ELECTRONICS: Fueling an active open source community with a flexible, fan-less and low-cost embedded development board, Digi-Key Corp. announced it is shipping Revision C of the popular BeagleBoard from BeagleBoard.org. The latest version offers increased design flexibility with twice the memory (256 MB RAM), additional high-speed USB port and an LCD expansion connector. Based on a Texas Instruments’ OMAP3530 processor, the BeagleBoard bridges desktop and embedded development by delivering laptop-like performance in a pocketsize, 3 x 3-inch form factor for innovative projects ranging from robots, netbooks and mobile Internet devices to entire Linux distributions and gaming frameworks. BeagleBoard Revision C (Digi-Key part number 296-23428-ND) is available for $149.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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