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Linux-enabled sit/stand smart desk nudges you into action

Jan 23, 2015

A Linux-based desk with WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 5-inch touchscreen automatically adjusts between sitting and standing, and tells you when it’s time to move.

Sub-$100 Cortex-A5 dev board accepts Arduino shields

Jan 23, 2015

Atmel and Newark Element 14 have launched a Linux based, Arduino shield-expandable “Xplained” development board for Atmel’s Cortex-A5 based SAMA5D4 SoC.

Intel spins Ubuntu based education access point

Jan 22, 2015

Intel announced a portable access point and content server for schools that runs Ubuntu on an Atom E3815, and serves up to 50 students using WiFi or GbE.

PC/104 “OneBank” option targets SoC-based SBC designs

Jan 21, 2015

[Updated Jan 22] — The PC/104 Consortium updated its stackable PCIe bus spec, adding a “OneBank” bus option with four PCIe lanes, two USB channels, and reduced size and cost.

Tizen-based Samsung cameras and round smartwatch leaked

Jan 20, 2015

Recent leaks show three new Samsung Tizen devices: a pair of cameras, and a round-faced “Orbis” watch with a digital crown, bezel, and wireless charging.

Lightweight “Snappy Ubuntu Core” OS targets IoT

Jan 20, 2015

Canonical released a “Snappy” version of its lightweight, Ubuntu Core OS for IoT, featuring an app store, hacker-proof updates, and a 128MB RAM footprint.

BeagleBone SBC beefs up Lego Mindstorms EV3

Jan 19, 2015

An “EVB” Kickstarter project replaces the Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot’s ARM9 brick with a BeagleBone Black, adding performance, expandability, and sensors.

Xen hypervisor v4.5 is slimmer and timelier

Jan 16, 2015

An update of the open-source Xen Hypervisor to v4.5 brings reduced footprint, increased power efficiency, and new “experimental” real-time services.

Open-source IoT software framework releases preview

Jan 15, 2015

The OIC’s “IoTivity” project released a v0.9.0 preview of its open source IoT framework software, with ready-to-test builds for Arduino, Tizen, and Yocto.

Samsung debuts its first Tizen phone — the Z1– in India

Jan 14, 2015

After much expectation and many false starts, Samsung finally launched the Tizen-based “Samsung Z1″ smartphone into India’s vast and rapidly growing market.

Tiny fanless mini-PC runs Linux on quad-core AMD SoC

Jan 14, 2015

[Updated Jan 16] — CompuLab’s tiny “Fitlet” mini-PC runs Linux or Windows on a dual- or quad-core 64-bit AMD x86 SoC, and offers generous I/O, plus modular expansion options.

New Sony Walkman runs Android 4.2, costs 1.1 kilobucks

Jan 13, 2015

Sony updated its decades-old Walkman media player line with an aluminum model running Android 4.2, featuring high-res audio, and priced around $1,120.

Free embedded computing conference posts agenda

Jan 12, 2015

The RTC Group announced the agenda and keynote topics for its annual Real-Time Embedded Computing Conference (RTECC), to be held Jan. 22 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Linux-based hexacopter avoids obstacles using Intel RealSense

Jan 12, 2015

Ascending Technologies demoed an enhanced “AscTec Firefly” hexacopter, running Ubuntu on Intel-based computers and featuring six Intel RealSense 3D cameras.

Gen-2 SmartThings hub migrates to Linux

Jan 12, 2015

SmartThings debuted a 2nd generation home automation hub that moves to Linux, and adds new sensors, battery backup, optional cellular, and premium services.

Linux-enabled “smart fridge” invites hacker-created accessories

Jan 9, 2015

GE and FirstBuild announced a “ChillHub” fridge with Linux-based WiFi and USB connectivity, and an SDK for community-designed, 3D-printable accessories.

Linux-based gadget charges mobiles wirelessly at up to 15 feet

Jan 9, 2015

Energous demoed a Linux-based “WattUp” device that uses WiFi-like beam forming technology to wirelessly charge compatible mobile devices at up to 15 feet.

Intel HDMI stick runs Linux or Windows on quad-core Bay Trail

Jan 8, 2015

Intel debuted an HDMI stick running Windows or Linux on a quad-core Atom SoC, with up to 2GB RAM and 32GB flash, plus WiFi, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity.

Harman brings Linux based IVI to entry-level cars

Jan 8, 2015

Harman’s Linux-based IVI system for entry-level cars integrates Aha Analytics, and supports Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and MirrorLink connectivity.

3D printer dev kit runs Linux on new Marvell ARMv7 SoC

Jan 7, 2015

Marvell announced the first Linux-based hardware/software development kit for 3D printers, built around a new, 533MHz “88PA6120″ ARMv7 SoC.