$2500 Double Robotics iPad based Telepresence Robot for Telecommuters

Posted by – January 18, 2014

This Y Combinator funded startup Double Robotics has sold thus far over 1000 units of this high-end $2500 robot called Double. It was featured on The Colbert Report.

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

Archos Smart Home, Connected Home and Connected Self Smart objects

Posted by – January 17, 2014

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 launches 13.3″ Chromebook For $279

Posted by – January 17, 2014

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.

Panasonic Wearable 4K Camera

Posted by – January 16, 2014

Panasonic shows their 4K wearable camera that attaches to your head. The wearable camera is waterproof at 6 feet and dust resistant. Panasonic HX-A100 is the 1080p version of the camera available now for 199 USD with the 4K version to be available later this year. The wearable camera can be controlled through a smartphone or tablet. The Panasonic presenter is Cassandra Bodzak and here is her YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/gosweetandskinny

2014 predictions from Jeff Orr, ABI Research analyst

Posted by – January 16, 2014

Jeff Orr talks about the latest and upcoming advances in technolgy, what he thinks will be the most interesting trends in consumer electronics in 2014 and beyond. You can find Jeff Orr’s latest articles at http://www.fiercewireless.com/author/jefforr and the ABI Research’s YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7Wm9N2jnbPMI62rVNfwObQ with their “Ask the Analyst” analyst commentary.

You can watch my previous video filmed with Jeff Orr in June 2010 here: http://armdevices.net/2010/06/30/30-minutes-with-jeff-orr-of-abi-research/

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.

Sphero 2B tube shaped robot travels at 5 meters per second

Posted by – January 15, 2014

Orbotix shows their latest smartphone controlled gyro motion robot.

Quantenna Communications WiFi chipset, streams 4K over 802.11ac Wi-Fi

Posted by – January 15, 2014

Quantenna Communications demonstrates wireless 4K video transmission over Wi-Fi using their latest Set-top-box WiFi chipset.