So, first up on Kickstarter there’s an ArduECU, which is essentially a rugged waterproof case for an Arduino Uno and OBD board. It is a little expensive, but if you don’t want to hack around with soldering but want to hack your car, then this might be the thing. It also contains 9 digital outputs and 5 PWM outputs all MOSFET driven, and 9 digital inputs and 6 analog inputs which are 24 volt tolerant. Of course it’s Arduino IDE compatible because it’s just an Arduino Uno.
Simon Monk has a new Kickstarter called the MonkMakesDuino which is an Arduino Uno clone that has all pinouts running along one side to allow it to be slotted into a breadboard. It’s a neat idea to gain easy access to all the pinouts of the Uno.
This next one is designed to be a standalone touch interface. It contains a Wemos D1, which is based on the ESP8266, a Nextion USART display, LEDs, buzzer, GPIOs and runs off a 5 volt supply. Looks like a fairly decent little board.
Woohoo! Crowd Supply have an SBC in pre-launch. This one is based on the NXP LS1043, which is a quad core Cortex-A53 running at 1.6GHz, 2G DDR4 RAM, nice, 512MB NAND flash, SD slot, 5 GbE, 2x mini PCIe, M2, 2x USB3.0, running off a 12v DC supply. With all those network ports and no display, it’s obviously aimed at routers or gateways. Will be interesting once it goes live.
GumStix have added to their 96boards collection with a new board powered by an Intel Curie running the ARC-EM4 MCU. Apart from the inbuilt Bluetooth it also contains a 6DOF IMU, USB based FTDI, 96board compatible GPIO header and USB type C.
The Orange Pi guys have released yet another board called the Orange Pi 2G IoT. This new design has veered away from using the Allwinner SoCs and is using the RDA8810PL SoC from RDA Microelectronics. This SoC is aimed at mobile markets and contains 2G GSM, Vivante GC860 GPU, 256MB DDR2 RAM, SD slot, WiFi, Bluetooth, MIPI-CSI, LCD, USB2.0, a small amount of GPIOs. It’s an odd board. Similar to the Omega2 in it’s tiny RAM size so you’ll be pulling your hair out trying to get things to work in that small footprint, but looks interesting anyway. You can pick this up from AliExpress and also BangGood.
Do you want OTA updates for your Linux devices? Well, Mender has now released a production ready service to allow you to do this. It supports any Linux distro but is ideally optimized for Yocto Linux. A management service will allow you to update and deploy to your devices with the click of a button. This is a subscription service that starts at $99 for 100 devices, so not really aimed at the casual hacker.
And if you don’t want to wait for my video on how to build a cheap LoRaWAN gateway you can pick up this expensive one from Seeed. It’s actually pretty decent with 10 channels, Grove ports and bridge to a Pi3.
AdaFruit have come out with a SAMD21 based Feather M0 Express. Like all the feathers has LiPo battery support. I’ve mentioned the SAMD21 before and it’s pretty neat; with 256KB flash, 32KB RAM, 6 UART engines and 20 re-configurable GPIOs.
If you’re in need of a beefy, high torque servo motor then this one is capable of moving 40kg per cm, or 550 oz per inch, running off 7.4 volts and will need a supply capable of delivering a 9A peak current. This is a pretty beefy servo.
Over at Solarbotics, they have their SketchBoard, which isn’t new, I know, but I haven’t had it on my roundups yet.
It’s an Arduino Uno clone, with 5v or 3.3v logic tolerant inputs from 7 to 15 volt DC supply, and can deliver a stepped up 800mA 5 volts and 300mA 3.3 volts on-board. This is basically a beefier version of the Arduino Uno.
BangGood have a 32 channel servo controller board running off 4.2 to 7.2 volts and capable of driving 9G to 55G servos via a plain USB based UART. Don’t know what chip is driving this as they’ve gone and sanded them down.
BangGood also have the Orange Pi NAS expansion board, which gives your humble Orange Pi Zero an mSATA interface, external SATA port, 2 more USB ports, mic, audio and composite video out and infrared. I have one of these sitting on my desk, so stay tuned for that review.
Then there’s the Orange Pi Win, which I mentioned in a previous roundup, but for those who missed it is an SBC that will eventually run Windows 10 IoT, once they complete their certification. It has the Allwinner A64, 1G RAM, SD slot, 4 USB 2.0, MIPI-CSI, MIPI-LCD, LiPo connector, GbE, WiFi and Bluetooth. There’s also space for an optional eMMC.
and this board contains an I2C based 4 channel ADC capable of 16bit resolution at up to 860 samples per second. So is suitable for slow acquisition and high accuracy inputs such as temperature sensors.
and over at DX.com there’s a 2.2" TFT touch screen Arduino shield. It’s support all the common Arduinos and has an on-board SD slot, temperature sensor and 300mA capable regulator as most Arduinos aren’t capable of powering anything over 50mA.
A few bits and pieces that I didn’t include in my video.