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VL53L0X is electronics component for measurement of distance.
The base principle is beam of light which is reflected from object and received to back. This time is measured by microcontroller in VL53L0X. From these values you can calculate distance of object from VL053L0X.

The transmitter is 940nm laser VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser). This technology is excelent for higher immunity of measurement against ambient light.

The distance can be up to 2 m (6.56 feet). Data are sent to host device through I2C bus (up to 400 KHz). The power consumption during measurement is maximal 19 mA, for SW standby 6 uA, for HW standby 5 uA.

STMicroelectronics released shield for Nucleo64 with this component. One component is included directly on top of shield, two components are called as satellite - VL053LX0 connected through 10 pin header....

Maybe you found this campaign on kickstarter with Arduino.
Modular development board which you can manage.
You can program it through grapical IDE and the project share to Arduino Cloud.

The choice of modules is very big. One module includes three sub-modules.
Fitness Monitor - GPS, OLED a Touch module
Seismic Detector - Motion, RGB LED, Buzzer module...

Developers which created Codebender, online IDE for programming of Arduino, launched kickstarter campaign for expansion of this IDE for very popular wireless chip ESP8266 (WiFi) and ESP32 (WiFi and BT)...

So, we have next single-board computer, which wants your interest and gets community for expansion.
Single-board computer which called MiQi with credit card size.
CPU RK3288 by Rockchip company (quad-core up to @1.8 GHz) provides more power for different projects.
CPU RK3288 contains FPU coprocessor...

After long time, we share interesting DIY project.
SumoCHIP is a project of robot, where the main component is very popular single board-computer C.H.I.P. computer.
You can find schematic, firmware and tutorial how to make robot on there website...

A lot of single-board computers have 64bit core, 1GB RAM, pin header with Raspberry Pi pinout etc, but I'm missing features like SATA and another. Globalscale Technologies made a new SBC with SATA bus. And more, also added USB3.0 and Gigabit ethernet for $39...

STMicroelectronics and Semtech released a new development board for IoT (Internet of Things).
The development board is designed for LoRaWAN™ network and it supports A and C classes.
The package includes two parts - boards. The first board contains Nucleo-64 development board with STM32L072 microcontroller and the second board contains LoRa™ module....
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I wrote a news about SiPy (SiPy - Sigfox, WiFi, BLE), pycom.io released a new development board called WiPy 2.0.
Development board with ESP32 od Espressif (we can expect a lot of new developmnet boards with ESP32 in a few weeks)
pycom.io writes that the range of signal is up to 1km...

I found very interesting device. It combines all of popular wireless technology.

SiPy. The device is based on ESP32, for faster development of your project.

It combines wireless technology like WiFi, BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and Sigfox which is used for IoT (Interent of Things)....
I updated the article about CHIP computer and webcamera. I added tutorial how to make a video. This article you can use with Raspberry Pi, Banana Pi, BeagleBone and another. Tutorial for forks of Debian, Ubuntu and another.

Article there: http://time4ee.com/articles.php?article_id=31

So, cnx-software.com shared news about new version of very popular single-board computer.
pcDuino in version 4. pcDuino4 is not available to sell. It's only desing of new version pcDuino.
What we can expect? Maybe:

- SoC – Allwinner H3 quad core Cortex A7 @ 1.2 GHz with an ARM Mali-400MP2 GPU up to 600 MHz
- System Memory – 1GB DDR3 SDRAM
- Storage – micro SD card slot...
CHIP computer contains I2C bus. You can connect a lot of sensors like temperature sensors, magnetometer, accelerometer. The sensors have to contain I2C bus of course.
In this article, I show you how to do it.

The article there: http://time4ee.com/articles.php?article_id=32

Make other electronics device for your development.
Tiny DDS generator. That's device which generates signal.

Project there: http://www.electronics-lab.com/project/tiny-dds-open-source-dds-generator/

We know the CHIP computer, we connected to WiFi, we used UART, we tried WiFi speed connection and USB flashdisc, we measured power consumption during the boot and after boot and we blinked with LED.
Today, we use USB webcam. At first I wrote that's very easy and you can you use it for a Raspberry Pi Zero, a Raspberry Pi, a BeagleBone, an Odroid and another SBC's, where you use a debian or fork of the debian (an ubuntu, a minibian etc.). It's very simple.

The article there: http://time4ee.com/articles.php?article_id=31

The name of Teensy is well-known.
After Teensy 1.0 and 2.0, which included microcontroller by Atmel company (AT90USB162 v1.0 and ATMega32U4 in v2.0) came the first kickstarter's Teensy 3 in 2012. It included 32 bit microcontroller.
Then (2014) the world saw Teensy 3.1 and 3.2.
If you still don't know what Teensy is, so, it is development board which is supported in Arduino IDE...
I found my small project - actually one bash script. You can use it for uploading your *.bin file (from your IDE) to Maple Mini.

EasyEDA. It is a free web-based tool for schematic capture, PCB layout, and circuit simulation. The best part of any cloud- or web-based development tool is that it runs on a remote server (no worries to install on local machines), always up to date, and is accessible from anywhere through internet. EasyEDA is a zero-install cloud-based EDA application; all you need is a web-browser and internet connection and you are ready to draw circuits, run SPICE simulation, design PCBs, and even place an order for fabricating PCBs. I have a very pleasant learning experience playing with it for a couple weeks and I found the learning curve wasn’t too steep.

Espressif released first version of datasheet for ESP32 module.
ESP-WROOM-32 is powerful WiFi-BT-BLE MCU module with target get a lot of makers and designers.

Module integrates Bluetooth, Low Energy Bluetooth (BLE) and WiFi. ESP32 chip contains 2 CPU, which could be individually controlled. Clock frequency can be adjustable from 80 MHz up to 240 MHz. The user can off CPU and use only low-power coprocessor for monitoring of peripherals and wakes up CPU after crossing of threshold or peripherals activity ...