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?

 

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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.

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.

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.

Are these heads up display products yet another Google Glass clone?

These products look at first sight like yet another clone of Google Glasses. In fact they are much more.

They are not used to surf the web while walking or to provide an augmented reality experience. Their main users are the….vision impaired. This company had the great idea to use the Google glass technology to help the people who could not read due to a lack of vision. The Glasses read out loud for them! The camera records the text read, it is transmitted to a could based reading algorithm through wireless connectivity. The interpreted text is read out loud for the vision impaired to listen.

The BayLibre team loves this usage of heads up display product. A CES 2014 marvel.

Did you know that BayLibre had the honor to appear in the newspaper?

A couple of months ago, we had the honor to get this great article in the newspaper and are happy to share it with you.

It is a nice and crisp description of the company, what we do and why. It is rare enough to have a journalist be so sharp that we’d like to dedicate this post to Florence.

And CES 2014 also showed new electrical vehicles

This vehicle is designed by a Californian startup. This is actually a prototype. It is fully electrical and should be available to buy by the end of the year. It has two wheels, can contain a single passenger and has an automated balancing system. In a curve, the vehicle will not inclined beyond 30 degrees without being balanced out by the system.

 

Cool devices live from the CES

You may have heard that announcements at CES 2014 this year were all about connected devices, from tiny “Internet of Things” devices up to cars and homes, through wearable devices (smart watch, glass, clothes). Well, we wanted to check this out all by ourselves, so we sent our famous reporter, Guillene, onsite to reveal the truth to you. Guess what? It was true! Guillene reported announcements from Google (Open Automative Alliance), Audi (OOA, Audi Smart Display), Toyota (FV2), Mercedes-Benz (Intelligent Connected Car, Predictive User Experience), MyKronoz, AiQ Smart Clothes, iSmartAlarm, and many many more! See more live pictures below, and stay tuned!

Oh, one more thing: if you ever were at CES, please take the opportunity to have a chat with Guillene!