Linux Devices and Open Hardware
The Suunto 7 is the first Wear OS smartwatch with the Snapdragon Wear 3100’s Sports mode
Despite the advancements in wearable technology, smartwatches other than those running Apple’s watchOS and Samsung’s Tizen have failed to make an impact on users. Google’s Wear OS has been a major let down for several users because of the lack of fitness features or a closed platform in contrast to the open-source Android. But more importantly, Qualcomm’s inferior hardware support compared to proprietary chips used by brands like Apple, Huawei, or Samsung on their smartwatches have led to disappointment. Besides a lagging performance, Snapdragon 3100 – the latest chipset for wearables from Qualcomm until the leaked Snapdragon 3300 is formally announced – also suffers from poor battery life, which diminishes with increased physical activity. To abate that to some extent, Qualcomm announced a “Sports mode” in mid-2019 and six months later, the first smartwatch – Suunto 7 – has been launched.
Rhasspy Raspberry Pi offline voice assistant is free and open source
Rhasspy (pronounced RAH-SPEE) is an open source, fully offline voice assistant toolkit for the Raspberry Pi as well as many languages that works well with Home Assistant, Hass.io, and Node-RED. Simply specify voice commands in a template language and Rhasspy will produce JSON events that can trigger actions in home automation software or Node-RED flows. Michael Hansen explains a little more about Rhasspy.
Pollen Robotics is selling a $17,000 robot torso for researchers and startups
CES has never been a great show for serious robotics. It’s not a phenomenon I expect to change at any point in the near future, though things do seem to get slightly better each year. Pollen Robotics is an interesting addition to the mix that largely revolves around things like companion and smart home robotics.
Pollen Robotics certainly stands out from that crowd, offering a robotic torso named Reachy. The two arms, chest and a head are an open-source platform designed for prototyping and research purposes. The system just went up for sale this week as either a standalone arm ($9,000) or full half-body ($17,000), but the three-year-old French startup says it already has clients.
Reachy open source robot
“The head is animated by Orbita, a unique technology developed by Pollen Robotics’ R&D team. This ball joint actuator allows unpreceded dynamic and multi-directional movement. With animated antennas, Reachy can convey many emotions to his audience (happy, sad, excited…).”
If you are interested in purchasing the open source robot a basic single-arm for Reachy is priced at $9,000 while the top-of-the-line double-arm-and-a-head version will cost around $17,000.
Reachy Is an Expressive, Open-Source Robot
SeeSeems like everybody's getting into the AI and robotics game — at least the companies and research institutions that can afford to build their platforms from the ground up are. France's Pollen Robotics, on the other hand, aims to kickstart the robotics revolution with its open-source system, Reachy.
ms like everybody's getting into the AI and robotics game — at least the companies and research institutions that can afford to build their platforms from the ground up are. France's Pollen Robotics, on the other hand, aims to kickstart the robotics revolution with its open-source system, Reachy.
Reachy is an expressive, open-source robot
Arduino launches a new modular platform for IoT development
Arduino, the open-source hardware platform, today announced the launch of a new low-code platform and modular hardware system for IoT development. The idea here is to give small and medium businesses the tools to develop IoT solutions without having to invest in specialized engineering resources.
Innovative Open-Source 3D Printable Air-Jet System Creates Alginate Hydrogels
In 3D printing hydrogel microbeads in a ‘controllable size,’ the researchers were able to create a model to work from, studying the potential for alginate microbeads in a variety of other applications. Microbead generators use polymers and crosslinker solutions in producing microscale hydrogel, and are being studied for biomedical applications, to include drug and cell delivery.
Ystruder: New Syringe System Offers Feature Rich, Open-Source Multifunction Extrusion
Numerous open-source hardware (OSHW) syringe pumps have been created in the past ten years via 3D design and FDM 3D printing.
Lumi Industries introduce open-source smartphone-based resin 3D printer
Nominated as a finalist at the Purmundus Design Challenge 2019, the LumiBee uses the light from a user’s mobile phone screen to cure resin into an object. It is designed so that 95% of its parts can be additively manufactured with an FDM/FFF 3D printer. According to Marin, the LumiBee has been developed with a mechanical, PCB design.
