Welcome to the balloon board project wiki.
This wiki supports cooperation in software and hardware related to the balloon board project. The balloon board project is a Open Hardware project that ... who, what, when, where, why, how, ...
So far the balloon board project has produced several versions of the "balloon board". The "balloon board" is a "computing module" (it runs Linux) particularly suitable for battery-powered devices, wearable computing, low-power instrument monitoring, robotic control and other projects needing physically small, lightweight (<30g), low-power(<1W), high-performance computing.
an introduction to the balloon board The latest boards are Balloon 3.0 which use a Intel XScale PXA270 processor (max: 520Mhz) and up to 256 MB RAM. ... lots of I/O, including USB peripheral port (so it can be connected to a desktop PC) and USB host ports (so cameras, etc. can be plugged into the balloon board), LCD interface, stereo audio input and output, ... .
All schematic, logic and design details are publically available and anyone can build boards under the OpenHardwareLicense : the current draft of "The Balloon Open Hardware License (BOHL)" we are discussing. We hope this will become a good, general-purpose license for all kinds of open hardware. (You can make your own boards. However, to keep costs down, we encourage people to cooperate to design a very flexible PCB board, and buy large-ish quantities of it, rather than making lots of slightly-different balloon-a-likes.)
ExpansionConnector (is this where "Balloon add-on boards" connect?) This wiki is also intended to collect information on Balloon add-on boards released under similar Open Hardware licenses.
BalloonRealtime : Realtime Linux Projects.
the embedded Linux wiki has information on running Linux on several small ARM-based embedded systems.
Open Circuits supports Open Hardware
the gEDA wiki discusses "the gEDA project" -- developing a full GPL‘d suite of Electronic Design Automation tools (electrical circuit design, schematic capture, simulation, prototyping, and printed circuit board (PCB) layout.
Protel users wiki, for people who design and draw schematics and circuit boards with Protel.
The Open Graphics Project (OGP) is developing graphics cards with fully published specs and open source drivers. Since the first version will be a FPGA, is also collecting information on FPGA programming and interfacing.
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