Papilio user Larry McGovern just posted this beautiful design for a 3D printed case that turns your Papilio Logic Analyzer into a sleek device.
What an incredibly helpful video! See first hand all the steps to manufacture a PCB. This answers all the questions I’ve always had when designing a board…
As we continue to puzzle out all the different approaches to create an IoT application something that caught our eye was Node-Red. It’s billed as a visual tool for wiring the Internet of Things. The home page says this:
Node-RED is a tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways.
The intro video shows a pretty snazzy GUI for wiring elements together:
This article shows how to tie your hardware into the Node-Red mix.
Now the question is what is the best way to run a node.js server?
With the soon to be released GadgetBox IoT enclosures we have been on the hunt for server solutions to drive our IoT devices. We really like Blynk so far, but it is not free. So when we saw this VPS based solution we knew it was something to put on the list to evaluate!
If anyone gets a chance to check it out we’d love to hear about it in the forums.
Alvie pointed us to this amazing new website that lets you drag and drop an EAGLE board file and view it in 3D. While there are other sites that have been around for a while do the same thing, this is the first site that lets you edit the components on the board with ease. We were able to make a fully populated 3D view in a matter of minutes with this tool! It usually takes over half an hour to do the same thing with the other tools we use. This is great if you want to show off your board or make a very clear view of your board for your board manufacturer’s.
Thanks for the great tip Alvie!
Over in the forums Ken Boak, James Bowman, and myself have been playing with a prototype shield (codename Evita) using the EVE FT812 chip and the Papilio DUO. Ken developed a nice board and James has been able to overclock the thing to output a nice crisp 1024×768 resolution through a VGA connector. Things have been coming along so nicely we have to ask ourselves, could this be the birth of the Gameduino 3? Do people want a Gameduino 2 with VGA output at 1024×768 resolution? If so then please drop by the forum and join the discussion, let us know what you like about the design and what you would like to see added to make it the perfect board for your needs. We’ve already broken the design down to it’s individual sections in the forum and would love your feedback!
Here is a video of it in action:
Here is a screenshot of the PCB Design:
Some specs from Ken’s post:
µGFX is a library to interface all kinds of different displays and touchscreens to embedded devices. The main goal of the project is it to provide a set of feature rich tools like a complete GUI toolkit while keeping the system requirements at a minimum.
Altium’s free version of their PCB software called Circuit Maker is open to the public now. We gave it a spin and liked it, here is a video showing some more details.
Dave gives his first impression of Altium’s new FREE PCB design tool for the maker community, Circuit Maker.