Open Source RF supplies source code for a number of demonstrator
applications including LED lighting control, temperature sensors, house
plant watering sensors, proximity and motion sensors, relay switches,
audio controls, robotics, theatrical props and special effects, sound,
light or button-press detectors, and various home automation and control
Open Source RF also offers a series of stackable
accessory boards that can plug into stand-off connectors. The accessory
boards include a USB power and programming board, RGB LED indicator and
push-button board, quad servo controller board, generic prototyping
board, single AAA battery board, dual AAA battery board, and a CR2032
coin-cell battery board.
No price is given for the board but it
appears that boards will be shipped to backers of Open Source RF on
kickstarter.com. A $49 pledge of support plus $10 for shipping outside
the United States secures the promise of an RFduino board plus a USB
accessory board and a LED/pushbutton accessory board.
Kazanchian, the founder of Open Source RF founder, said that the advent
of Bluetooth low energy has revolutionized the wireless market by
offering smartphone and tablet connectivity as standard at no additional
Well, this opens up a lot of possible projects/applications for Arduino - smartphone/tablet interactions. I would like to try the combination to see how well the development kit works with various devices.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.