Archive for the Category: ' Electronics '
“Every time I see your stupid [expletive] braces on those stupid [expletive] teeth of yours on that stupid [expletive] face of yours I just want to kill you with my bear fists.” [sic]
This is the kind of message you’ll get if you start an Anti-Obscenity Club. Kind of fucked-up, I think. But if you’re so opposed to foul language, I suppose you’ll upset the wrong kind of characters.
Nowadays, Moore’s Law means not only are our computers more powerful, but also that it’s easier and cheaper for consumers to get DIY electronics products that are really powerful. Following in the path of Arduino, you can check out FPGA USB 2.0 hardware modules, which allow you to do your own designing of hardware. And you can program them in languages like C and Python, which means that assembly code is not needed!
It’s obvious that this trend will continue. One day, we may all be able to have any electronics products we like easily made–by ourselves if we so desire. But will schools be teaching the kinds of skills needed for learning about this kind of engineering? Or will we be reliant on low-paid workers to make our products for us? Is it worth building our electronics ourselves, when we can easily go to the store and buy an iPhone instead?
Here’s a great idea: The Eee Keyboard. It’s a keyboard with a built in computer. It’s quite similar to the Eee Box, which is an extremely small computer that requires peripherals to be attached. The big difference is that you can lug the Eee Keyboard to anywhere there’s a monitor, plug it in, and type away, all without the necessity of also bringing a keyboard. Haven’t seen any pictures yet online…
Hello Kitty Laptops by Gadzooki.
Would you like a Hello Kitty Laptop? That’s interesting. Because they have their own brand of computer now. It’s the Hello Kitty Laptop, based on the Epson Endeavor. So cute, you should die.
Now that I have OPIE installed on my PDA (ASUS MyPal A716), I feel really happy. However, after a little more research I realize that OPIE hasn’t been officially maintained since about 2006. I contacted the guy who maintains the OPIE image for the A716, and he kind of suggested if there was any work to be done, it would be on the OPIE end.
Finally, I discovered that another group, Angstrom, has been working towards making Linux avilable for embedded devices such as the A716. And since they support the OPIE GUI, that’s cool. The next step, then, is for me to see about running Angstrom on my A716. Despite it’s age, the A716’s processor is a 400 MHz ARM PXA255, still a strong processor, I believe.
An additional thing that’s interesting about Angstrom is that people have succeeded using it to run Google Android with a Zaurus, a PDA which happens to have a PXA255. The question is, how much time do I have? My first step will be to get Angstrom running on the A716… Then, I’ll take it from there. ‘ll keep you posted.