Open Source Hardware Risks
Open-source hardware is gaining attention on a variety of fronts, from chiplets and the underlying infrastructure to the ecosystems required to support open-source and hybrid open-source and proprietary designs.
Open-source development is hardly a new topic. It has proven to be a successful strategy in the Linux world, but far less so on the hardware side. That is beginning to change, fueled by a slowdown in Moore’s Law, rising design costs, and a growing need for more specialized processing elements in heterogeneous designs. This also has raised a long list of issues, starting with basic definitions, that in the past were largely ignored because it was simpler to use off-the-shelf proprietary solutions than to work with open-source hardware.
Krste Asanovic, chairman of the RISC-V Foundation and chief architect at SiFive, emphasized during a panel at the RISC-V Summit last month that there are differences between an open standard like RISC-V, and open-source hardware, which is source code for some hardware blocks in RTL.
“When we started RISC-V, we saw a need for an open standard,” Asanovic said. “At Berkeley we also developed open-source implementations of the standard. But by far the most valuable thing is the open standard. You cannot have open-source hardware without an open standard. But it’s also true in the industry that we have hundreds of open standards. The open standard is where the big value is. Open-source hardware is enabled by it, and at a much earlier stage. Open standards are widely accepted and widely used throughout the industry, whereas open-source hardware implementations of a standard are a relatively new thing. Again, the key thing about RISC-V is that it is an open standard. It’s enabling a lot of things because you need a processor to run software on any kind of hardware platform. That’s why there is an upsurge of interest in open-source hardware, because the ISA open standard enables people to build open-source hardware.”
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center has composed the production of the primary open-source chip created in Spain. Worked with TSMC's 65-nanometer transistors, their RISC-V based Lagarto chip a key advance in the inside's methodology to turn into a benchmark in the open-source equipment innovations' field created in Europe. Lagarto is a significant advance in the pursuit of the BSC, drove by the middle's chief, Mateo Valero, to create European registering innovation. This venture depends on the reason that the guidance set of things to come processors must be open source to guarantee straightforwardness and limit reliance. ISAs establish the fundamental arrangement of machine language directions that a processor can comprehend and execute and is, in this manner, the gathering point among programming and equipment. The way that they are open is proposed to go around the plausibility of chips fusing secondary passages or directions that might be adverse to the security or protection of clients.
Accessible Source Hardware Chances
Open-source equipment is picking up consideration on an assortment of fronts, from chiplets and the hidden framework to the environments required to help open-source and half breed open-source and exclusive structures. Open-source improvement is not another theme. It has demonstrated to be an effective procedure in the Linux world, however far less so on the equipment side. That is starting to change, powered by a log jam in Moore's Law, rising plan costs, and a developing requirement for progressively specific preparing components in heterogeneous structures. This additionally has raised a not insignificant rundown of issues, beginning with fundamental definitions, that in the past were to a great extent disregarded because it was easier to use off-the-rack exclusive arrangements than to work with open-source equipment.
"Open-source equipment is open-source silicon, yet open-source equipment additionally could mean open schematic or PCB plans of the sort we see in OCP (Open Core Protocol)," said Dominic Rizzo, OpenTitan Lead for Google Cloud. "There are likewise open-source equipment details, however, those are to a lesser extent an ocean change than the ascent of open-source equipment structure guarantee. In one sense, the RISC-V ISA is novel in that it's a transparently created ISA particular, where the most well known ISAs are ordinarily shut. There are a bunch of other open ISAs, for example, OpenPOWER or MIPS, however, the executions of these will, in general, be secret elements." Rizzo noticed that what is strange with RISC-V is how the open-source network has united behind it. "We are seeing an expanding number of tenable open-source, white-box silicon plans like Ariane, Ibex and the OpenTitan SoC based over the RISC-V open ISA."
BSC Coordinates Development of RISC-V 'Lagarto' Processor