Samsung introduces Arduino compatible ARTIC platform

Probably any significant chip manufacturer already have their own version of Arduino compatible platform. This is inevitable process, since millions of developers are already using open source platforms successfully and always are looking for new ideas and solutions. Samsung also made their ARTIC fully Arduino compatible


Currently they introduced several versions of ARTIC boards that scale up in terms of features and size. Smallest board which is 12mm x 12mm of size packs ARM based Dual Core 250MHz with 1Mb on chip RAM plus 4Mb Flash. It has BLE connectivity and additionally include 9 axis motion sensor. Other boards are more advanced that come with faster multicore ARM processors with GPU plus 512Mb/2Gb LPDDR3 RAM. Connectivity features include WiFi, BT, BLE, ZigBee. GPU works with hardware based video codecs. Boards can be programmed using same Arduino IDE what makes transition much simpler to existing users.


Portable GPS tracker for patients with Alzheimer’s disease

We see many tracker devices that serve various purposes. Most of them are for fun, for securing things, but this one earns respect because it is used to track Alzheimer’s patients. This is quite problematic area for relatives who have such a patient. He can leave and then forget where to return. This little tracked device may help reduce the trouble of finding such people.


LoganP2 shared his simple build where he uses Arduino micro, GSP breakout board and Adafruit FONA board for getting location from a distance. Everything is placed inside 3D printed box. It seems that after prototyping there are plans for making more compact and more ergonomic version.


Compact Raspberry Pi camera

There are several Raspberry Pi based camera projects. PiJuice decided to build something even smaller, so he came up with compact camera project. He’s chosen Raspberry Pi A+ which is smallest Rasberry Pi. Next thing he had to deal with was power supply. He used PiJuice module which takes care of charging battery and generating necessary voltage for Raspberry Pi.


There is one obvious choice for camera module so nothing to add here. On a back side of camera he attached Adafruit 2.2” TFT screen which comes with four navigation buttons. He also laser cut basic enclosure to make it look like real camera that can be taken anywhere for capturing photos and videos.