Author: Charbax

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Phoenix OS team interview, Android based multi-window UI

Posted by Charbax – April 22, 2016

Phoenix OS is being developed by a team of 30 developers in Beijing China, based on Android, it supports to open any Android app in resizeable windows, to run and use several Android apps at the same time, usable with a mouse and keyboard as well as for the 2-in-1 tablet/laptop convertible market. Here at the Actions Semiconductor booth, Phoenix OS is shown running on the Actions s900 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 open source Bubblegum-96 development board platform. The Phoenix OS team has optimized their UI platform on several ARM Platforms at the moment and they also have an x86 optimized version that can boot on any old Intel/AMD laptop or desktop off of a USB stick for example.

Bubblegum-96 development board with Actions s900 64bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53

Posted by Charbax – April 21, 2016

UCRobotics presents Bubblegum-96 development board with Actions Semiconductor s900 Quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 at 1.8GHz with 600MHz PowerVR G6230 GPU, 2GB RAM, USB 3.0, HDMI with 4K output, 1080P@60fps H.264 video capture, ARM TrustZone security support, it can be used to drive up to multiple 3D printers, it is shown running Debian Linux with GPU acceleration and the Android based Phoenix OS and Remix OS smoothly for productivity. Read more about Bubblegum-96 at http://www.96boards.org/products/ce/bubblegum96/ and you can buy the development board at http://www.ucrobotics.com.cn/bubblegum96/

Flexible Circuit Technologies at IDTechEx Wearable USA

Posted by Charbax – April 18, 2016

An interview with Flexible Circuit Technologies at the IDTechEx Wearable USA exhibition. Flexible Circuit Technologies is a designer and producer of flexible and rigid-flex circuits and a supplier of assembly services. For more information see http://www.flexiblecircuit.com/ and http://www.IDTechEx.com

Jennova at the Energy Harvesting & Storage USA Event

Posted by Charbax – April 18, 2016

An interview with Jennova at the Energy Harvesting & Storage USA exhibition. Jennova is an engineering company that develops Energy-Harvesting products which are adaptable to existing and new infrastructure, and can be modified to generate a wide range of power output. Jennova have recently developed 2 Energy-Harvesting powered Multi-Sensors, capable of gathering data from multiple sensor inputs and transmitting either to the web or direct to device. For more information see http://jennova.com/ and http://www.IDTechEx.com

NanoVivo Smartwatch photonics sensor to monitor Health & Wellness

Posted by Charbax – April 18, 2016

An interview with NanoVivo, Inc. at the IDTechEx Wearable USA exhibition. NanoVivo, Inc., is a Silicon Valley-based health monitoring company, focused on the design, engineering and development of wearable wellness, fitness and health monitors based on photonics technologies. In 2015, NanoVivo introduced a monitoring device that can non-invasively measure through skin, integrating real-time blood chemistry monitoring into a wristwatch. Applications include: monitoring chronic diseases, blood count testing, food/nutrition, digital cosmetics, diet monitoring, athletic performance, pregnancy monitoring, food safety, etc. Data can be wirelessly uploaded to the Cloud for remote monitoring by physicians. For more information see http://www.nanovivomd.com and http://www.IDTechEx.com

Goodereader 13.3″ E Ink Mobius e-reader on Indiegogo

Posted by Charbax – April 16, 2016

I have been enthusiastic about the 13.3" ultra-light flexible E Ink Mobius based e-readers since I filmed the Sony DPT-S1 in January 2014 here: http://armdevices.net/2014/01/19/e-ink-booth-tour-at-ces-2014-sony-dpt-s1-smartwatches-wall-clocks-and-more/ and from Netronix in January 2015 and in June 2015. The folks at Goodereader are teaming up with a supplier to get the 13.3" E-reader available to Indiegogo backers for about $699 a piece at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/13-3-inch-android-e-reader/x/585198#/ I believe that the 13.3" E Ink E-reader form factor can be totally awesome, especially if real-time multi-user collaborative apps become very user friendly on this user interface.

NexDock “Empty Laptop” Lapdock on Indiegogo

Posted by Charbax – April 16, 2016

Crowdfunded at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/nexdock-the-world-s-most-affordable-laptop--2/x/585198#/ NexDock used ARMdevices.net's $500 Shenzhen Sourcing service and probably a lot of the ideas that I have been posting on this blog since before 2012 before launching the idea on Indiegogo. NexDock is an Empty Laptop 14" concept, with HDMI input to use the Empty laptop's display from any device with HDMI output, then with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to then control that same device as long as it has Bluetooth support. The device can be any Smartphone with MHL, Slimport, USB Type-C MHL or DisplayPort output, it can be any HDMI Stick, Development boards can also work. The Empty Lapdop Dock can also charge any device using one of its USB charging ports, I guess with 2A power output.

appbot Riley Home Smart Robot now on Indiegogo

Posted by Charbax – April 16, 2016

Now available for $137 at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/riley-your-smart-and-mobile-companion/x/585198#/ the retail price will be $229 and distributors can buy it at $78 for 1 thousand pieces minimum order. It moves around quite smoothly and fastly, works on carpets too, can climb over small obstacles, it can get back up if it fall over on its side. They have nice app features such as taking pictures, video, night-vision, "wake up on movement", go back to charger home. They might add more functions like room mapping/memory, follow function, "automatic roaming security guard" and more.

Rockchip RK3399 big.LITTLE dual ARM Cortex-A72, quad ARM Cortex-A53, Mali-T864

Posted by Charbax – April 14, 2016

Rockchip RK3399 is Rockchip's first big.LITTLE processor, 64bit ARMv8, on 28nm with two large ARM Cortex-A72 cores and 4 small ARM Cortex-A53 cores, with ARM Mali-T864 GPU, it features dual USB Type-C with DisplayPort audio-video output support, H265/VP9 10bit 60fps HDMI 2.0 decode, PCI-e, 8 channel microphone array and support for the latest Android, Linux, Chrome OS and Windows 10. The RK3399 SDK is available to Rockchip's partners with sampling of the chip starting before the end of this month, full mass production in consumer electronics should happen in the 3 months of July to September 2016, depending on Rockchip's mass production device partners reaching stable results with the chip. Rockchip may position RK3399 as a mass market well priced Hexacore 64bit platform.

$279 Zopo Speed 8 Deca-core MediaTek X20, Zopo S Color 5 at 129€ and Zopo S Color 5.5 at 149€

Posted by Charbax – April 11, 2016

Zopo Speed 8 is going to be the first phone shipping with 10-core MediaTek X20, dual ARM Cortex-A72 + quad-ARM Cortex-A53 high clock speed and quad-ARM Cortex-A53 lower clock speed, runs stock Android 6.0, USB Type-C, 32GB Flash, 4GB RAM, white and black available for $279 on pre-order at http://www.zopomobileshop.com/369-zopo-speed-8-smartphone.html shipping by the end of the month or early next month. Zopo S Color 5.5 is 149€ and the Zopo S Color 5 is 129€ on MT6735 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53.