The EasyEDA project seems like an interesting project. They are developing a production quality EDA system, but with a different monitization model. The plan is to offer free, ad-supported, accounts, cheap, ad-free, accounts and premium accounts. The main revenue stream is not to come from these accounts, but from a prototyping service. So, if that service really flies, the tool might be free for everyone. One interesting part of the account plan is that one can upgrade the account not only by paying, but also by contributing howtos, schematic symbols, etc.
In addition to applying gamification and a different revenue model, they already have 75000+ schematic and 15000 spice libraries, so it looks as if the contents is growing.
I’m looking forward to seeing how this works out. It looks promising to me.
The Arduboy platform is heading for kickstarter. It is a creditcard shaped gaming platform featuring capacitive buttons, a small OLED screen, speakers, battery and a barebone Arduino (atmega).
I think that this looks great for gaming, but can think of a gazillion more applications. Just having access to a really low cost, customizable interface like this can revolutionize user interfaces to many low end embedded projects.
Over at schematics.com you can find designs and share your designs in an online community. This can be a handy resource for finding reference designs. An interesting detail is the contribution from semi-conductor manufacturers. For instance, NXP are contributing designs to the site.
I guess very few have missed the Internet phenomena Flappy Bird. It is a rare occasion when a game is retracted for being addictive.
There are a number of clones out there. According to arstechnica you can run it on your Pebble watch, Nintendo 3DS, basically and conceivable smartphone out there, and more.
More interestingly, according to boingboing, you can also have a go on your Atari 2600, ZX81, TI calculator or C64. This really shows that the gaming experience that you can get from a multicore gigahertz smartphone packing gigabytes of RAM and FLASH can be achieved using a few thousand bytes of ram, a couple of megaherts and an 8 bit CPU.
So, it has been a while since the last update on this site. There have been loads of reasons for this – lots to do at work, having a second kid, trying to write a book, etc. All positive problems in my world resulting in fewer posts here.
Recently I’ve missed this site, so now it is time to start pushing again. I hope that you will enjoy the ride!
What is the first thing to do when you have video out on your microcontroller? Some say Tetris, other say Pong.
I won’t lie – it’s unlikely your daughter will be giving up her Nintendo DS, and this isn’t going to provide hours of fun for the whole family – but it is an awesome and easy project to improve your Arduino coding.
We’ll make two basic controllers, and the video will output to your TV through a standard composite video cable.
To participate upload your project as Fritzing file into the Fritzing project gallery till the 11 of July (12 o’clock CET). It must be published under Creative Commons License – Share Alike and the tags should contaion the tag »PCBgoodie«.