Skully Helmets Wins Distinguished SXSW Accelerator Award in Wearable Technology Category — Skully Helmets

Our partner Skully Helmets did it again! They have won the SXSW Accelerator Award for best #wearable technology: congratulations.

Skully Helmets Wins Distinguished SXSW Accelerator Award in Wearable Technology Category — Skully Helmets.

LG’s Smart Bulb Connects With Your Smartphone

LG’s Smart Bulb Connects With Your Smartphone.

Internet of things allows to control your light bulb from your IOS or Android smartphone. We love this product and the idea of controlling the power management.

The Automotive Market is a Mirage for Traditional Chip Makers | SemiAccurate

The author share a very unique perspective about the market for SoC in the automotive industry. Despite the 100 millions in revenues claimed by Nvidia, this article claims that in the future there will be little if no use for sophisticated SoC. The point made is about the location of the intelligence in the car. He claims that the smart phone will continue to be the center of connectivity with the rest of the world and that it will contain all the CPU hungry features while the car will become a dumb terminal.

The Automotive Market is a Mirage for Traditional Chip Makers | SemiAccurate.

Have You Paid Your Linux Kernel Source License Fee? – xda-developers

Mediatek and open source: a difficult relationship. The author of this article is a very passionate open source coder. He explains here what adhering to the GPLv2 license means and how it can benefit to any hardware/semiconductors manufacturer. In his perspective open source allows good programmer to fix the code of lesser gifted ones. Yet Mediatek seems to believe that it is not the case. Do you have and opinion?

 

Have You Paid Your Linux Kernel Source License Fee? – xda-developers.

Android-based touchscreen router does home automation ·  LinuxGizmos.com

And kickstarter did it again: an Android based quadcore device which controls the home automation and is a router. It even connects to Nest, the connected thermostat recently acquired by Google. It embeds an Exynos SoC from Samsung. Actually the hardware platform is probably over-dimensioned for what it actually does. Yet it comes in the form factor of a tablet which means that for once the User Interface is user friendly.

As we could expect from such a sexy product, the pre-orders are higher than what was initially requested.

Android-based touchscreen router does home automation ·  LinuxGizmos.com.

20 ‘Unexpected’ Places Where You Will Find Linux

This article is fun because it does list all kids of places where Linux is used and these are institutional places such as the Spanish government, the French parliament, the US Navy nuclear fleet. This is amazing, yet I do hope that they all use recent versions of the kernel where the security features are strong. Guess why 🙂 It would be really tough on everybody if the US Navy nuclear fleet got hacked and somebody started to play with it.

20 ‘Unexpected’ Places Where You Will Find Linux.

The story of Motorola’s smartwatch from the man who designed it | The Verge

The story behind the Motorola smartwatch 360 is talled by its designer. The watch comes out this summer. It does not look like a geek device, it looks elegant and sleek. The biggest challenge faced was the power management. These watches consume a lot and we are not used to plugging in a watch every day.  Clearly the target is not the early adopters. This is the first step of Motorola into the Android wearable space. It is fun to learn throughout this article that the project was planned before competitors even appeared.

The story of Motorola’s smartwatch from the man who designed it | The Verge.

Hardware Freedom Day – Open Hardware

 

What did you do last saturday on Open Hardware Day?

Open hardware is an initiative stemming from open source software. And one day is dedicated to its celebration: the 15th of March. Check out this link to see what it is about.

Hardware Freedom Day – Open Hardware.

Samsung’s ultrasonic case is like a guide dog in your smartphone | Ars Technica

Samsung smart cover for the visually impaired

This is just the beginning of a new trend of smart covers specialized for the impaired or simply for fun. The cover is evolving into a sophisticated accessory. With the millions units smartphone market, even a small part of it represents an attractive market size for any individual product.

Samsung’s ultrasonic case is like a guide dog in your smartphone | Ars Technica.

Linux mini-PC and JavaScript speed IoT development ·  LinuxGizmos.com

Kinoma mini-PC sponsored by Marvell.

We like very much this kind of platform. Why? The processor is dated, it is a CortexA8 base, however it consumed 2Watts. This is quite nice. Sensors can be added without a breadboard which is both a clean and elegant approach. The connectivity of the device is good, some sensors can be connected through the WiFi.

A complete software stack is delivered together with the board. We are not big fans of the claim ‘accessing sensor values through Javascript’ although we understand its value for application developpers.

Open question: why did Marvell go to Indiegogo to fund and sell the device?

 

Linux mini-PC and JavaScript speed IoT development ·  LinuxGizmos.com.

14 Kickstarter Projects We're Excited for in 2014

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TGIF, today March the 14th, Mashable shares 14 cool devices available on kickstarter for 2014.

Some of these devices are mecanical, some are web apps and some are electronic gizmos. BayLibre likes most of them.

Which one is the device you like best? Let us know at social@baylibre.com

We are big fans of the electrical bike wheel, infoactive and python cord.

Hands-on with Samsung’s Tizen OS: An impressively capable Android clone | Ars Technica

Samsung shows a Tizen phone at mobile world congress.

Arstechnica journalist explains that this Tizen port to a Galaxy S4 was looking very much like an Android phone. It seems that Samsung is tempted by designing its own OS in order to become independent from Android-Google. The result seems pretty nice in terms of user interface.

We do agree though that the user interface is only one part of the story. The big strength of Android is the plethora of applications available. Will Samsung manage to create a real alternative to the Google store and the Google apps?

Hands-on with Samsung’s Tizen OS: An impressively capable Android clone | Ars Technica.

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Leaked HTC One cover turns your smartphone into a Lite Brite | The Verge

Leaked HTC One cover turns your smartphone into a Lite Brite | The Verge.

New HTC smartphone can display information through an array of Leds

This is just a leak to be confirmed in 2 weeks. The Led cover can display simple messages when the screen is off. This is a really cool feature and we would love to see a more complete, more sophisticated product come up following this trend.

$50 Roku stick goes HDMI y HDMI with Chromecast ·  LinuxGizmos.com

Interesting comparison between Roku stick and Chromecast.

Linuxgizmos definitely votes for Roku stick although we feel there is some bias comparing devices which were released within a year of each other. Roku is definitely a player to watch. What we find interesting here is that Roku is releasing a series of products which are adding value to each other: the stick, a full fledge remote, iPhone and Android remote control apps.

$50 Roku stick goes HDMI y HDMI with Chromecast ·  LinuxGizmos.com.

 

 

Deep Black: More details on Boeing’s new secure Android smartphone | Ars Technica

Deep Black: More details on Boeing’s new secure Android smartphone | Ars Technica.

Another secure smartphone being released, after Samsung, Boeing. There is a trend towards secure smartphones with each country having a dedicated one and some vendors (such as Samsung) providing some. Yet the question of performance, boot time and access to the service stays complete. So far, there has been no report on the actual speed of access to the service on these smartphones.

Cellular’s open source future is latched to tallest tree in the village | Ars Technica

Cellular’s open source future is latched to tallest tree in the village | Ars Technica.

This article demonstrates how open source technology can be used as a trigger to economical development. Take a village in West Papua isolated from the world which is of no economical interest to telecommunication operators. Install for a very low cost (thanks to open source technology) a local network. Connect it to the Internet. Create several services around the network with several business models. Result: this rural area is now connected and this connection  has generated revenues and economical growth.

Two awesome videos to help you celebrate Raspberry Pi’s 2nd birthday | Ars Technica

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BayLibre loves the video which shows many very different prototypes designed based on the Raspberry PI: giant spider, drones, squale, computer. You name it.