Oh noes, a late monthly update post!

I could go on about the lack of hours in a day etc but instead here’s what I’ve been up to since the last update:

Done a healthy amount of prototyping which kept me sane in between endless hours of C++ coding sessions.

Watched the ever-so-cheery My Dying Bride at O2 Academy Islington.

Received some shiny XMOS XS1-L1-48 samples (Thanks Corin!) and got some hw_l1_48 boards fabbed via Laen’s awesome PCB order. I even got a laser cut stencil but didn’t have time to populate them yet!

I have been exploring cheap, low power and low cost embedded devices used as part of a larger processing framework for my PhD project so when I saw Bifferboard, a £35 re-purposed embedded Linux board I couldn’t resist getting one. It’s a neat little board but sadly 32MB of memory is too much of a restriction for my application :(

Received some cheap solder paste from DealExtreme and did a quick test using my hot air soldering station. Works just as well as the premium grade stuff we get locally!

Milled a nice chunk of aluminium for a PID controlled hot-plate. I haven’t completed the build yet so don’t know how well it will perform but I have seen some very promising results. I am looking forward to hearing Al’s experience at the next OSHUG meeting, which brings me on to the important bit of this post:

Reminder: OSHUG’s coming to Canterbrury!

That’s right, the next Open Source Hardware Users Group meeting will be held at the School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent on 23rd June. There will be a nice selection of talks so don’t miss it if you’re around.

Abstracts of talks, registration link and more information can be found at the event page. Hope to see you there!

One last thing to conclude this post: I spotted this the other day when I was looking for some RGB LEDs at Farnell:

The weirdest LED, ever! I think I might have scared Rain a little bit with that :)