EasyEDA: Free Web-Based PCB Design and Simulation Tool

EasyEDA

EasyEDA is a free online tool for drawing circuit schematics, designing PCB layouts and generating fabrication files. An integrated fabrication service allows users to print their PCBs, effectively supporting the entire workflow of designing a new electronics board. Vast libraries of components and models are available, additionally open source models can be loaded and customized. The integrated SPICE circuit simulator allows for quickly analyzing the circuit and generating reports.

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Little Robot Friends Are Back on Kickstarter

The smart and cute Little Robot Friends are searching for your attention on Kickstarter with more sensors, new features and even more cuteness. The robots are compatible with Arduino and can be easily customized from iOS and Android mobile apps. They are highly interactive and are ideal for STEM education being instantly appealing to kids who can learn about electronics and programming simply by playing and having fun.

The new Little Robot Friends

The new Little Robot Friends | Image credit: Aesthetec Studio

The cute electronic characters were created by Canadian company Aesthetec Studio and the first generation hit the market in 2014. Along the revised Curvy, Spikey and Ghosty comes Crafty — a new character geared towards rapid prototyping of new robots.

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How to Install Debian on the Intel Galileo Gen 2

Debian and Intel Galileo Gen 2

Intel Galileo boards are adding some unique features to the ever-expanding Arduino hardware universe. On-board connectivity and versatility for certain usage scenarios represent, in my opinion, key aspects of these boards. This article focuses on how to install a Debian Linux distribution on the Intel Galileo Gen 2, as well as an analysis of the board’s performance as a mini computer stacked up against a Raspberry Pi 2 used for reference.

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Sharp RoBoHoN Robot Smartphone Goes on Sale Next Month

Earlier this week Sharp announced pricing and launch date for their unique humanoid-shaped robotic smartphone called RoBoHoN. The robot can be pre-ordered and will be on sale from May, 26 this year for a price of 198,000 Yen, equivalent to about 1,800 US Dollars. It will be available at first only Japan through a regional carrier, however the company has plans to bring it to other markets as well. Introduced in Fall 2015 at CEATEC in Japan the robot was present at numerous fairs including this year’s MWC.

RoBoHoN Mobile Robotic Phone

RoBoHoN | Image credit: Sharp

RoBoHoN was developed in partnership with Professor Tomotaka Takahashi at the University of Tokyo, and reflects his vision in most aspects. The robot aims to be more than just an expensive communication gadget but rather to provide companionship for its owner, having a feature set that allows it to perform some fairly advanced tasks.

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Weekend Stories: The Falcon Has Landed, Festo Flying Object, and Romeo Can Walk

Falcon 9 landing at sea

Falcon 9 first stage rocket successfully landed

I dare to say that we are living history in the making. Yesterday, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, SpaceX launched a resupply mission to the International Space Station. There was however a secondary purpose, while the Dragon CRS-8 spacecraft has the mission to deliver its 3.2 Ton cargo and inflatable habitat – another premiere – to the ISS on Sunday, the Falcon 9 first stage rocket had to be retrieved in one piece soon after, by propulsion landing it on their “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship at sea. It was a complete success and a remarkable achievement, further supporting the concept of reusable rockets and bringing all of us one step closer to consumer space travel. Watch the webcast replay in case you missed it, or read more about the CRS-8 mission.

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Sweep: An Affordable Scanning LIDAR Sensor for any Mobile Robot

Sweep is a low-cost 360 degree scanning laser sensor capable of delivering advanced sensing capabilities for a retail price of only US $249. The sensor is also compact and lightweight making it an ideal candidate for almost any type of robotic application – be it a multirotor drone, self-driving car, or advanced tracking and positioning system. Sweep has already proven itself in beta testing, and by the time it reaches the market drivers and SDKs will be available for all major development platforms.

Sweep scanning LIDAR sensor

Sweep scanning LIDAR sensor | Image credit: Scanse

The sensor is the product of many years of research and has been created by Scanse – a team of two engineers from San Leandro, California with a background in developing outdoor consumer robots. With less than three days to go the project has been successfully funded, having surpassed the US $230,000 campaign goal.

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Microsoft Announces Linux Shell Integration on Windows 10

Microsoft is making a bold and surprising move by integrating the popular Bash shell into Windows, once again demonstrating the company’s developer oriented approach adopted only a few years back. The Linux command line will be native to the OS and is the fruit of Microsoft’s partnership with Canonical – the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution. It will be introduced as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update which will be rolled out this summer.

Ubuntu Bash shell comes to Windows 10

Image credit: Microsoft

The announcement was made at the Build 2016 convention, held this week in San Francisco, by Director Kevin Gallo and received thunderous applause from the audience as well as immense appreciation worldwide.

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