The BananaPi R1 has been released and I have just received mine. It doesn’t feel like too long ago that I reviewed the Banana Pi and talked about how much better of a machine it is. Since then I have picked up 4 more BPIs and now I have my R1. The R1 is an open source router that has a BPI built in. The router features a 4 port switch and wifi. Of course you will need to make your own case (perhaps 3D printed?) and it comes as just a single PCB.
Kickstarter has no shortage of 3D printers, there is a new one claiming to change the world of 3D printing every other week. The iBox Nano is exceptionally interesting though. Aside from it’s terrible name (I hate when people put i in front of the name) it seems to be a really interesting printer. Instead of using spools of APS or PLA plastic this printer actually uses resin. Because of this it can take up a lot less space and being built off a Raspberry Pi keeps it open and hackable.
I am not only a huge fan of Arduino, but if you have ever visited this site before you will know I am a big fan of 3D printing as well. When I heard that Arduino was developing it’s own sub $1000 3D printer that is modular, open, and available as a kit I was pretty excited. The Materia 101 is designed for beginners, makers, and enthusiasts alike which means that it could end up as the standard for many hobbyists.
I am an avid Chromebook user. I have been using mine for about a year now, it is a great little device that serves several uses for our house. It is my daughter’s primary computer, she plays games and reading exercises on it. My Girlfriend uses the Chromebook for general purpose web browsing and I use it to stream to my Chromecast. The Chromebook is one of the most used computers in my house, so when Google announced at Google I/O this year that they were toying around with the idea of bringing Android apps to Chrome OS I lost my mind.
Lately if you are on any social media platform you are probably being bombarded by people posting videos and status updates about how the new Facebook Messenger app is tapping their phone and how this is the worst thing to ever happen. This is largely the fault of the Huffington Post.
Personally I am a huge fan of Android, I have been a user for some time and I have even developed several apps which are being used by more than 50,000 users total. It should come as no surprise that when Google first Announced Android Wear I was excited and when everybody at Google IO 2014 (which I didn’t win a ticket to!) received a device I was jealous. I finally got my hands on the LG G Watch, in my opinion the nicest looking of the first 3 Android Wear watches.
The CreatorBot is the first affordable Two Color commercial, there are many 3D printers on Kickstarter but this one is one of the more interesting machines. I am looking forward to seeing printers of this quality out on the market. You can see more of it on their page.
I am a big fan of the Raspberry Pi, I have used several different versions including the Model A, and B. I have also been using the Banana Pi, a board build from the Raspberry Pi with beefed up hardware. Today a package arrived at my apartment and inside was the new Raspberry Pi Model B+. First impressions of the board are nice, and some of the improvements are exciting and some of the improvements lead me to believe there might be a Raspberry Pi 2 in the near future.
I want a laser cutter, although I can easily build prototypes and 3D print all the small cases and stuff I am still lacking something of a professional clean finish. Laser cutters are big, expensive machines that certainly don’t really belong in my apartment (I am sure my girlfriend wouldn’t be happy). The laser cube not only fixes this, but is open source at that.
The Cake Board is a unique bread BreadBoard that will make it a lot easier to do some things while prototyping. This board is not only compatible with LEGO which is just the coolest but it is also double sided which makes stacking the boards or connecting the GPIO pins from a RaspberryPi or Arduino to the board super easy. This board is on Kickstarter right now and you can check out the page here.