An Indiegogo wifi-enabled IoT pearl:
With tiny Linux boards popping up like dandelions, it was only a matter of time before someone came out with a really tiny Linux board. This is it: a tiny board less than an inch on each side with an 802.11n System on Chip running OpenWrt on Linux. The best part? You can pick one up for $20 USD.
VoCore, The Tiny Internet Of Things Thing.
A wonderful gallery of pix from the recently concluded (April) High-Altitude Balloon competition, with entrants from around the world, from young makers to university students to engineers to old DIYers.
Gallery — Global Space Balloon Challenge via Adafruit.
As wonderful a platform as the Beaglebone Black is, the board is a piker compared to the add-ons available for the Arduino. The Bone’s universe of capes is limited and pretty pricey.
A current device from an engineering team in Germany, though, caught our eye and opened our wallet on Indiegogo: a low-cost daughterboard that makes it possible to use nearly any Arduino shield on the Beaglebone Black. They promise shipping by May, so it should arrive in time to write about it in my upcoming book, A Beaglebone Black Cookbook: Seventy-Five Recipes for Making Things with a Microcomputer (Packt Publishing, pub. date Fall 2014).
Arduino Shield to BeagleBone Black Cape | Indiegogo.
Rubberized MEMS for cheap
It just gets better all the time.
In the ongoing saga of providing ever cheaper, more powerful and durable components for our “maked” masterworks, enter TakkTile. For a mere US $149, they’ll send you a sublime 5-strip sensor wrapped in rubber and Open Source goodness. It’s a major step forward for DIY design since, until now, similar tech has only been available for big budgets and big players.
They claim it’ll survive a hit from a baseball bat…assuming it comes from a fading A-Rod swing, that is.