Geppetto board out in the ocean

December 14, 2018 | Celine Marie Barrozo

Last January, we worked with Toby Schneider on a Geppetto board. Today, he sent us an update that the board is successfully running off shore of California, allowing a novel progressive imagery transmission of ocean microorganisms back to a shore-based operator.

Image of Geppetto board
Innovation Card: GobySoft Progressive Imagery Payload

This project is a display of what is possible with Geppetto. If you want to learn more about the project, tools, and software the board is using, please read the write-up he prepared available at Github.


Try Geppetto today. It’s free to do so anyway.

Geppetto is our free online design tool that allows you to create a custom hardware design. Moreover, we handle everything, from sourcing of parts to production, to ensuring that your board boots out of the box. We take care of production while you focus on your software or application. We will deliver your pre-tested, fully assembled boards (not just PCB) after 15 business days.

Changing EDA Forever with Board Builder

November 7, 2018 | Celine Marie Barrozo

If you think Geppetto is cool in designing a board with a drag and drop interface, then, Board Builder is our latest offering to help designing a board easier.

What is Board Builder?

It’s a new way to design a board by completing a checklist. Why tell you when I can show you how easy it is with this video:



Read Board Builder’s First Review by Eric Brown at LinuxGizmos.com!

How to use it?

Step 1. Choose module functions from the left box. If you don’t see one you want, use search. Note that Board Builder lets you choose by functionality or group, e.g., Sensors, then USB, then Networks.


Step 2. Click the [Start Build] button.Board Builder will place and add your chosen functions and parts on the board.


Step 3. Add Power by following the on-screen prompt after the parts has been placed.


Step 4. Finalize module layout and board size in Geppetto.

Geppetto is our free online design tool that allows you to create a custom hardware design. Moreover, we handle everything, from sourcing of parts to production, to ensuring that your board boots out of the box. We take care of production while you focus on your software or application. We will deliver your pre-tested, fully assembled boards (not just PCB) after 15 business days.

Prototype to Production with Geppetto: A Foodduck Story

November 7, 2018 | Celine Marie Barrozo

FOODDUCK is a Finnish innovation company and a pioneer of automatic dispensing systems in the line of schools, hotels and restaurants. They are in production with their first product, the FOODDUCK® Spread Dispenser and plan to lead this industry in circular economy, sustainability, and IoT integration.


The Product

The FOODDUCK® Spread Dispenser is an environmentally friendly, sustainable, cost-effective, and hygienic alternative to canteens and breadboards. Their primary customer groups are currently located in Northern Europe in hotels, restaurants and schools.

FOODDUCK is fully automatic and, if necessary, remote-controlled, enabling accurate data collection and automatically notifies headquarters when replacements are needed.

The advanced FOODDUCK technology makes it possible to efficiently recycle packaging and eliminate loss. In addition, the exact dose size brings significant savings to the usage of the spread.

The Challenge

For their first product release, Timo Sorsavirta, CEO of Foodduck Oy. and his team were searching for a supplier to support prototyping through to production. Gumstix and Geppetto looked to be a good fit for the first three FOODDUCK dispensers.

FOODDUCK


FOODDUCK Mini


FOODDUCK Mobile


The Approach

Foodduck engineers choose the off-the-shelf Gumstix Pepper 43C and later used Geppetto CAD tool to customize it, designing and building a prototype for the dispensers that met their IoT design requirements including:

  • Single board computer running Linux
  • High-speed networking connectivity
  • Touch screen support
  • USB connectivity
  • Easy to Customize

The Gumstix Pepper 43C met the first four requirements, while Geppetto was able to provide easy customization of the board to the exact product specifications of the first board. This also made it simple to make modifications for the second board design requirements for the FOODDUCK Mobile.

The first board design includes:

SBC:
Pepper 43C
LCD Display:
4.3” Flip-SIde Connector for Newhaven Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen
Processors:
TI Sitara AM3354 (Slim Version)
Network
Gigabit Ethernet
Memory
Boot MicroSD Card Slot for AM3354
USB
Standard-A Jack and Micro-B Jack
Power
5V/5A Pigtail regulator; Real Time Clock; 3.3V/1.5A and 1.8V/0.6A Regulators

“We were lucky to find Geppetto, when we started the development project of our first product. Its flexibility made it easy to tailor fit a design for our specific needs.”

– Timo Sorsavirta, CEO of FOODDUCK Oy

The Outcome

Geppetto offered a flexible solution that could easily be tailored to FOODDUCK’s specific needs. Foodduck has been pleased with the quality and the performance of the boards over the last 2 years. The only challenges they faced were created by the changing components on the other part of the FOODDUCK product which required a high-degree of customization at their end.

The Future

FOODDUCK is continuously developing and designing new products to drive the automation of the spread dispenser industry. Their products tick many boxes in the list of future market growth requirements: circular economy, sustainability, and Internet of Things. The primary customer groups for FOODDUCK are in Northern Europe hotels, restaurants and schools. FOODDUCK has received the patent for the product in the European Union and in the US – the US in particular is naturally an attractive next market to target.

Learn More About FOODDUCK: http://foodduck.fi/en/

Learn More About Geppetto Web App: https://www.gumstix.com/geppetto/overview/

AeroCore 2 for NVIDIA Jetson in action!

September 14, 2018 | Celine Marie Barrozo

On a beautiful summer day in Canada (where our Research Center is located), our engineer, Andrew Smith, decided to demo the AeroCore 2 for NVIDIA Jetson in the field. This board has our Caspa HD Camera and is running Tensor Flow for object detection and recognition.

Watch it in action




See it in the lab

On top of our own testing, the AeroCore 2 for NVIDIA Jetson was tested by Technology Editor of Electronic Design, William Wong.

“The Gumstix carrier board is designed for drones and robots but it can be used for other applications where bringing the compute power of the Jetson TX1 or TX2 to bear can be invaluable. This nice thing about the Jetson is that the applications that ran on the development board work well with the Gumstix platform.”

– William Wong, Technology Editor at Electronic Design

Geppetto Limited Offer: 2 Designs for 1 Manufacturing Fee

September 10, 2018 | Celine Marie Barrozo

We are giving you an opportunity to prototype 2 designs for 1 manufacturing fee.

Yes, that’s right, you can order 2 different designs for only $1999 and with the same lead time of 15 business days.

Why are we doing this?

Simple, we want to help you get to market as fast as possible. We know how expensive and time consuming it is to compare which COM or processor you want OR confirm which components meet your requirements exactly. We want to help YOU do these things better, faster.

Details:

  • Build 2 Geppetto boards for a single manufacturing fee of $1,999.00.
  • Designs must be ordered at same time in one order.
  • Each design requires a minimum order of five units.
  • Use the discount code Geppetto2for1 at checkout to activate the offer.
  • For a repeat order, standard setup fee will apply. See Geppetto Orders page.
  • Offer valid until December 31, 2018.

What are you waiting for? Start a free design today.

Want a demo?
Send a request.

I urge you to maximize this limited offer! This is our way of communicating to the world that Geppetto is not another online CAD tool. It’s MUCH more than that. Geppetto is here to make sure you get a custom board (not just PCB) you can work with in 15 business days.

Too good to be true? Read Bruce’s Story.

Geppetto is our free online design tool that allows you to create a custom hardware design. Moreover, we handle everything, from sourcing of parts to production, to ensuring that your board boots out of the box. We take care of production while you focus on your software or application. We will deliver your pre-tested, fully assembled boards (not just PCB) after 15 business days.