Category: Maker

Why I like the Arduino Tre already

Let’s face it who can’t like the cross breeding between the Ti Beaglebone and the Arduino Uno.

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It’s a win-win situation, while the Beaglebone is the big boy with ethernet, hdmi, audio, 1Ghz ARM processing speed and 512MB ram. Similar to most processing power found in today low spec smartphones, the Uno with the Atmel AVR is still king in embedded processing, simple, lean and efficient.

The Arduino Tre has it all, I really hope it will be available early 2014,  I haven’t seen any pricing yet but let’s make the math Beaglebone black (55 euro) + Arduino Uno (24 euro) = 79 euro this will make a really cool deal. (price source http://www.electroshopdendermonde.be)

On the landingpage at Arduino.cc you’ll find more detailed specs.

Hopefully it finds a place in my new to design small 2.5D CNC portable routing machine, but more about that in another post…

 

RepairCafe Bornem

Last Saturday I participated at the first Bornem (Klein-Brabant) repair café.

The local TV channel made a small item of it which can be watched on their site http://www.rtv.be/artikels/nieuws/2013100513362210_eerste-repair-caf%C3%A9-in-klein-brabant

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The goal of the RepairCafe is to help people with broken products like a not working cd-player, a staff of ‘fixing people’ is available to  help and explain how to repair the broken product.

Products range from clothes to chairs to microwave ovens..

Sadly my 3D printer broken down a few times due to some unknown reasons (Murphy’s Law) so I spend most of my time fixing my own printer … luckily the camera guy had my printer on film before it broke down again.

So next time I hope to be printing some useful artefacts.

Free maker magazines

Essential reading for makers, the reprap magazine is an in depth magazine about 3D printing.

Features in depth articles and interviews.

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Over to The MagPI a magazine dedicated to the Raspberry PI, already a nice list of published issues.

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Ok, this last one isn’t free but is the über maker magazine – Make Magazine -, so it’s worth to pay for. Haven’t seen it on news stands in Belgium but can be bought online. Already collected a few issues.

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So start reading…