Marvell Video R&D Software Architecture Team Leader Gaurav Arora talks about how Marvell and Google deliver the ARM Powered Google TV, now renamed Android TV on the dual-core Marvell Armada 1500-Plus, how the extremely popular and successful Chromecast runs on the single-core Marvell Armada 1500-Mini. Marvell also shows their new quad-core Marvell Armada 1500 Pro HD to be released in devices Q2 2014 running Android TV. Google is bringing the TV into the mainline ARM Powered Android releases, that is why they now brand it Android TV. The app package included on Android TV is called the Android TV GMS Package, includes apps like YouTube, Amazon, Hulu, Netflix and everything else optimized for the TV. The apps are designed for a 10-foot experience remote control user interface.
After showing how the Smart Home is going to be done by the industry, Archos introduces simple and cheap smartwatch systems, all are Bluetooth and the basic idea is you pair it with your Android or iOS phone, you install the Archos Smartwatch management app on your phone to select which notifications you want to vibrate and alert you on your Smartwatch. That’s nearly about it. The E Ink and memory LCD units last for 1-2 weeks on a battery while the touchscreen backlit LCD unit lasts 2-3 days on its battery. They charge with a dock which you can have next to your bed. The idea is for the Smartwatch to be a companion to your big-ass phone in your pocket, thus mainly everything is about Archos Smartwatches putting Smart notifications on your wrist.
- Hands-on with the Archos Smartwatch family (liliputing.com)
- Archos unleashes bargain-priced smartwatches starting at $50 (dvice.com)
- Archos to release budget smartwatches (mazumamobile.com)
- The $50 smartwatch will be here by the summer, says Archos (9to5google.com)
- Archos’ E Ink SmartWatch looks like a Pebble with a facelift (digitaltrends.com)
- Hands on with the ARCHOS smartwatches at CES 2014 (otroandroidblog.wordpress.com)
Chipsip Technology at the Rockchip booth at CES 2014 presents their PCB Design using the ultra low power dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 Rockchip RK3168 SoC using POP Memory in a form factor that can fit in a Google Glass type of device, Rockchip powered. This means SoC, RAM and Flash all occupy the same space as the SoC alone, the rest of the PCB being for a few more things like Bluetooth/WiFi, sensors, power management and a few more. This design thus can fit in a headmounted Android computer configuration, display the Android UI in the heads-up display, here using the the same HIMIX display that Google uses in Google Glass. Taiwan based ChipSiP Technology is a PCB Design house who designs Rockchip based PCBs and products, they are also working to integrate the Rockchip RK3188 in this type of Google Glass like form factor. The price of end-units all depends on the volume of mass production, it would be expensive if volume remains low, but the price can come down to much lower if these designs are quickly mass produced.
Here is ChipSiP’s contact informations (please only contact them if you are a serious bulk purchasing potential customer):
ChipSIP Technology Co Ltd
Jay Hsu, Assistant Manager, Logic SiP Division, Project Control and Management
Telephone: +886 988 867 129
Tour of the E Ink CES 2014 booth, featuring all the latest coolest E Ink devices on the market and prototypes. The E Ink device that I think is the “Best of CES” is the 13.3″ Sony DPT-S1, the biggest and the lightest ultra-readable 13.3″ touch device in the world (currently only released in limited few-thousand unit trials in Japan) uses the 13.3″ 1200×1600 Mobius E Ink display with protective film instead of glass for it to be ultra-thin at 6.8mm and weigh only 358grams and to also offer a better stylus experience. Aloso featuring the latest E Ink for Smartwatches, thus keeping the display always on, which is important for a Smartwatch. Featuring new giant E Ink clocks to put on walls, E Ink signage displays, the latest E Ink e-readers on the market and more.
Archos presents sub-$200 4G LTE phones, running on the new Qualcomm MSM8926 with 150mbitps LTE support, 1GB RAM, Android 4.4 coming, the display is 5″ 1280x720p for the $249/229€ Archos 50 Helium and 4.5″ 854×480 on the $199/199€ Archos 45 Helium. Both to be released next month. This is attractive in countries where you can get 4G contracts at sub $20/20€ per month, and even have those sometimes included for free on the ISP home broadband contract, people doing pre-paid instead of 2-year contracts want cheap affordable phones like these to include LTE, and Archos sells some for as low as $99/99€ with their 3G-only MT6572 based Archos 40 Titanium.
- Archos introduces Helium 4G smartphones for $200 and up (liliputing.com)
- Archos unveils the 50 Helium and 45 Helium smartphones (technutty.co.uk)
- Archos Announces the 45 and 50 Helium 4G LTE Smartphones Ahead of CES (androidheadlines.com)
- 45 and 50 Helium 4G New Android Smartphones with LTE From Archos (mono-live.com)
- Archos 45 and 50 Helium official: off-contract and quad-core (slashgear.com)
- Archos 45 and 50 Helium smartphones coming with LTE (androidcommunity.com)
- Archos Prepping Unlocked Android Smartphone Under $200 (tomshardware.com)
- Spec Sheet: Sony, Lenovo, and Archos’ budget smartphone battle (theverge.com)
- Archos Helium 4G Smartphones at CES (geeknewscentral.com)
- Archos outs 45 and 50 Helium 4G LTE smartphones (digitalspy.co.uk)
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.
- From Prototype to Product with the BeagleBone Black (makezine.com)
- Blog Post: Another busy day @ CES: Day 2 recap! (e2e.ti.com)
- This robot will clean your barbecue, and other bizarre robotics at CES (trentonian.com)
- Meet Mip™by WowWee at the 2014 International CES! (virtual-strategy.com)
- MiP is a balancing robot that works with your smartphone (theverge.com)
- WowWee’s MiP revisited: the dance of the robot fairies (engadget.com)
- Wowwee MiP Smartphone Controlled Robot Announced (Video) (geeky-gadgets.com)
- CES 2014: This Tiny Robot Has Flawless Balance [Video] (popsci.com)
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
Archos releases a full range of Smart Home Bluetooth 4.0 low energy sensors, cameras, fitness band, scale, blood pressure monitor, movement sensor, temperature meters, GPS/3G tracker (for dogs, cars, bicycles etc), and a bunch more. Archos designed a special 7″ Tablet with modified Bluetooth 4.0 to synchronize seamlessly with up to 30 devices at the same time (while the normal Bluetooth 4 spec limits devices to connect to 4 devices). Archos is going to sell their range of Smart Home and Smart Self devices in batches, and where users will be able to buy separate pieces as they wish, buy extra smart plugs, buy extra sensors, cameras, etc as you need more, at prices from around $20 retail per device. Flat batteries last about a couple of years in each of these devices, they don’t need to be connected, they all work wirelessly. Archos also presents their really cool Android and iOS app that enables users to program their smart home, selecting conditions, programs, things you want your smart home to do automatically. For example send you a picture to your phone when there is movement in your home, turn off lights when you exit the room, wake you up earlier if the weather is really bad. Archos kind of invented the ARM Powered Tablet, introducing it (on my initial video-blog posting) in 2004 running Qtopia Linux. Then copied by Android and everyone. Archos also introduced the 7″ Tablet in 2006, years before the Nexus 7, Archos was the initial Android tablet maker since 2009, this is now Archos showing the industry what is next.
Toshiba’s first Chromebook is 13.3″ (1366×768 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.