with headers like in Leonardo and TI Sitara ARM Cortex A-8 processor running at 1GHz with 512 MB of RAM. Additional I/Os are: 10/100 Ethernet, HDMI out, USB host and device ports, and connectors intended for an LCD and a ZigBee. Statement from Arduino’s blog:
Arduino TRE, based on the Texas Instruments Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 processor is the “most powerful Arduino to date” and the first that will be able to run “full Linux.”
Source: Arduino Blog.
Intel announced introduction of Arduino-compatible development board powered by Intel Quark SoC running at 400MHz with 256 MB of DRAM.
It will also have a Mini-PCIe slot, 100Mb Ethernet port, Micro SD slot, RS-232, and USB host and client ports. Codename – Galileo.
Engineers from the University of California, San Diego developed miniaturized wide-angle lens that is 1/10 of the size of traditional wide-angle lenses (see photo below) and “it can image anything between half a meter and 500 meters away (a 100x range of focus) and boasts the equivalent of 20/10 human vision (0.2-milliradian resolution)”. Can’t wait to see it widely adopted.
Source: UCDS Jacobs
Schneider-Kreuznach announced new lenses for DSLRs. For us they are interesting because of gears on the focus and diaphragm rings.
This make them a perfect stuff for remote controlled camera sets.
Company has also zoom lens in future plans.
If you need something really strong in really small size factor, please take a look at ONDROID-U2 board.
Features? They are:
- 1.7Ghz ARM Cortex-A9 Quad Core (Samsung Exynos4412 Prime) CPU
- Mali-400 Quad Core 440MHz graphic controller
- 2GB RAM
- 2 x USB2.0 Host port
- 10/100Mbps Ethernet with RJ-45 LAN Jack
- Video: 1080p via HDMI cable(H.264+AAC based MP4)
- Audio codec with headphone jack and microphone on board
- MicroSD Card Slot
- System: Android 4.x & Ubuntu 12.10
And the price tag is 89$. Really nice