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MetaWear: Make Wearables in 30 Minutes or Less!
by Ryan Sailor ▪ 4.1.2014 News

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You can’t send an Arduino to production, but you can send a MetaWear!

A new Kickstarter by the team at mbientlab (mbientlab.com) features a device that promises to cut prototyping times and hardware development costs for hardware projects. Their device, the MetaWear, is a small development board, 17mm by 26 mm in size, that packs a Cortex-M0 microcontroller and Bluetooth 4.0. A simple API for iOS and Android makes it easy to utilize the MetaWear without writing a line of firmware.

The Mbientlab team launched a Kickstarter for their previous product, the Cubit, back in October. They learned the hard way that crowdfunding can fall short of goals if the product does not fit the market in just the right way. This did not discourage Laura Kassovic or Matt Baker, co-founders of Mbientlab, who saw an opportunity in using a generalized version of the Cubit’s electronics to create a device that could drastically speed up development time and reduce costs for many hardware startups. A few iterations later, the MetaWare was born.

Mbientlab wants the MetaWear to remove the hassle of hardware design so they designed it to be fully cost-optimized and production ready. Unlike an Arduino and breadboard prototype, the MetaWear needs no re-design after the prototyping stage and can be used in products that are ready-to-ship. Ideally, anyone can use Bluetooth Low Energy technology in their designs without the need of a professional electrical engineer.

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EE Times University Hosts Free Microcontroller Fundamentals Course
by Ryan Sailor ▪ 11.19.2013 Learn

The EE Times University hosts free online courses on a variety of topics covering the electrical engineering industry. They’ve been doing this for about a year, with topics ranging from high-speed digital design to industrial system design. Continue Reading

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The Beast: One Board To Rule Them All
by Ryan Sailor ▪ 11.12.2013 Hacks

“The Beast” is the result of an ambitious summer project by Swiss embedded systems engineer Mathieu Stephen. According to his blog he was given two months during the summer to create a piece of hardware for his father that could fulfill a number of connectivity and sensor control requirements. Mathieu, who goes by the alias “limpkin”, has a history of developing unique embedded devices such as The Whistled, an indoor solar energy harvester, and even a project for Logitech. Instead of using an Arduino or any other pre-fab microcontroller unit, he opted for a homemade approach for The Beast.

Sexy close-up of The Beast. source: limpkin's blog

Sexy close-up of The Beast. source: limpkin’s blog

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