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State of hardware and software to tinker with

March 7, 2012


Every so now and then I compile a little state of things. See this list of articles for this current and past posts. Faster, better, more compact, more productive When you want to build stuff, today is the best time to live and next week will be even better. Android internals: System on a Chip […]

The search for hardware below 100 euro – Android stuff keeps dropping in price

August 26, 2011


The search for hardware below the 100 euro price tag When you build stuff that needs some kind of computing power beyond the 20 euro PLC/Arduino scope, Android devices might be your first weapon of choice. When I started to focus my attention on Android in 2010, the cheapest hardware you could find where the […]

The tinkerers price levels list – June 2011: low budget hardware to build smart stuff

June 23, 2011


What is this list about? Tipping point for the “Internet of Things” – I believe one of the main factors for a break through of DIY Smart Spaces and DIY “Internet of Things” is price: the cost of building and buying your own stuff. Same price, more options – As time progresses, more possibilities are […]

Hacking away with Android pt 7 – Februari 2011 overview on what you can- and can not do with Android (devices)

February 11, 2011


Although Android tablets are offered for Netbook and Notebook prices and perceived to be the “replacement” for Netbooks (like apparently Acer is assuming), Android tablets are far from “there”. As it its really hard to find anything about where we are right now with Android and where each tablet could be placed related to the […]

Tablets, Android, fragmentation and marketing versus product development

January 14, 2011


The Android market is “fragmented”. Also, it is “not as good an experience as Apple”. Criticasters on the platform blame the OS itself. I think that is not where the pain lies. Bottom line is, that it is really frustrating to have relatively low cost hardware with a lot of potential hacking possibilities and not […]

Hardware as a commodity pt 2: The phone as laptop replacement

January 10, 2011


In May 2010 I held a presentation at NEXT in Germany titled: “Hardware as a Commodity” and what that will change. The basis of that presentation were the concepts I wrote down in this blog post a few days before the event. I will give you a few slides from that presentation here to show […]

ARM and the long tail of Acorns RISC computers

January 9, 2011


Right now, ARM is maybe one of the best, most silent and most successful challengers of Intel’s x86 dominance. If you would ask me: “who the fuck is ARM?” I would not blame you. As they have been a very modest builder of dominance in the mobile world and do not advertise: “ARM Inside” on […]

Hacking away with Android pt 5 – insides of the Archos 32 and photos of LCD screens

November 18, 2010


At the beginning of November 2010 I dropped my Archos 32. Due to the impact the power switch was dislodged. As the warranty is usually only valid for hardware failure due to construction faults I decided to take it apart. [Update, April 2011] It seems I am not the only one with this issue. If […]

Trends: The Roomware and Roomware related landscape for the next 5 to 10 year

May 1, 2010


This article investigates the landscape of information, information access, domotica, smart houses, biometry, smart cities and cloud computing. High end technology is becoming a commodity. This allows small groups of people to produce high quality goods of any type. This gives us power to build and run our own "Cloud" from home and produce our own clean energy. This gives us the tool to monitor our own health in real time and correct the ways we use our bodies for the better.