The biggest FOSS/OSHW event in Bulgaria – Open Fest is 3-4 of November

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Our favorite Open Source event – OpenFest is approaching. Every time I go there I do wonder how small Bulgaria attracts so many people there – thousands of people meet together. Probably the answer is that IT is developing very well and lot of people in Bulgaria work in IT industry.

I’m really pleased to announce that my proposal to talk about LoRa/TTN/LoRaWAN myths, possibilities, applications and limitations is approved! I will try to compare all popular LPWAN solutions, why LoRa is leading there (hint: open source 😉 ) and how you can calculate your power requirements, link budged etc to make sure your application will work with years on battery.

eduArdu is new Open Source Hardware educational board targeting kid’s digital education

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Few weeks ago we got contacted by Digital Kidz an non for profit foundation which goals are to support digital literacy and innovative education in the schools. They needed hardware board, which to be easy to use and to allow entry level programming with Scratch and Arduino for beginners. They were ready to pay for the development, but we liked the idea and decided to design one such board for free and release it as Open Source Hardware.

The result is here:

eduArdu-explained

The design is based on ATmega32U4 which is easily programmable with Arduino IDE. We named it “eduArdu” as this is educational board programmable with Arduino.

eduArdu has these features:

  • USB connector for programming and power supply
  • red LED matrix 8×8 which allow text and small image animations
  • X-Y Joystick with push button for navigation
  • Microphone for Audio sensing and interactions
  • Speaker for Audio output
  • Light sensor with LDR
  • Digital temperature sensor
  • RGB LED
  • Status LED
  • IR remote control LED and receiver to talk to other boards, TVs, Air conditioners, etc.
  • PIR motion detector up to 6 meter range
  • UltraSound distance measurement sensor
  • Two SERVO motor connectors (to build easily two wheel robot car)
  • LiPo charger so the whole board may work on LiPO power
  • 6 Makey-Makey style buttons
  • UEXT connector for additional modules

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The board is shaped like Game console. The first prototypes will be ready in 2 weeks.

Target sale price is EUR 15.00

ESP32-GATEWAY-EA revision with external antenna is in stock

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Our popular ESP32-GATEWAY board now have revision with external antenna ESP32-GATEWAY-EA. Metal enclosure is on the way too.

New ESP32 Development board in stock ESP32-DevKit-Lipo target handheld applications with build in LiPo charger

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ESP32-DevKit-Lipo is pin to pin compatible with Espressif ESP32-CoreBoard (ESP32-DevKitC) board, but adds additional LiPo charger and battery connector, allowing board to work from LiPo battery when external power supply is missing.

Tomorrow 16.10 at SofUnitConf in Paradise Center in Sofia we will have Workshop with this board to show how easily it could be programmed with JavaScript and Espruino.

Powered by the Open Source Community ideas KiCAD is leading with new useful features which are missing even in the high end paid “professional” CAD products

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KiCAD got a lot of attention from Open Source and Maker community after Eagle was bought by Autodesk and moved to paid subscription model. This definitely was the most silly idea for CAD tool monetarization as on practice make all projects designed with Eagle owned by Autodesk and they can cut you from using them at any point they decide.

We know that in Open Source community size is vital for the project development. KiCAD obviously gained lot of community for the last two years and this starts to pay off.

Two weeks ago one interesting project was released:

Interactive HTML BOM generation plugin for KiCad EDA

Very useful tool for people who build prototypes it shows interactively where every part from the BOM to be placed on the board.

We didn’t have time even to check it while new amazing project is released:

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uConfig

This tool create KiCAD components by extracting the component info from PDF datasheet. Just imagine how much time this will spare when create 300-400 pin BGA component.

With such rapid development KiCAD is becoming leader with unique features which are missing the other paid “professional” CAD EDA products.

This once again proves the advantages of community driven Open Source development – the products become just better as many people think and develop together.

ESP32-POE Open Source Hardware IoT development board with WiFi/BLE/100Mb Ethernet with 802.3 POE is in stock!

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ESP32-POE board is now in stock. The prices start from EUR 14.36 for 50 pcs order.

This board offers Open Source Hardware / FOSS solution and building block for distributed sensor network with power over existing LAN infrastructure.

Possible use cases are Home automation, Industrial machine logging, remote environmental monitoring, access control, remote displays etc.

The board contains ESP32-WROOM-32 module with WiFi/BLE and Ethernet connectivity , RESET and USER buttons, micro SD card, LiPo battery charger and LiPo connector which allow board to work even with power supply drops.

The UEXT connector on the board can be used to connect many different sensors like:

Si3402-B chipset takes care for the power over ethernet, it’s IEEE 802.3 compliant, including pre-standard (legacy).

Important notice, to keep board compact and as it’s main purpose is to connect to cloud different remote sensors there is no galvanic isolation between board and the power delivered by the LAN switch or router.

ESP32-POE has internal programming interface and you can program it with Espressif SDK or Arduino via USB cable. As the board is not galvanic isolated from the Ethernet power supply, before you connect the USB cable to your computer you should remove the Ethernet cable or you should use USB-ISO between your computer the ESP32-POE!

 

Nice tutorial for writing and debugging plain C on ARM Cortex-M3 STM32F103

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Jacob Mossberg wrote nice tutorial how to program in C ARM Cortex-M3 with GCC and how to debug it with GDB and OpenOCD.

We like very much the hardware he is using 🙂 STM32-H103 and ARM-USB-OCD-H.

 

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