embedded systems

  • RePhone Lets You Turn Anything Into A Phone

    RePhone Lets You Turn Anything Into A Phone

    Making a cellphone is easy. You go into a mine, pull up some ore, extract various metals and then add components that you manufacture from other mines. Then you have to get FCC clearance and create lithium ion battery. Finally, you need to write a Snake game. If you can’t do that, try RePhone. The project is actually a tiny circuit board with a SIM slot and an optional screen. It… Read More

  • Linux Foundation's Yocto Project To Join Forces With OpenEmbedded To Advance Embedded Linux

    The Yocto Project, a working group of the Linux Foundation, is likely something most of you have never heard of. It’s “an open source collaboration project that provides templates, tools and methods to help you create custom Linux-based systems for embedded products regardless of the hardware architecture.” The Yocto Project has been compatible with OpenEmbedded, “the… Read More

  • Boot Linux in the blink of an eye

    I’m not overly fussy about how long it takes my computer to boot. Some people are. Some people also trainspot. Whatever. Anyway, there’s been a lot of hooplah about making Linux boot faster and faster. (Aside: this is one of the benefits of an open system like Linux: you can twiddle the plumbing to do exactly this sort of thing!) I’ve heard people boast about booting from a… Read More

  • Air and noise monitors to be placed throughout Buenos Aires

    Smart. These poles have gear mounted on them to detect pollutants and humidity, and they detect noise as well. They’ll be scattered throughout Buenos Aires as part of an ongoing push towards being eco-friendly down there in Argentina. There are only 42 sensor-poles at the moment so the data won’t be too rich, but it’s enough to get some rough gradients and identify… Read More