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Add-on board brings BACnet building control to the Raspberry Pi

Feb 12, 2018

Contemporary Controls is launching a “BASpi” Raspberry Pi add-on that supports the BACnet building control standard and Sedona Framework, and provides 6x relay outputs and 6x inputs, including analog, temp, contact closure, pulse, and resistance inputs.

IoT prototyping board for Raspberry Pi has a mobile/cloud IFTTT app

Feb 12, 2018

GraspIO’s “Cloudio” IoT prototyping add-on board for the Raspberry Pi includes a 1-inch OLED display, sensors, 6x I/Os, and a servo, and is controlled using a mobile/cloud-based drag-and-drop app with IFTTT and voice support.

Project crowdfunds effort to bring Allwinner VPU support to the Linux kernel

Feb 9, 2018

Free Electrons changed its name to Bootlin, and funded a Kickstarter campaign to bring support for the Allwinner VPU to the Linux kernel, building upon earlier work done in collaboration with the Linux Sunxi community called sunxi-cedrus.

Automation controller debuts Linux-based PLCnext software

Feb 8, 2018

Phoenix Contact’s rugged, dual Cortex-A9 based “PLCnext AXC F 2152” controller for its Axioline F I/O field bus is the first field controller designed to run Phoenix’s Linux-based PLCnext control stack, which enables PLC control using high-level languages.

Mozilla’s IoT software for the Raspberry Pi gets major rev

Feb 6, 2018

Mozilla has released an improved 0.3 version of its open source, Linux-based Things Gateway software for setting up a home automation gateway on the Raspberry Pi, featuring a new rules engine and improved voice support.

LimeSDR Mini/RPi Zero mashup may be world’s smallest DVB transmitter

Jan 24, 2018

Lime Microsystems anounced an open source prototype hack that combines a LimeSDR Mini board, a Raspberry Pi Zero, and a PiCam, and is billed as one of the world’s smallest DVB transmitters.

PiTalk, Gemini PDA, and Eelo take different paths to the Linux phone

Jan 11, 2018

The PiTalk is an RPi phone add-on board. The Gemini PDA is a clamshell re-spin of the Psion. Eelo is a privacy-oriented phone ROM. Samsung is planning to load Ubuntu desktops on Galaxy phones. They all want to reinvent the Linux phone concept.

Linux-driven IoT gateway hooks up to Google Cloud IoT services

Dec 20, 2017

[Updated Dec. 24] — SolidRun’s “ClearCloud 8K” IoT gateway runs Linux on a new “Single Shot” version of its quad -A72 MacchiatoBIN SBC with 1-, 2.5-, and 10GbE ports, and links to Google Cloud IoT Core.

Hackable USB dongle offers multiple sensors including PIR motion detection

Dec 12, 2017

[Updated Dec. 13] — Gumstix’s Arduino-driven “RoomSense” board offers an ATSAMW25 MCU, WiFi, passive-IR motion detection, plus temperature, humidity, and barometric sensors.

Zephyr Project defends use of vendor HALs in open source projects

Dec 11, 2017

At Embedded Linux Conference Europe, NXP developer and Zephyr Project member Maureen Helm proposed that the benefits of vendor HALs outweigh the drawbacks.

Amazon aims an AWS-savvy version of FreeRTOS at IoT gizmos

Dec 8, 2017

Amazon has launched an open source “Amazon FreeRTOS” real-time OS with AWS Greengrass support and a configuration console, for use in MCU-based IoT devices.

Amazon spins an Ubuntu-driven “AWS DeepLens” cam

Dec 4, 2017

[Updated: Dec. 8] — Amazon unveiled a 4MP, HD-ready, $249 “DeepLens” machine learning camera with AWS hooks, that runs Ubuntu on a Cherry Trail SoC.

Automotive Grade Linux plumbing reveals familiar Linux faces

Nov 30, 2017

At Embedded Linux Conference Europe, Konsulko’s Matt Porter and Scott Murray dig into AGL plumbing — and it turns out it’s not so scary after all.

NXP’s open source OpenIL Linux distro has Xenomai and OpenTSN support

Nov 28, 2017

NXP unveiled an “Open Industrial Linux” (OpenIL) distribution with real-time Xenomai extensions, crypto security, and support for OpenTSN networking.