10
Nov

The Raspberry Pi Model A+ has arrived!

Raspberry Pi Model A+ has been released!

The new Raspberry Pi A+ is smaller, faster, and packs a punch

This morning the Raspberry Pi Foundation released its update to the Model A revision of the Raspberry Pi. The new Raspberry Pi Model A+ features the same BCM2835 processor, and 256MB of RAM that the previous Model A utilized, but the Model A+ differs in size, power consumption, and clutter. The Model A+ features a 40-pin GPIO connectort now which breaks out additional GPIO pins as well as conforms to the new HAT standard for better module board compatibility.

8
Nov

FTDI Responds to FT232 Driver Fallout

FTDIGate FTDI Bricks Counterfeit Chips

FTDI Responds To Counterfeit Bricking Uproar

A few weeks ago the maker / tech consumer world was sent into an uproar when it was revealed that FTDI had snuck in an updated version of its FT232 drivers and included a feature that bricked any device using a counterfeit FT232 chip. This obviously caused a huge PR issue for FTDI in both the hobbyist community as well as the professional EE community as there is very little evidence if any at all as to which chip manufacturers were using in off-the-shelf devices. It appears that FTDI has back-peddled some and has removed the driver from the windows update, as well as issuing an official statement. The statement has been quoted in full at the bottom of this post.

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27
Oct

[Element14 X-Post] RSS News Reader Using Drupal and the BeagleBone Black

BeagleBone Black RSS News Reader using Drupal.

BeagleBone Black RSS News Reader Built With Drupal

In his latest posting on Element14.com, TMWB founder Charles Gant takes us into the world of Drupal as translated to the BeagleBone Black. Charles configures a traditional LAMP server on the BeagleBone Black as the stock lighhttpd configuration was proving to be troublesome. The tutorial coveres the entire process of building a desktop RSS News Reader from the ground up using  nothing but a BeagleBone Black, the BB View_70* Optional, and the Drupal CMS webframework. Charles covers the basics of getting started with Drupal as well and overall the tutorial is one of the most informative we have ever seen. Head over to Element14.com and check it out!  

22
Oct

Windows update bricks devices with counterfeit FTDI FT232 chips.

Counterfeit FTDI Chips Being Bricked By New Windows Update

Just a quick FYI for all of of our readers in the Maker and EE worlds, if you have an off-brand Arduino, 3D Printer running anything other than an official controller board with an official Arduino, or any other USB-based microcontroller that may run an FTDI FT232 chip, the latest Windows update installs a new FTDI driver that essentially bricks any USB device that is running a counterfeit FTFI chip. Basically the new driver reprograms the USB PID to 0 on the chip, which renders it "invisible" to any Windows, Linux, or OSX device. Keep reading to learn how to fix this issue. 

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17
Oct

PAPAGO! Joins the Fitness Band world with the new GOLIFE Care Smart Banc.

PAPAGO! Launches GOLIFE Care Smart Band Fitness Tracker

PAPAGO! has just announced the launch of its latest forray into the fitness tracking world. The GOLIFE Care Smart Band is the latest addition to the ever-growing wearable fitness band market, and is looking to be one of the more affordable yet still feature ritch bands on the market. Continue reading after the jump for more information! 

26
Aug

3D Printing a stand for the 7-inch BB View LCD and BeagleBone Black

BeagleBone Black BB View 7-inch LCD Stand

3D Printed Stand for 7" BB View and BeagleBone Black

While working on a series of projects for Element14 I found the need to mount a 7-inch BB View Touchscreen LCD to something that would easily allow for development around the screen. A quick search on Thingiverse yeilded me several BeagleBone Black cases, but only one stand for the 7-inch BB View Touchscreen LCD. Fortunately this mounting solution was exactly what I was looking for! It allowed me to mount the screen at an angle for better desktop viewing, as well as providing a mount behind the screen for the BeagleBone Black and the BB View Cape. I printed the entire mount in a plate on my Lulzbot AO-100. Total printing time was about an hour with a 0.35 layer height and an average print speed of 60mm/sec. Infill was set to 0.60 and support was turned on at default settings in Slic3r. 

21
Aug

Overview of the PIEP system from E3 Embedded Systems

Overview / Review of the E3 Embedded Systems Processor Independent Embedded Platform PIEP development Kit

Processor Independent Development Has Arrived!

About a year ago, I was contacted by a friend who told me about a company local to my area who I had to meet. After some email exchanges, we agreed to meet at my Makerspace, theClubhou.se, on a warm Saturday morning in September of 2013. When I arrived at theClubhou.se I was greeted by Kevin Huffman and Chad DeMeyers, owners of E3 Embedded Systems.  Along with them was my longtime friend, Chris Williamson, who was consulting on E3’s exciting new development system they were calling the PIEP system. During that first meeting, E3 began shooting portions of their Kickstarter video, and I was filmed while offering my opinion on the system. Below is that video.