NERP is not exclusively Raspberry Pi, the small computerand embedded systems interest group at Pumping Station:One in Chicago. NERP meets every other Monday at 7pm at Pumping Station:One, 3519 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago.
Andrew Kilkenny is a professional embedded Android kernel hacker. At NERP on Monday he will introduce Android as an emebedded OS. He’ll show functional demos, then after the meeting have a hands-on Android compilation festival. If you want to partcipate in the hands-on part, clear out some space on your hard drive for Eclipse and the Android Libraries!
The Android Operating system has revolutionized the embedded world. Originally developed for your phone, the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) enables the adaptation of the cell-phone oriented operating system into any product you can dream of. You can find Android in Airplane In-Flight-Entertainment Systems, in Washing Machines, and in Refrigerators. Any embedded system with an LCD screen can benefit from Android’s advanced Graphical User Interface (GUI) tools by rapidly developing Android Applications using the stock development environment. Join us for NERP where we explore how to use embedded Android on the BeagleBone Black (BBB) and Minowboard MAX. We’ll load the software, hop in on a command line, and twiddle some bits! We’ll also go over Android software architecture and practical applications of embedded Android. Following the NERP session there will be a guided demonstration on downloading and installing the AOSP and eclipse tools. A computer with Ubuntu (12.04 or 14.04) and lots of hard drive space will be needed to build the AOSP.
Find NERP and Pumping Station:One at
Doors open at 6:30pm. The next meeting is December
NERP is free and open to the public.
Ed Bennett ed @ kinetics and electronics com
Tags: electronics, embedded, NERP, Open Source,
raspberry pi, hackerspace, Beagle Bone, Element14, Pumping
Station One, IoT, Android
We have a very special event planned for the next CNC Build Club meeting on Thursday, July 18th. We are going to do a Gonzo Build with the Make With Moto crew. Make With Moto is a Velcro covered Sprinter van filled with making equipment that is touring the country. In addition to the making equipment they have a bunch of unlocked and hacked Android smartphones. They have been doing hack-a-thons around the country.
We thought it would be awesome to do something that combines our CNC hacking skills with their phone hacking skills. We would temporarily remove the “a-thon” and do a one night Gonzo build.
The plan is to do a digitally controlled camera slider. The phone would replace the camera and control the motion. We are still seeing what is feasible on the phone control options, but ideally you could control the phone from a second phone and view live video or snap shots from the slider phone.
It will probably look similar to this camera slider that was done in the past, but it will have a mount for a camera and have all the drivers on the slider.
Inventables will be supplying all the CNC materials. As the details get more firmed up, I will edit this post so check back later. If you have any other ideas, let me (Bart) know. We may be able to get materials for multiple versions.
The next NERP (Not Exclusively Raspberry Pi) meeting will be at 7pm Monday Sept. 10th. See the NERP Meetup page for more information on location, meeting format, etc.
NERP is Not Exclusively Raspberry Pi, and this Monday’s meeting will also discuss Android and beer.
During fermentation beer must be kept at fairly precisely controlled temperatures. The required temperature varies with the stage of fermentation and other factors.
Any self-respecting beer temperature monitor would be accessible from the ‘net, and this one is no exception. Monday, Eric Stein will show Brewing Station: One’s Raspberry Pi based temperature monitor and controller. Eric will show how the Python code and electronics work and discuss some issues around controlling temperature. Sampling the product will have to wait until Beer Church taps the keg.
The Desktop is DEAD, Long live the Desktop: The Android 4.0 miniPC
Jay will be doing a short walk-thru and talk about the user-land experience with the new Ricomagic MK802 thumb-drive-sized pocket-computer. Jay will be demoing android 4.x, Fedora, Ubuntu and/or puppy linux on the Ricomagic MK802. The Ricomagic MK802 is a $65 Cortex A8 1GHZ processor with 1GB of DDR3 Ram, 4 GB flash, wifi and a 500MH GPU (Mali 400) with HDMI video. The small computing landscape is changing fast, and the Raspberry Pi is only part of the story.