Article: Jupiter Nano open source development board

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Jupiter Nano open source development board

A small yet high-performance computer capable of running Linux will be launching via the Crowd Supply website very soon in the form of the Jupiter Nano. The small open source development board is equipped with a Microchip SAMA5D27C-LD1G running at 498 Mhz and is capable of running NuttX RTOS or Linux. The tiny 48-pin form factor measures just 1.125″ x 2.5″, similar in size to Teensy 4.1.

“Jupiter Nano is perfect for Arduino users who need a tiny, powerful computer with more CPU power, lots of RAM, or an internet-connected real time operating system (NuttX). It should also be attractive to any Linux users who need a tiny, open-source hardware computer with lots of I/O and high-speed Wi-Fi. The applications for a board this small, and this powerful, are nearly endless.”

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Article: What Will DoD Do About Open Source Drones?

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What Will DoD Do About Open Source Drones?

David Benowitz is the Head of Research at Drone Analyst, an independent research and consultancy firm focused solely on the drone ecosystem. “What I really wanted to speak about and share with the audience is the open source drone ecosystem, a community that I have been digging into over the past few weeks.

We just released a recent report about it, and what fascinates, I think a lot of people, most who just come into the industry is — we’re all familiar with DEI hardware and kind of this branded hardware that’s very proprietary — much of these open source flight controllers, like our pilot, actually predate the availability of kind of off-the-shelf consumer hardware and even the commercial viability of the whole market.

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Article: Farnell shipping expanded range of education kits from DFRobot

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Farnell shipping expanded range of education kits from DFRobot

Farnell has expanded its range of educational devices from DFRobot. These user-friendly open-source hardware and software tools are intended to inspire future creators by offering an introduction to electronic project design. Farnell now stocks more than 140 products from DFRobot including a series of robotics kits and the popular Boson Starter Kit for micro:bit.

DFRobot’s kits introduce users to robotics and programming by simulating real-world equipment and applications. The Max:Bot is a programmable entry-level DIY robot featuring motors, speakers and sensors that teaches junior students how to build a robot with direct programming and remote control operation.

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Article: Scientists Develop Open-Source AI Humanoid Head Eva That Uses Facial Expressions to Communicate Like Humans

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Scientists Develop Open-Source AI Humanoid Head Eva That Uses Facial Expressions to Communicate Like Humans

A team of scientists at Columbia University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering has made a major breakthrough and developed a robot that can smile, smirk, raise eyebrows, and mimic the forehead wrinkles of humans. The artificial intelligence-powered robot, named Eva, can emulate human facial expressions to an extent not seen before in the field of robotics.

While several humanoid robots have been developed in the last two decades, emotional intelligence in robots has been largely limited. Scientists who were part of this study said facially expressive humanoid robots are expensive and inaccessible to most people, thus limiting the number of researchers in this field.

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Article: Top Quantum Computing Project Ideas In 2021

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Top Quantum Computing Project Ideas In 2021

Aquantum computer offers exorbitant processing power compared to classical computers. This is achieved by manipulating qubits. Generating and managing Qubits is a huge challenge. “While the classical computer is very good at calculus, the quantum computer is even better at sorting, finding prime numbers, simulating molecules, and optimization, and thus could open the door to a new computing era,” according to a Morgan Stanley report. In other words, Quantum computing is the future.

Introduced last year by Atos, Q-score is a free and open-source quantum metrics that apply to all programmable quantum processors. Q-score measures a quantum system’s effectiveness at handling real-life problems which traditional computers cannot solve, rather than simply measuring its theoretical performance.

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Article: Trinamic”s open-source reference design ”speeds development of end-of-arm tooling”

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Trinamic”s open-source reference design ”speeds development of end-of-arm tooling”

Now part of Maxim Integrated Products, has introduced an open-source, fully integrated reference design that it says simplifies the development of industrial robotic end-of-arm tooling (EoAT).

The TMCM-1617-GRIP-REF reference design integrates hardware-based field-oriented control (FOC) and three communication ports to ‘shrink the design size of electronic robotic grippers by three times, while reducing development time by half”, according to the company.

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Article: Open-Source Champion Auterion Partners With Mars-Exploring Maxon to Deliver State-Of-The-Art Drones for Enterprise and Government

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Open-Source Champion Auterion Partners With Mars-Exploring Maxon to Deliver State-Of-The-Art Drones for Enterprise and Government

 Auterion, the company building an open and software-defined future for enterprise drone fleets, today announced its partnership with drive and motor specialist maxon — whose precision systems are enabling the autonomous helicopter Ingenuity and rover Perseverance to explore Mars.

Enterprise customers will benefit from the most advanced, open ecosystem of avionics and motors integration in the drone industry, which joins Auterion’s module Skynode and maxon’s best-in-class BLDC motors, like the EC 87 flat UAV motor. The implementation uses open-source standardization that’s critical for the drone industry’s next phase of enterprise scaling and smooth workflow management.

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Article: What’s the difference between Arduino and Raspberry Pi?

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What’s the difference between Arduino and Raspberry Pi?

If you’re at all interested in the world of computers and the Internet of Things (IoT), then you’ve more than likely heard of Raspberry Pi. The small but powerful microcomputer has been a smash hit in the DIY computing world since its introduction in 2012 and, now in its fourth generation, continues to go from strength to strength.

Before all that, however, came Arduino, a much more modest but still highly effective piece of hardware that’s stayed relevant in the rudimentary programming and prototyping market since arriving in the early 2000s.

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Article: System76’s Open Source Keyboard “LAUNCH”: What Makes It Special?

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System76’s Open Source Keyboard “LAUNCH”: What Makes It Special?

System76 manufactures laptops and computers, and develops one of the most popular Linux distros in the market named Pop!_OS which we have previously covered in detail. The company is now set to launch its first open-source keyboard, called LAUNCH.

In July last year, we covered the announcement of the keyboard, and it looks like the manufacturer is finally ready to spice things up. LAUNCH’s product page reveals quite a bit of information on what to expect from the keyboard. Here’s everything you need to know about LAUNCH

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Article: Why AWS Could Own the Future of Quantum Computing

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Why AWS Could Own the Future of Quantum Computing

We often talk about future leadership in quantum computing by way of hardware innovation but if (or when) the technology suddenly takes off, the real differentiator will be accessibility and service. That might take an approach that is multi-platform with a defined pricing, support, and security model and while quantum startups can handle physics, building global front-end services is a different ballgame.

Amazon Web Services already knows how this story goes from its experiences building a multi-platform mega-platform for machine learning and expects the same lessons could carry forward for early quantum computing.

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