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    Life of (Raspberry) Pi

    By Richard Wallace | December 9, 2014

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    The credit card-sized Raspberry Pi single-board computer has had a huge impact on education. But it is in the high tech commercial and industrial computer markets that the UK, not-for-profit Raspberry Pi Foundation may find its biggest success.

    It’s still early days, but two years after Raspberry Pi launched its first product, there are growing indications that this new class of lean, cheap, powerful single-board computers is poised to accelerate the ‘democratization of innovation’ not just in education, but in global industry as well.

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      Raspberry Pi tablet opens access to the masses

      Developers, hobbyists, makers and engineers who enjoy using Raspberry Pi might find a new Kickstarter project for an open Raspberry Pi tablet called Raspitab worth further investigation.

      As a target platform for personal computing the tablet has long shown great promise as a robust form factor, well suited as the logical, potential delivery point/control console for all of the essential technology services and network transactions we engage in daily.

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        Italian designer’s 3D printed automobile takes disruptive technology lane at manufacturing event

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        If you are in Italy today to attend the Open Hardware Summit in Rome you may have to be a lot more creative about getting to and from the event than you might have planned, the event organizer advises, noting in a recent email to attendees that a public transportation strike in Italy today may strand some travelers whom it advises to “take a taxi or Uber if needed!”

        One day open hardware advocates my have a third option: print your own ride.

        Robotics & AI, Open Source, 3D printing, Computer Platforms

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          New ‘soft robotics’ EE tool kit paves way to softer, flexible, open engineering robotics designs

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          Building a robot?

          Until recently, designing and fabricating robotic devices required access to expensive milling machines, lathes, drill presses and other complex hard metal cutting, boring and industrial bending tools.

          Today, ready access to  low-cost 3D printing, laser cutters, and other advances in manufacturing technology is ushering in the new age of “soft robotics” which is based on fabrication principles drawn from conventional rigid robot design applied to a new generation of pliable materials.

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            Broadcom adds Wi-Fi to Pi

            Broadcom’s USB hub and Wi-Fi adapter for Raspberry Pi

            Any announcement by Broadcom around the Raspberry Pi microcomputer board bears watching. After all, Broadcom’s BCM2835 applications processor (a multimedia system-on-chip built around an ARM core) is the computing engine. And, Eben Upton, the man responsible for the hardware and software architecture of the board (and a former trustee of the Raspberry Pi foundation) is a technical director at Broadcom.

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              The open source CPU: A spark for innovation, or a damp squib?

              David Patterson of Berkeley is leading the charge for an open source CPU architecture

              Open source prototyping boards like Arduino and Raspberry Pi have succeeded dramatically in “democratizing” innovation by making low-cost hardware widely accessible. But the “openness” of these systems stops at the edge of the chip package; the microcontroller brains of these boards are impenetrable black boxes.

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                Rome Summit, new book, herald spreading, global expansion of open source hardware movement

                 

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                Inside and outside the open source hardware community it is still early days, especially for the development of universally available open hardware to support electronics systems development. But thanks to the concerted, dedicated efforts of a small but growing association, the open source hardware movement is ploughing headlong into the future.

                The association, called, OSHWA, has been around long enough to have had four summits, all of them held at venues in the U.S.

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                  New Wintel alliance targets the maker-space

                  52cc3b47ce395f04388b456bThe so-called “Wintel” alliance – Microsoft Windows optimized to run on Intel microprocessor architecture – powered the PC industry for decades. But with the rise of mobile computing, both Microsoft and Intel cozied up to other partners: Microsoft’s Surface runs on ARM products; Intel is at the heart of Google’s Chromebooks, to say nothing of Apple’s MacBooks.