Call for topics for open-source embedded systems education projects

It’s that time again, time to start gathering project ideas and possible mentors for Google Summer of Code. This year, you can be a student even if you aren’t enrolled in school! That’s got me thinking about the key areas we need to help advance education around open source embedded systems. One of the early Beagle community development focuses was software defined radio (SDR). With updates to available CBRS bands, enabling personally unlicensed 5G small cell creation, and unlicensed radio frequency (sub-GHz) low-power wireless networks like IEEE 802.15.4, LoRa, and Wi-SUN, and many new silicon solutions, there are many opportunities … Continue reading Call for topics for open-source embedded systems education projects

BeagleBone Black project spotlight: LOGi-Bone

By Tara Stratton As working professionals, Michael Jones, Jonathan Piat and their team at Valent F(x) know that interfacing with FPGA boards can be a clunky and cumbersome process. With these complexities of electronic design in mind, they strove to devise a more user-friendly, plug-and-play method to, as Michael put it, “make even students and hobbyists smile.” As a result, the folks at Valent F(x) developed the LOGi family of FPGA development boards. According to Michael, these boards “were created with a dual-use purpose: to limit the sharp learning curve associated with FPGA development and to enable the unification of … Continue reading BeagleBone Black project spotlight: LOGi-Bone

BeagleBone Black project spotlight: BBot robot

By Tara Stratton What’s your perfect vacation? Mine involves sitting out by the pool under the sun as people deliver me ice-cold drinks. Andy Gikling seems to have a similar dream, and he figured out a way to live the good life every weekend—by developing the BBot robot! The BBot is an open source, remote-controlled drink serving robot. This “cooler camel” puts a cooler on a mini trailer and delivers drinks to people at the pool. As Andy put it, “Why not have a robot go get the drinks? It’s 2013 people!” And with the ability to haul 30-40 lbs, … Continue reading BeagleBone Black project spotlight: BBot robot