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Nodana connects with Intel® Joule™ for the first non-ARM 96Boards device.

Nodana breaks the rules with 96Boards!

Gumstix took all of the components that make the 96Boards Consumer Edition specification great and wired it up to the Joule connectors, to create the Nodana 96Boards Consumer Edition (96BCE) for the Intel Joule module. The tiny Intel® Joule™ module delivers all the power of a quad-core processor akin to the Core-I7s that you can find in your desktop PCs.


Find a full review of the Nodana, 96Boards, and the Intel Joule and see a peak of the new x86 IoT fun at this blog post of our very own Gumstix Guru. Want to get your hands on a Nodana? It’s now available at the Gumstix Store!

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STEM the First Step to Space

Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Candidate Andrew Smith talks STEM at his Former Public School

©Canadian Space Agency

During his recent visit to the entire K-8 Harrowsmith Public School, Andrew Smith shared his knowledge of space and was a natural teacher fielding questions about the moon being made of cheese, the possibility of alien life and how do astronauts get back to Earth? Read his answers and find out his favorite subject in the full article from the Frontenac News.

Lunduke Hour Energized Over Geppetto

Bryan Lunduke, host of the Lunduke Hour and Linux expert, interviews Gumstix CEO, Gordon Kruberg, about Gumstix and Geppetto.

Catch this fast pace interview here

An Astronauts Path to Space for CSA

The Path to Space Following Andrew Smith, Gumstix Lead Engineer


Image from © Canadian Space Agency

All of us here at Gumstix are proud to have our very own lead engineer, Andrew Smith, as one of the potential astronauts representing the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), both on Earth and in Space.


Image from © Canadian Space Agency

Out of over 3,772 applicants, Andrew has made the short list of seventy-two candidates to be considered for the two CSA astronaut positions in the next generation of Canada’s space explorers.

What does it take to have the right stuff

Andrew is uniquely qualified for this position. Academically, he has excelled with a bachelors and masters in engineering from Queen’s University and a PH.D., in aeronautics & astronautics from Stanford University. Professionally, he has been designing and building the very hardware that is being used in multiple space, military and industrial projects across the globe. Read Andrew’s full CSA profile here.

What exactly do Canadian Astronauts do?

Since the first team of Canadian astronauts were formed in 1983, there have been 12 recruited astronauts through 3 campaigns, and 8 of these professionals have participated in 16 space missions. Canada’s active astronauts support space missions in progress and prepare for a future mission by taking extensive training. They mainly work at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. However, they return to Canada periodically to participate in various activities and encourage young Canadians to pursue their education in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Andrew’s Next Steps

We look forward to following Andrew as he completes the final tests before the candidates are chosen in August. In the meantime, we will keep you posted on his progress. Last week Andrew was interviewed by CBC News Toronto on his path to space. Listen to what motivates him to pursue the final frontier. His interview starts near the 25-minute mark of the podcast.

Wish Andrew good luck by sharing this post and following his Twitter account @AndrewCSmith32.

See4Me Wearable Device wins 1st Place in Go Geppetto Competition

Congratulations “GO Geppetto®” Intel® Joule™ Design Competition Winners!

After months of competition, we are happy to announce the “GO Geppetto®” Intel® Joule™ Design Contest Winners!

The Grand Prize Winner, receiving a free $1,999 Geppetto Manufacturing and 2 free boards of the winning See4Me design is Marco Del Pino!

3D Image of the board

See4Me Joule Module by Marco Dal Pino

See4Me Joule Module is a wearable device to help vision impaired people to “see” what’s around using AI and Cognitive Services from Microsoft Azure.

Our 5 Get-to-Market Winners each receive a $1,000 Geppetto Manufacturing Credit and 2 free boards of their winning designs with manufacturing credit is applied, in no particular order.

    Gumstix Linuxium Compute Stick for Intel® Joule™ Compute Module by Ian Morrison
    Compact RealSense Sensor Kit by Roman Sandoval
    Hyper Intelligent Web Service Industrial Dual Ethernet Gateway by Albert Putnam
    IOT x86 Joule Gateway by Kristopher Kubicki
    Self driving car infotainment system by Arun Magesh

Read more about each winning project in Go Geppetto Blog Series

Ready to build your own? Check out the Gumstix Intel Joule boards designed to kickstart your own device or start your design in Geppetto today!