Gumstix in Space

June 4, 2015 | Uthra Krishnan

NASA wants to turn CubeSats into the next planetary explorers and Gumstix can help do it. CubeSats are relatively inexpensive satellites that are low power, low weight, and small in size.

cubesat

The hope of the program is to send multiple CubeSats that could be deployed onto a planet’s surface at various locations. The sensors on board would then communicate back to the mother ship which would feed the information back to earth. The versatility of CubeSats allow for each satellite to be customized for the function it will serve and the terrain it will be deployed to.

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Tutorial: Using Robot Operating System With Gumstix

May 14, 2014 | Adam Lee

The Yocto Project’s build system makes building your own Linux embedded system easy using “layers”. Thanks to the guys at the BMW Car IT group, Robot Operating System (ROS) Hydro Medusa (the great collection of software libraries and tools for building robot applications) is now available as a Yocto Project layer. ROS has everything from basic drivers to state-of-the-art algorithms, and it’s all open source. ROS Hydro Medusa is the most recent release, and thanks to Gumstix’ support for the Yocto Project, users can get started with ROS quickly and easily. Here’s how to do it!

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A Small Part of a Big Day

December 10, 2013 | Andrew Simpson

Big Day

Big day for Miles Scott when he warmed hearts not just in San Francisco, but around the world last month when the Make-a-Wish Foundation made his dream of being Batkid for a day come true. Miles was back in the news today attending a fundraiser to help other kids just like him, while we got a rare look inside the Batcave and some of its tech.

Small Part

Instructables has been host to a wonderful series on the technology that made Miles’ wish into a reality. It’s been a great look at a lot of the volunteer work that goes into building the custom stuff that pretty much every Make-a-Wish grant involves, and Gumstix was delighted to have been a part of the ultra-cool wrist-projector communicator used.

Small Part of a Big Day
Our Overo and Summit boards used for Batkid’s wrist projector communicator

From “Commissioner” Gordon and everyone here at Gumstix to all those out there who helped make this dream come true, we’d like to say “Way to go!”