Latest Freescale powered devices, wearable, internet of things, home hub and more

Posted by – December 20, 2013

Freescale shows their wearable reference design, tiny to develop i.MX6 based BT4.0 accellerometer, adding ECG, heart-rate monitor, enabling a new range of Freescale powered wearable computers, smartwatches, headmounted computers, fitness devices, more to be announced and integrated. Freescale powers a range of healthcare products, weightscales, heart rate monitors and more. Freescale shows their Freescale One Box Platform, providing a reference Smart Home hub gateway, using Java, all the different wireless technologies integrated.

Geniatech dual-boots Linux with Qt UI on their AmLogic based Set-top-boxes

Posted by – December 19, 2013

Geniatech engineer shows how they support dual-booting to some basic Linux from the SD card on several of the Geniatech Android Set-top-boxes, going back to their single-core AmLogic M3 based Set-top-boxes and also to their new ones. Geniatech tries or wants to provide everything open source and unlock their Set-top-boxes so for users who want a cheap ARM Powered Linux box, they can use Geniatech for that also.

Kevin Marks talks evolution of the Web 2003-2023 at LeWeb 2013

Posted by – December 19, 2013

Kevin Marks talks HTML5, Open Standards, Webkit, browser ecosystem, it’s not just text anymore, it’s SVG, video, sound, device access and all kinds of stuff that are being baked into the platforms and that are being translated between the platforms, that is being solved. The difficulty is now we have large silos in Facebook, Twitter and some other proprietary social networks, that is what the IndieWeb is all about, trying to build infrastructure where components are composed on your own website, where you can swap pieces in and out of the proprietary social networking silos.

Here’s a video of Kevin Marks’s keynote presentation at LeWeb 2013:

Swatch Sistem51 review, automatic, mechanical Swiss Watch for the mass market

Posted by – December 19, 2013

My unboxing and review of the new Swatch Sistem51, revolutionary ultra-simplified robot-automatic-manufactured, 51-part mechanical automatic wrist watch selling now in Switzerland for 150 Swiss Francs ($169), to be released in the USA/China in early 2014 and in the rest of the world later in 2014. This is the latest advancement in Swiss Watch Making technology, 90-hour power reserve, one screw holds everything together, with anti-magnetic structure. This significantly simplifies the mechanical automatic watch and makes it available to the mass market. Of course I want to see Swatch release real Smart Watches in 2014, using E Ink and LCD displays, using smart LEDs, Bluetooth 4.0, smart buttons, covering their watches with touch screens, including vibrators, microphones and speakers, all the while it’s great to see such mechanical advancement for the Swiss Watch industry. I expect ARM Powered Smart Swatches for next year, they could perhaps even combine the battery powered ARM Processor with the automatic watch mechanics.

You can listen to Alexander Linz of Watch-Insider.com’s really interesting 45-minute interview with Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek here: http://www.watch-insider.com/featured/conversation-nick-hayek-ceo-swatch-group/

Swatch Sistem51

Pipo M8HD, 10.1″ 1920×1200, RK3188, 2GB RAM

Posted by – December 18, 2013

Pipo shows their Pipo M8HD 10.1″ Full HD Rockchip RK3188 Tablet, 2GB RAM, started to ship around October 2013, competes with Nexus 10 and the price is about half of Nexus 10 and about 30% of the latest iPad. 5 megapixel back camera with flash. The multi-window Android user interface option also comes included, being developed by Rockchip. The possible retail price is $169€.

Mentor Graphics ARM Embedded Software demos

Posted by – December 18, 2013

Here are some of the latest Mentor Graphics embedded software development demos, showing their embedded hypervisor demo running on a Freescale i.MX6, running one OS for the touch-screen in a car, and another to run the car systems for example. They will soon have support for ARM Cortex-A15 and ARMv8 also. Mentor Graphics also talks about their Sourcery CodeBench Virtual Edition software that allows to develop solutions before the silicon being ready, developing software on hardware that does not yet exist.

Omate Truesmart, MT6572 Android Smart Watch

Posted by – December 18, 2013

Omate raised over $1 Million on Kickstarter, selling the MT6572 single-sim card smart watch starting at $199, they have been shipping for the past 2 weeks. Android functionality, support by MediaTek, 1.54″ LG 240×240 LCD capacitive touchscreen display using Sapphire Crystal coating to make it unscratchable. GPS, 5 Megapixel built-in camera, 600mAh battery, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Vibration, Bluetooth 4.0 and much more.

Ubuntu Founder Mark Shuttleworth, runs on 30 Smartphones, all ARM Servers and upcoming ARM Laptops

Posted by – December 17, 2013

Ubuntu Founder, Mark Shuttleworth, talks about why he started Ubuntu, how it runs on 30 different ARM Powered Smartphones, on all the ARM Servers, on upcoming ARM Powered Laptops also. GPU providers opening up more and more to allow full Ubuntu hardware acceleration, optimizing Ubuntu on one GPU can enable Ubuntu on ARM Powered phones, tablets, laptops and desktops also.

XMOS xCORE-XA with ARM Cortex-M3

Posted by – December 17, 2013

XMOS is a manufacturer of multicore micro-controller devices. xCORE-eXtended Architecture (the XA Family) combines multicore microcontroller technology with an ultra-low-power ARM® Cortex®-M3 processor, to create the next wave in programmable system-on-chip (SoC) products. The xCORE-XA architecture allows embedded system designers to use high-level software to configure a device with the exact set of interfaces and peripherals needed for their design, while re-using existing ARM binary code and standard library functions, and taking advantage of ultra-low energy fixed-function peripherals. Designers can also add real-time data-plane plus control processing and DSP blocks, using multiple xCORE processor cores, with the ARM available to run control plane processing software such as communication protocol stacks, standard graphics libraries, or complex monitoring systems.

You can read more about it here: http://www.xmos.com/de/products/silicon/xa-series

Robert Scoble “Age of Context” at LeWeb 2013

Posted by – December 17, 2013

The five converging forces promise to change virtually every aspect of our lives. You know them as: mobile, data, sensors and location-based technology. Combined with social media they form a new generation of personalized technology that knows us better than our closest friends. Armed with that knowledge our personal devices can anticipate what we’ll need next and serve us better than a butler or an executive assistant.

You can buy Robert Scoble’s new book or ebook at amazon.com