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. 

19
Aug

PAPAGO! Is Giving Away Three GoSafe 200 Dashcams and $400 in cash!

PAPAGO! GoSafe 200 Dashcam and $400 Cash Give Away! 

PAPAGO! is hosting another contest in which contestants have a chance to win one of three GoSafe 200 Dash Cams. To enter the contest all you have to do is create a storyboard of a video you would like to shoot with a GoSafe 200 Dashcam. PAPAGO! will pick three lucky winners with the best storyboard idea, and will give then a free GoSafe 200 Dashcam for free. The three winners will shoot their video, edit it and post it online. PAPAGO! will then chose the best video out of the three and will give the winner a $400 gift card.

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12
Aug

Brace Yourselves, Processor Independence Is Coming!

 

 

Preview of E3 Embedded Systems' PIEP Development System

 About a year ago I was approached by a company called E3 Embedded Systems about consulting on a new development board project they were working on. I met with them at my local Makerspace, theClubhou.se, and we spent the better half of the day talking about their system, its goals, and what could make it better. I stayed in touch with E3 over the next several months, and just a few weeks ago, I received the very first full set of their new Processor Independent Embedded Platform, or PIEP for short.

22
Jul

Heather reviews the PAPAGO! GoSafe 200 Dash Cam + Giveaway!

PAPAGO! GoSafe 200 Dash Cam Review

PAPAGO! GoSafe 200 Dash Cam Review & Giveaway

Dash Cams are becoming ever more popular in todays fast paced world as a method to record evidence in the event of a crash while driving around, and PAPAGO is leading the way in Dash Cam innovation. For years Dash Cams have been big, bulky and overall eyesores suction cupped to the dases of our expensive cars and trucks, but the new GoSafe 200 tackles this issue with grace and style. In her first tech review, Heather from The Heathered Effect, takes an indepth look at the PAPAGO GoSafe 200 Dashcam. We are proud to partner with The Heathered Effect, and can not wait to see more of her videos! Check out the video review and giveaway information after the jump! 

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