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The Apollo 11 Documentary directed by Todd Douglas Miller and sponsored by CNN films will premier tonight, June 23rd, 2019, on CNN.  This is an awesome documentary that outlines the moments before the historic Apollo 11 launch with Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on board, to the landing on the Moon and the journey back to earth.  There is no narration and all of the video and audio is from the archives of the US Space program which Todd Douglas Miller and crew sifted t ...
So, on Dad's day I was surprised by a gift from my daughter that was sitting on the table.  It's was Adam Savage's latest book Every Tool's a Hammer which details his journey as a developing Maker.  For those not familiar with Adam Savage, he was one half of the duo host on the MythBusters series along with Jamie Hyneman as well as the adult (age wise at least) on MythBusters Jr. Adam also supports and shares his builds and workings with others on the Tested website and is one of the t ...
Month of Robots Enter Your Project for a chance to win robot prizes for your robot builds and a $200 shopping cart!  The Birthday Special: Robot Prizes for Robot Projects! Back to The Project14 homepage Project14 Home Monthly Themes Monthly Theme Poll   Overview A typical technique used with Rolling Robots to avoid obstacles is to use sensors such as Infrared Sensors, Ultra Sonic Sensors, Light Sensors and similar devices.  This is mainly due to the limited processing power of ...
Month of Robots Enter Your Project for a chance to win robot prizes for your robot builds and a $200 shopping cart!  The Birthday Special: Robot Prizes for Robot Projects! Back to The Project14 homepage Project14 Home Monthly Themes Monthly Theme Poll   Overview  In a previous post, and introduction to the NVIDIA Jetson Nano JetBot was given showing the parts required to create the JetBot as per the NVIDIA specs.  In this post, these parts will be used to assemble the Je ...
Month of Robots Enter Your Project for a chance to win robot prizes for your robot builds and a $200 shopping cart!  The Birthday Special: Robot Prizes for Robot Projects! Back to The Project14 homepage Project14 Home Monthly Themes Monthly Theme Poll   Overview  It took a bit, but I was able to finally gather the bits and pieces to get started on my version of the NVIDIA Jetson Nano JetBot.  The JetBot is an Mobile Robot Platform that uses the NVIDIA Jetson Nano for its ...
In the latest TIOBE Index report, there has been a recent rise of interest in the use of C++ again and I have seen this personally through multiple Embedded and Firmware job postings which ask for C++ as a primary language.  It is already popular in the Game industry and has been used in many of the NASA rovers, so it really had not gone away.  It is interesting that is has moved Python out of number 3, but not completely surprising.   It seems Assembly had gained some increased ...
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NVIDIA Jetson Nano

Posted by jomoenginer Apr 8, 2019
I recently received the NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developers Kit I had ordered. https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/autonomous-machines/embedded-systems/jetson-nano/   Now it's time to build a JetBot for running ROS.  Let the fun begin.   ...
It looks like Dr. Derek Molloy, the author of the very popular Exploring Beaglebone and Exploring Raspberry Pi, is creating a second edition of his Beaglebone book which will include the PocketBeagle as well as the BeagleBone Black Wireless. Dr' Molloy's books are very comprehensive and include a ton of great examples of how to use the BeagleBone but the first edition is a bit dated which is understandable considering speed at which Linux support on the platform has changed.   The new ...
For those in the NorCal area, the Rocklin, CA Mini Maker Faire will be in full swing this Saturday October 6th from 9am to 4pm at Sierra College.    There is something for everyone, young, old, young at heart or even old at heart.   If we are lucky, there will even be some Battle Bots Bots there such Tombstone since the builder is local.    I plan to be there to help with the Sacrobotics Booth and to talk robotics and show off some things I've been working on.&# ...
So, Hasbro has created its own crowdsourcing platform called Haslab where in it's latest venture has succeeded in raising $3.85M with the Vintage Collection Jabba's Sail Barge (The Khetanna). It's a nice looking replica of the Barge and will certainly add value to the backers collection.  Perhaps these will be available for the holidays at the end of the year.   https://www.hasbrolab.com/   http://www.starwars.com
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TI has updated their SimpleLink offerings to bring the SimpleLink MCU Platform where the SimpleLink devices will be converged under a single platform and share the same tools across each device in the platform.   SimpleLink MCU Platform   This is listed on the TI website: 100 percent code compatibility across SimpleLink MCU portfolio TI Drivers offers standardized set of functional APIs for integrated peripherals Integrated TI-RTOS, a robust, intelligent kernel for complete, out-o ...
This looks like a nifty tool to have when working with TI LaunchPads.  The Breadboard BoosterPack is a break-out board that plus on to the LaunchPad from either the top or the bottom of the board providing access to the LaunchPad pins even when there are other BoosterPacks installed.   Having access to these pins during development allows adding instrumentation to read inputs and outputs without trying to workaround the BoosterPacks on the board.  I'm seriously looking to get ...
For my Safe Sound Hearing Guard System project I plan to use a  BOOSTXL-K350QVG-S1 with a TI MSP432 for the base unit The QVGA TFT will be used for user input to the system to set dB thresholds and view data collected from the noise sampling from the Personal Noise Sensor and Room Unit I did not find the  BOOSTXL-K350QVG-S1 example in MSPWare v3.x so I resorted back to a v2.x of MSPWare and Code Composer 6.x since the older MSPWare example fails the build process in CCS 7(At the time t ...