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!”

The Whole Kit and Kaboodle

Gumstix Solutions Kits get you up and running quickly

November 8, 2013 | Andrew Simpson

Our aim at Gumstix has always been to build the best tools to let you design and deliver your dream project as effortlessly as possible. With so many combinations of computers-on-module and expansion boards available, getting the advanced functionality you need has only ever been a click away. With such a staggering array of options, however, how do you know which one to choose when beginning a project? We’ve got the answer.

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Announcing Crowdfunding for Geppetto Designs

August 20, 2013 | Andrew Simpson

Gumstix is very excited to announce that everyone in the Geppetto community can now create community campaigns for their designs! As many of you know, crowdfunding is the same model of project funding that has been made popular by sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The ability to create campaigns is built directly into Geppetto and our online store.

Users can now take their custom Geppetto designs and run a campaign to see if anyone else in the community is also interested in their design by pledging. The creator of a board sets the number of days a campaign will run for, as well as the number of boards needed for the campaign to be successful. If participants pledge enough boards before the campaign is over, each user pays their proportional share of the Geppetto setup fee (currently $1,999) as well as the cost for each board they order (this varies, but it’s usually close to $50). Another great feature is that, as part of the launch, if more than a certain number of participants join a campaign (right now it’s 50, but this may change in the future) and it’s successful, Gumstix will waive the manufacturing fees altogether, meaning each participant only pays for the boards they order, no setup fee.

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