Category: Chip provider

Best of CES: $150 BeagleMiP Robot Development Kit and $99 WowWee MiP

Posted by – January 18, 2014

From the Coordinated Robotics Lab of The University of California, San Diego, here is the BeagleMiP Mobile Inverted Pendulum (MiP) educational robotics development kit from Strawson Design, able to balance and carry more weight on 2 wheels such as modules, extensions, sensors, hacks, 3D printed add-ons and more. While the awesome Arduino-derived $99 WowWee MiP device is the coolest consumer toy robot that I have seen at CES 2014 (which you can see starting at 19:36 into this video), the idea with BeagleMiP is to do even more with the system, based on the $45 Texas Instruments BeagleBone Black with a 1Ghz TI AM335x ARM Cortex-A8, they add their Novus Robotics Cape add-on PCB board to provide for all the robotics R&D connectivity. This video features UCSD Professor Thomas Bewley, UCSD PhD student James Strawson and USCD PhD student Saam Ostovari.

While the BeagleMiP will be commercially available as a $150 MiP robotics development kit, the WowWee MiP is going to be the world's first mass produced self-balancing Mobile Inverted Pendulum based commercial robot equipped with GestureSense technology (hand motion controls), bluetooth for Smartphone app control, fast speed, expansion for additional fun functionality. Carrying mode allows it to carry any weight, it also even has a port on the final model and can carry and balance any additional weight, including cameras, more sensors, modems, anything else users can think of.

As you can hear in the video, these UCSD students are also working on 40 centimeters tall versions of their MiP, which will be able to carry heavy bags like groceries for you and follow you around, for example.

AllGo Embedded Systems, Automotive Infotainment with 4-second Android boot

Posted by – January 17, 2014

AllGo Systems shows Automotive IVI system solution with 4 seconds boot up time on Freescale i.MX6 and Texas Instruments OMAP5 for Android in Automotive (long term support) configurations. AllGo's technologies have been deployed in numerous fields of Automotive, Consumer and Security segments. Here are some of the things AllGo Systems provides:
- The complete software reference solution for digital audio players used by 8 leading car manufacturers in USA and Germany
- World's fastest and best quality MP3 encoder for ARM platforms
- Video and Networked Audio IP which they have licensed to companies around the world
- BOM optimised turn-key solution for streaming video player
- World’s first fully programmable 1080p H.264 decoder
- Solutions used in over 50 products deployed in more than 6 million cars, portable players and home entertainment systems world-wide

Toshiba launches 13.3″ Chromebook For $279

Posted by – January 17, 2014

Toshiba's first Chromebook is 13.3" (1366x768 resolution). Sadly it uses an Intel Haswell Celeron processor. The Toshiba Chromebook has a fullsized laptop keyboard. In terms of storgage you get 16gb internally and 100gb of cloud storage. The Toshiba Chromebook contains most basic ports such as an HDMI and SDXC slot. The battery life is 9 hours. The Chromebook will sell for $279 and it will be on the market next month.

Alcatel One Touch idolx+ 5″ 1080p with MT6592 Octa Core

Posted by – January 16, 2014

Based on the newest fastest yet Mediatek MT6592 Octa core ARM Cortex-A7, with a 5" Full HD IPS LCD display, thin and light form factor, this is the highest yet performance from MediaTek, Alcatel One Touch is a very rapidly growing Smartphone brand.

LG G Flex, launching for $300 (with 2-year $2000+ contract) on Sprint on January 31st

Posted by – January 14, 2014

LG shows their really big curved 6" 1280x720 smartphone design, running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2GB RAM, 32GB Flash.

Mark Allyn shows Intel-powered LED Light Art

Posted by – January 13, 2014

He was on the stage at the Intel keynote. You can see see more of what he has done on his website: http://www.allyn.com

Wyplay open source Set-top-box software provider

Posted by – January 13, 2014

Wyplay powers open, modular, and innovative Home Media software solutions for leading pay TV Operators (IPTV, Cable, Satellite, Terrestrial) around the world. The technology developed at Wyplay enables TV operators to easily select, configure, and deploy solutions from the richest list of pre-configured functionality in the market (Zapper, Recorder, Media center, home connectivity, Social TV, HTML5, Android, OTT platform, multi-screen, multi-room...). Specialties include Middleware Provider for Operators and Broadcasters, DVB (Satellite, Cable, Terrestrial), OTT, Multi-Application Framework (HTML5, Android…), Advanced Media Player, Connected Home, CAS/Chipset/STB/Back-end Agnostic providing solutions for MIPS and ARM based platforms from ST ARM, Sigma Designs MIPS, Mstar MIPS and to Broadcom and other. Wyplay is a privately owned French company founded in 2006 by Jacques Bourgninaud.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Adreno 420, HEVC 4K decode, 802.11ac, 4G LTE and more

Posted by – January 12, 2014

Qualcomm is showing off their newest latest S805 ARM processor with their newest Adreno 420 GPU. The performance is improved to Krait 450 quad-core CPU running at up to 2.5 GHz per core with a newer amazing memory bandwidth design of up to 25.6 GB/second for faster multimedia and web browsing performance. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 support up to 4K HEVC hardware decode, supporting that resolution on either a built-in monitor or as output.

Hank Exynos 5410 Octa Core Tablet

Posted by – January 12, 2014

Hank is showing their Samsung based solutions, including Exynos5410 Octa Core, Exynos4412 Quad-core and more. They sell 40-50K tablets per month. They also work on HDMI cables for installations requiring long high quality cables for commercial purpose.

Contact Hank (serious importers/distributors only please, tell them you watched the video):
Hank Electronics Co Ltd
Kevin Zhou, Regional Manager
Mobile: +86 18098975717
Phone: +86 75582537027
Skype: kevin.hank
kevin@hank-tech.com

http://www.hank-tech.com

Pipo shows 1920×1200 7″ with 3G, RK3188 Ultrastick, Intel Baytrail Windows 8 Tablet at CES 2014

Posted by – January 12, 2014

Pipo is showing their latest tablets at CES 2014, including now an Intel Baytrail Windows 8 tablet, 9.7" Retina RK3188 with 3G Ultrastick, Full HD 1920x1200 7" RK3188 with 3G built-in is finally ready. The trend Pipo is for more and more of the tablets to be with phone call functionality.